On December 10, 2007, Alex A. Beehler was appointed Principal Deputy to the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) and was Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations and Environment) from December 2007 through February 2008. As Principal Deputy, Mr. Beehler supports the Deputy Under Secretary with management and oversight responsibilities for military installations worldwide. He is also chief sustainability officer and cultural officer of the Department of Defense. <br /> <br /> Prior to his appointment, Mr. Beehler commenced as Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environment, Safety and Occupational Health) on January 5, 2004, where he simultaneously continues in that capacity.<br /> <br /> In this position, Mr. Beehler serves as the principal assistant and advisor to Deputy Under Secretary Arny for all environmental, safety, and occupational health policies and programs in DoD. Those programs include cleanup at active and closing bases, compliance with environmental laws, conservation of natural and cultural resources, pollution prevention, energy and environmental technology, fire protection, safety and explosive safety, and pest management and disease control for Defense activities worldwide. He also advises Mr. Arny on international military agreements and programs pertaining to environmental security and humanitarian assistance. <br /> Mr. Beehler comes to the department from Koch Industries where he served as Director of Environmental and Regulatory Affairs and concurrently served at the Charles G. Koch Foundation as Vice President for Environmental Projects. Mr. Beehler maintains a strong background in federal environmental policy having served in the Department of Justice as a senior trial attorney for environmental enforcement and at the Environmental Protection Agency as a special assistant for legal and enforcement counsel.<br /> <br /> Mr. Beehler is a member of the District of Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia bar associations. He received a bachelor’s degree from Princeton (1975) in public and international affairs and a law degree from University of Virginia (1978).