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Trump names nominee for Air Force installations chief

By John Liang  
August 1, 2017 at 11:09 AM

The White House announced last night that John Henderson had been nominated to become the Air Force's assistant secretary for installations, environment and energy.

Henderson most recently served as the Army Corps of Engineers' commander of the Omaha District, "where his responsibilities included overseeing an annual program of $1.5 billion dollars consisting of more than 2,500 projects supporting the nation's water resources infrastructure, military construction, and Federal interagency work in nine States, environmental restoration projects in 41 States, and an extensive program supporting Department of Defense petroleum and energy infrastructure worldwide for the Defense Logistics Agency," according to a White House statement.

Henderson has more than 23 years of active military experience as an Army engineer officer, having served two combat tours in Iraq and one tour in Afghanistan as an engineer battalion task force commander, the statement reads. He earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology and did a National Security Studies fellowship with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Henderson also is a graduate of the Joint Combined Warfighters Course, Army War College Fellowship Program, Command and General Staff College, Air Assault School, and Airborne School.

Additionally this week, the Pentagon announced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had made three Senior Executive Service appointments and assignments:

  • Raymond Horoho to become the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for manpower and reserve Affairs. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island and the Naval War College, Horoho most recently served as senior human capital executive at the Center for Human Capitol Innovation.
  • Joseph L'Etoile to become the senior adviser to the assistant secretary of defense for readiness. A graduate of The Citadel and Marine Corps University, L'Etoile most recently served as chief operating officer and partner of Orbis Operations.
  • Michael Powers to become the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for financial management and comptroller. A graduate of the University of Virginia, Wayne State University, the Federal Executive Institute, and the Professional Military Comptroller School, Powers most recently served in the Transportation Department as special assistant to the secretary for finance and budget.
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