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National Cemetery Administration

Former Directors & Under Secretaries for Memorial Affairs, 1973-2011

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Steve L. Muro, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs
National Cemetery Administration
Department of Veterans Affairs
2011-
Robin L. Higgins
Steve L. Muro was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs (USMA) on June 6, 2011.  Prior to this appointment he was Deputy Under Secretary and, since late January 2009, he served as the Acting Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs.

From February 2003 through October 2008 he was Director of the Office of Field Programs, a position he held in an acting role between December 2002 and February 2003. In these roles, he provided leadership and direction to agency field offices and facilities, and guided NCA through the largest expansion of the cemetery system since the Civil War. Since February 2009 Acting USMA Muro oversaw the opening of Alabama National Cemetery, Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Bakersfield National Cemetery and Miramar National Cemetery, as well as state veteran cemeteries built with VA grant funds including those at: Dublin, Virginia; Alliance, Nebraska; Grayson (Greenup County), Kentucky; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Spokane (Medical Lake), Washington; Springvale, Maine; Abilene, Texas; Manhattan (Fort Riley), Kansas.

Mr. Muro began his NCA career in 1978 as an automotive mechanic at Los Angeles National Cemetery. Subsequently he held multiple positions of increasing responsibility, including directorships and assistant directorships at seven national cemeteries and Memorial Service Network V, headquartered in Oakland, California. In 2008, Mr. Muro received the Presidential Meritorious Rank Award.

He served in the U.S. Navy from 1968 to 1972, including two tours of duty in Vietnam: on board the USS Benjamin Stoddert (DDG-22) and with the Seabees of Mobile Construction Battalion TEN.


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