The Senate on Thursday confirmed Robert McMahon as assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment, a newly created office that will absorb the individual components of the ASD for energy, installations and environment office. McMahon has been ASD for logistics and materiel readiness. DOD is merging the two offices into the new sustainment office as part of the reorganization plan triggered by the Feb. 1 split of the undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics office into two smaller organizations.
At press time, it was not clear how quickly the Pentagon will carry out the planned restructuring. DOD’s public affairs office did not respond to questions about the timeline submitted by On Base. Last month, Defense News reported that many of the organizational changes stemming from the split of the acquisition, technology and logistics office should be in place by the end of the first quarter of 2019, one year ahead of schedule.
After retiring from the Air Force as a major general, McMahon led the 21st Century Partnership, the local support group for Robins AFB, Ga., from September 2012 through May 2014. The Senate also confirmed James Stewart, like McMahon, a retired Air Force major general, as ASD for manpower and reserve affairs.
Air Force photo by Sue Sapp