Harvey sworn in as new secretary of Army

Army News Service

Photo by Staff Sgt. Carmen L. Burgess

Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld looks on while Raymond DuBois, director of administration and management, swears in Dr. Francis J. Harvey as the 19th secretary of the Army Nov. 19.

Dr. Francis J. Harvey was sworn in at the Pentagon Nov. 19 as the 19th Secretary of the Army.

“This is a great honor for me,” Harvey said. “My top priority will be to serve our Soldiers, civilian employees and family members of the active component, Army Reserve and Army National Guard. I look forward to working with the secretary of defense, the Army chief of staff, Gen. Pete Schoomaker; and the Army senior leadership as we fight the Global War on Terrorism while continuing to transform the force.”

The Senate confirmed President Bush’s nomination of Dr. Harvey Nov. 16.
“It’s great to have Doctor Harvey on board as our secretary,” said Gen. Peter J. Schoomaker, the Army chief of staff. “Doctor Harvey has a wealth of experience leading large organizations with diverse work forces, managing major programs and leading technology development. His education and industry experience will serve us well as he leads our Army in this window of strategic opportunity.”

As secretary of the Army, Harvey has statutory responsibility for all matters relating to Army manpower, personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems and equipment acquisition, communications and financial management. Secretary Harvey is responsible for the department’s annual budget of $98.5 billion.

He leads a work force of over one million active-duty, Army National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers; 220,000 civilian employees; thousands of contractors; and has stewardship over 15 million acres of land.

Prior to his appointment, Harvey was a business executive with broad experience centered on the defense industry. He held various professional, management and executive positions within the Westinghouse Corporation from 1969 to 1997, including president of the Electronics Systems Group, president of the Government and Environmental Services Company, and chief operating officer of the $6 billion Industries and Technology Group.

Most recently, Harvey was a director and vice chairman of Duratek, a company specializing in treating radioactive, hazardous and other wastes. In his career, he has been involved in one or more phases of more than 20 major Department of Defense programs.

Harvey earned his doctorate in Metallurgy and Material Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania and his Bachelor of Science at the University of Notre Dame in Metallurgy Engineering and Material Science. He was a White House Fellow at the Department of Defense in the late 1970s.

Harvey succeeds Les Brownlee, who served as the acting Secretary of the Army for the past 18 months.

“I want to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to Secretary Les Brownlee for his leadership and stewardship of the Army over the past 18 months,” Schoomaker said. “I speak for the entire Army family when I say his tireless efforts – to build a campaign-quality Army with joint and expeditionary capabilities, to equip our Soldiers with the best equipment and to improve their quality of life – will have an impact on the Army and ensure we remain relevant and ready for decades to come.”

(Editor’s note: Information from a Department of Defense press release.)