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Release No: 916-03
December 04, 2003

Beehler to Lead DoD Environmental Policy

            Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment Raymond F. DuBois announced today the selection of Alex Albert Beehler as the assistant deputy under secretary of defense for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health.  Beehler replaces John Paul Woodley who was recently appointed assistant secretary of the Army for civil works. 


            Beehler will serve as the principal assistant and advisor to DuBois for all environmental, safety, and occupational health policies and programs in the Department of Defense.  Those programs include cleanup at active and closing bases, compliance with environmental laws, conservation of natural and cultural resources, pollution prevention, environmental technology, fire protection, safety and explosive safety, and pest management and disease control for Defense activities worldwide.  He will also advise DuBois on international military agreements and programs pertaining to environmental security.


            Beehler’s priorities will include the implementation of DoD’s environmental readiness initiative in response to challenges of encroachment, the Defense Environmental Restoration Program, unexploded ordnance management, explosive safety, and pollution prevention.


            Beehler comes to the department from Koch Industries where he served as director of environmental and regulatory affairs and concurrently served at the Charles G. Koch Foundation as vice president for environmental projects.  Beehler maintains a strong background in federal environmental policy having served in the Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney for environmental enforcement and at the Environmental Protection Agency as a special assistant for legal and enforcement counsel.


            Beehler is a member of the District of Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia bar associations.  He received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton (1975) in public and international affairs and a law degree from University of Virginia (1978).


            Information on DoD’s environmental programs is available at https://www.denix.osd.mil.

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