Podcast Matt Kleiman


1 hour and 1 minute

Episode #7 Featuring RADM Kleiman

RADM Kleiman is an Assistant U.S. Surgeon General detailed to the National Guard Bureau where he serves as Director of Psychological Health and Chief of Warrior Resilience and Fitness.

About RADM Kleiman

 In January 2021, RADM Kleiman was selected to the rank of Rear Admiral and assumed the role of Assistant U.S. Surgeon General. He will continue his work as an executive-level leader within DoD serving as the National Guard Bureau’s Director of Psychological Health, a position he has held since 2016. In this role, he designs, develops, and directs an enterprise-wide system for psychological health fitness and resilience for over 450,000 National Guard members and their families. He is responsible for providing oversight, implementation, execution, and quality control for psychological health, resilience, and suicide prevention operations across the joint services. Additionally, in 2019 RADM Kleiman was selected by the Chief of the National Guard Bureau to lead the new Warrior Resilience and Fitness (WRF) Office. In this role, he directs the National Guard Bureau’s efforts to synchronize and implement well-being, resilience, and prevention programs across the Air and Army National Guard and throughout the 54 states, territories, and DC. 

RADM Kleiman is a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service. Prior to his assignment at the National Guard Bureau, he was detailed to the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) for six years, where he served as the USCG Chief of Behavioral Health Services at their Headquarters Office in DC. Previously, RADM Kleiman served in the Office of Health Affairs at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a principal advisor on resilience and behavioral health policies across DHS. Prior to that assignment, he was assigned as the National Mental Health Coordinator for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, responsible for coordinating the mental health care for all detained undocumented migrants in the United States. RADM Kleiman began his career as a Public Health Services Officer working emergency response operations for the Department of Health and Human Services, coordinating disaster response efforts for large scale emergencies such as Hurricane Katrina and the London Bombings. 

Prior to transferring to the Public Health Service in 2005, RADM Kleiman was a commissioned officer in the United States Air Force, where for six years he provided a broad array of direct behavioral health clinical services to Airmen and their families at multiple duty locations. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, received his Master of Social Work degree from the University of Georgia, and is a licensed clinical social worker and board certified diplomat. 

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