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Release No: 697-10
August 04, 2010

Army Swears In New Assistant Secretary for Installations and Environment

            The Department of the Army announced today that Katherine Hammack was officially sworn in as the assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment here today during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes at 9 a.m. EDT by the Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal.

            Hammack serves as the primary advisor to the secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army on all matters related to installation policy.  She has oversight of energy security and management and is responsible for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives; resource management including design, military construction, operations and maintenance; Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC); privatization of Army family housing, lodging, real estate, utilities; and the Army’s installations safety and occupational health programs.

            “I am deeply honored to have the opportunity to influence the quality of life of our soldiers and their families,” Hammack said.  “Our installations and the environment play such an important role and have such a significant impact on our soldiers, civilians, families and their well-being.  Energy security and environmental sustainability are our responsibility to future generations.  If our relations with the environment are balanced, so will our relations with our neighbors both at home and abroad.”

            Prior to her appointment, Hammack was a leader in Ernst & Young LLP’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice.  There she assisted clients with obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) green building certification for their buildings and identification of sustainability strategies.  She was appointed to her new position by President Obama on June 28, 2010.

            For more information contact Dave Foster, 703-697-5344 or Dave.Foster1@us.army.mil.