Edward Russell was appointed Director of the Reno Regional Office (RO) effective Sept. 21, 2009. He administers benefits and services to approximately 243,900 Veterans, Servicemembers, their families and survivors in Nevada and the California counties of Alpine, Lassen, Modoc, and Mono. Mr. Russell is also an active participant in the Veterans Benefits Administration Training Board, which evaluates training programs for all VBA business lines. He is a U.S. Army Veteran.
Al Bittler was promoted to this position in April 2000. Prior to this promotion, Mr. Bittler was Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager in the Reno RO from February 1993 to April 2000. From 1971 to 1974, he was in the U.S. Army Security Agency. In 1972, he served as a military intelligence advisor to the South Vietnamese military.