William (Bill) L. Carwile, III returned to FEMA in May 2009 as the Assistant Administrator for Disaster Operations. While serving in this capacity, Mr. Carwile transformed, restructured, and improved the overall operational readiness of the Disaster Operations Directorate. He assumed his current position as the Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery in December 2009 with the reorganization of FEMA Headquarters. As the Associate Administrator for Response and Recovery, Mr. Carwile is responsible for directing FEMA’s Response, Recovery, and Logistics Directorates, as well as the Office of Federal Disaster Coordination (OFDC). Additionally, he has ultimate responsibility for coordinating and synchronizing all of FEMA's Headquarter operational response activities during major disasters and/or emergency activations.
In his previous service at FEMA, Mr. Carwile served as a Federal Coordinating Officer (FCO) and in a number of other senior-level positions on large federal disaster response operations between 1996 and 2005. As an FCO, he served as the representative of the President and DHS/FEMA during major disaster and emergency declarations; orchestrating federal resources and programs in support of state governors. Further, Mr. Carwile served as the director of the Pacific Area Office for FEMA Region IX.
Mr. Carwile's emergency management leadership experience includes such large-scale disasters as Super Typhoon Paka in Guam; Hurricane Georges in Puerto Rico; Tropical Storm Allison in Louisiana; the New York City World Trade Center response; Super Typhoon Chataan in Guam; California Wildfires and response and recovery efforts for the four hurricanes that struck Florida in 2004. During Hurricane Katrina, he served as the FCO for the Mississippi response. In these and all other disasters, he demonstrated a full understanding of the supporting role of the federal government with state and local officials, and focused on building and maintaining strong intergovernmental and interagency partnerships.
Following his service in the 9/11 terrorist attack response, Mr. Carwile reconstituted the National Emergency Response Team (NERT). The emergency response team was subsequently deployed to the 2002 Winter Olympics where he supervised preparations for possible federal consequence management operations and served as the senior FEMA Official in the FBI's Joint Operations Center.
In 2004, Secretary Ridge awarded Mr. Carwile the Department of Homeland Security's Silver Medal. Also, during the 2005 National Hurricane Conference, Mr. Carwile was awarded the Neil Frank Award for his part in developing a strong, stable, and effective State - Federal team during the historic 2004 Florida Hurricanes.
A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Mr. Carwile completed a distinguished 30-year career in which he served in command and operational staff positions in special forces, infantry, and headquarter organizations. Awards and decorations earned by Mr. Carwile while serving in the United States Army include: the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Bronze Star, Legion of Merit (2), and other meritorious service medals.
In addition to both his military and Federal government careers, Mr. Carwile has held positions as an adjunct professor and subject matter expert at the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS), Texas A&M University, and the Homeland Security Institute (HSI).
Mr. Carwile holds a bachelor's of arts in political science from the University of Tulsa, a master's degree in public administration from Shippensburg University and a degree in national security studies from the United States Army War College.