Katherine Hammack was yesterday officially sworn in as assistant secretary of the Army for installations and environment during a ceremony in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes by the Undersecretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal.
Hammack serves as the primary adviser to the secretary of the Army and chief of staff of the Army on issues related to installation policy. She oversees energy security and management and has responsibility for policy and oversight of sustainability and environmental initiatives; resource management; base realignment and closure; 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.”
Before her appointment, Hammack worked at Ernst & Young LLP’s Climate Change and Sustainability Services practice with assisting clients with obtaining Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design green building certification for their buildings and identification of sustainability strategies. She was appointed to her new position by President Barack Obama June 28, 2010.