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John L. Newby II serves as Commissioner of the Virginia Department of Veterans Services.
Son of a retired Army Sergeant Major from Isle of Wight County, Commissioner Newby served in Iraq as an aviator aboard the Boeing B-1B Lancer strategic bomber and commanded an Air Force special operations forward air control unit supporting the U.S. Army’s 3rd and 7th Special Forces Groups (Airborne). Following his military service, Commissioner Newby served as an attorney at private sector law firms and an international defense contractor. He also served as a member of former Senator Jim Webb’s Service Academy Selection Board.
In January of 2014, Commissioner Newby was appointed to serve as Virginia’s Deputy Secretary of Veterans and Defense Affairs. In this role, he assisted the Secretary with oversight of all veteran-related issues in Virginia, and supported Governor McAuliffe’s initiatives focused on relationship building with our nation’s military services and our active duty military communities.
Commissioner Newby received his commission and Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Air Force Academy, and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He, his wife Reba and daughter Jillian reside in Richmond, Virginia.