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SES Sally G. Pfenning, SES

Chief of Installation Support Division

Published Oct. 4, 2019

Ms. Sally G. Pfenning was selected for Senior Executive Service in September 2018, as the Chief of Installation Support Division for US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).  In this position she works to provide solutions in support of America’s Installations by expanding the technical expertise of members of the DoD engineering community and effectively applying USACE capabilities, contract capacities and other tools required to operate, maintain, sustain, restore and modernize America’s military infrastructure and real property assets. She is responsible for public works engineering technical expertise and guidance throughout USACE. She works collaboratively with the Office of the Assistant Secretary Army-Installations Energy and Environment and the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff of the Army for Installation Management; Army land holding commands and Installation Management Command (IMCOM) senior leadership to develop and implement USACE installation engineering support policy and doctrine.

Before her assignment as Chief of Installation Support, Ms. Pfenning was the Assistant Chief of Staff (G4), IMCOM Europe. Prior to that assignment, she held successive positions within IMCOM-Pacific, including Public Works Director and Deputy to the Garrison Commander, U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii.  Previous assignments within USACE include: Civil Works Planning Technical Leader, Strategic Planner, and a six-month detail as a legislative assistant within the Civil Works Directorate.  She held assignments as the Chief, Operations and Maintenance at US Army Garrison Kaiserslautern, Germany and as Chief of Master Planning/Strategic Planner at US Army Garrison Baden Wuerttemberg, Germany.  Ms. Pfenning began her Federal career as a student trainee and intern at USACE’s Jacksonville District, and was promoted to a Planning Technical Leader for civil works projects within the state of Florida.

In addition, Ms. Pfenning has served in multiple special assignments with different agencies to include the U.S. Department of Interior, the U.S. Geological Survey, and the US Army Pacific as an installation engineering expert supporting the Philippine Army.

A native of Florida, Ms. Pfenning earned a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Jacksonville University and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Miami in 2000.  Significant professional education include the Senior Executive Fellows Program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in 2012, graduate studies in Strategy and Performance Management at Georgetown University during 2011, and a Certificate in Government Strategic Leadership from the National Defense University in 2009.

She was the recipient of the William C. Gribble DPW Executive of the Year in 2016, three Superior Civilian Service Awards, the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service, the Civilian Service Medal, and the IMCOM Europe Support Executive of the Year for Master Planning in 2007.

She and her husband, Michael Pfenning, live in Alexandria, Virginia.


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