By Department of the ArmyMarch 9, 2007
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, March 9, 2007) - Mr. Pete Geren assumed his duties as Acting Secretary of the Army here today. The Secretary of Defense named Mr. Pete Geren as Acting Secretary of the Army March 2, 2007, following Secretary of the Army Dr. Francis J. Harvey's resignation.
"The Soldier remains the heart of our Army," Geren said. "Our Soldiers serve with courage and distinction as we enter the fifth year of the Global War on Terrorism. They remain dedicated to something far bigger than themselves: protecting our Nation."
Geren became the 28th Under Secretary of the Army Feb. 21, 2006. As Under Secretary, he assisted the Secretary of the Army in fulfilling statutory responsibilities for recruiting, supplying, equipping, training and mobilizing the Army and managing the Army's annual budget and more than 1.3 million active duty, National Guard, Army Reserve and Army civilian personnel.
Geren joined the Department of Defense in September 2001, serving as Special Assistant to the Secretary of Defense with responsibilities in the areas of inter-agency initiatives, legislative affairs and special projects. He served as Acting Secretary of the Air Force from July to November 2005.