The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a confirmation hearing this morning for several installation officials, including President Trump’s nominee for the Army’s top installations and energy position. President Trump first nominated Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment last October before resubmitting it in January; that came after the committee returned it to the White House at the beginning of the year after failing to schedule a confirmation hearing for him by the end of the congressional session.
During the George W. Bush administration, Beehler served as acting deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, assistant deputy undersecretary and principal deputy to the deputy undersecretary for environment, safety and occupational health. Jordan Gillis is serving as the Army’s acting assistant secretary for installations, energy and environment in the absence of a confirmed official.
Senate Armed Services held a confirmation hearing for the installations and energy nominees for the Air Force and Navy in January, with the Senate confirming those individuals in February.
The committee also will review the nomination of Robert McMahon to be assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment, which was announced earlier this month. McMahon now is ASD for logistics and materiel readiness. DOD is merging that office with the ASD for energy, installations and environment 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. McMahon retired from the Air Force as a major general in 2012 after serving as commander of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Center at Robins AFB, Ga. He then led the 21st Century Partnership, the local support group for Robins, from September 2012 through May 2014.
Other nominees that will be reviewed at today’s hearing, scheduled for 9:30 a.m., include:
- Alan Shaffer for deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment; and
- Veronica Daigle for ASD for readiness.
DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Hammond