Army swears in new assistant secretary
August 5, 2010
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Aug. 5, 2010) -- The Department of the Army swore in Katherine Hammack as assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment, Aug. 4, during a ceremony at the Pentagon.
Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal administered the oath of office to Hammack, who was nominated for her new position by President Barack Obama June 28.
"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 and Families and their well-being."
Hammack is the primary advisor to the secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army on all matters related to installation policy. She oversees energy security and management and is responsible for sustainability and environmental initiatives.
"Energy security and environmental sustainability are our responsibility to future generations," Hammack said. "If our relations with the environment are balanced, so will our relations with our neighbors both at home and abroad."
She is also responsible for policy concerning resource management, base realignment and closure, Army family housing and safety and occupational health programs at installations. Hammack has more than 30 years of experience in energy and sustainability advisory services.
She previously worked at Ernst & Young LLP, assisting clients with obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, or LEEDS green building certification and identifying sustainability strategies.