REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Bobbi J. W. Davis was appointed to the Senior Executive Service during a promotion ceremony at the Executive Operations Center at Army Materiel Command Headquarters Nov. 19.
Davis’ appointment to SES cements her current role as a leader in the AMC Office of Command Counsel, where she continues to serve as the Deputy Chief Counsel, providing legal support to the commanding general and staff, and oversees the work of more than 350 attorneys worldwide throughout the AMC enterprise.
A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Davis’ first assignment as a Department of the Army civilian was as the Deputy Chief Counsel for Expeditionary Contracting Command, where she provided legal support for Army service component commands and federal agencies. Before retirement, she spent 23 years on active duty serving as a Judge Advocate.
After reaffirming the oath of office upon her induction, Davis noted in her remarks that her appointment was not about her.
“It’s about those who have supported, guided and mentored me to get to this point,” she said.
One of her mentors, Levator Norsworthy, Deputy General Counsel for Acquisition for the Army Office of General Counsel, described Davis as having a history and legacy of experience.
“There is not a facet of the law she does not have experience in,” he said in his remarks during the ceremony.
Norsworthy said the Army’s legal community is moving through numerous transitions, and Davis’ appointment would be essential for the AMC team as it represents positivity and improvement toward a well-diversified workforce.
“In my history, it has not always been this way and it is today,” Norsworthy said. “There is extreme importance in establishing and maintaining a culture in this job, and her role will be essential in establishing and keeping that culture.”
In her remarks, Davis reflected on her father’s 50 years of service to the Army, first as a Soldier and then as a civilian. Also speaking on the improvements to diversity and equality, she shared that, in earlier years, her father had to “ride in the back of the bus,” but persevered to provide better opportunities for his family, for which she’s grateful.
Davis’ husband, Kenneth Davis, and their three children, Spencer, Kennedy and Sebastian attended the ceremony along with three of Davis’ aunts, Bertha Dean, Sherry Miller and Katherine Williams.
“I’m truly humbled by this appointment,” Davis said. “I’m grateful to work for an organization that puts people first. It’s inspiring to work with people and see how we can grow as we work harder.”