The Senate Armed Services Committee this week favorably reported out two presidential nominees for headquarters positions dealing with installation and energy issues — Robert McMahon for assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment and Alex Beehler for assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment. The two now must be confirmed by the full Senate before they can assume their posts.
McMahon currently 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. 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.
President Trump originally nominated Beehler last October before resubmitting his nomination in January. 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.
The committee advanced three other nominations as well:
- Alan Shaffer for deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment;
- Veronica Daigle for assistant secretary of defense for readiness; and
- Casey Wardynski for assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve affairs.
DOD photo by Air Force Master Sgt. Ken Hammond