New USPHS Chief Engineer
Posted on February 20, 2014 | By myadmin | Leave a response
Feb. 20, 2014 at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Md., a ceremony was held to recognize Rear Adm. Randall J.F. Gardner, P.E., USPHS, as the 13th Chief Engineer Officer of the U.S. Public Health Service. Adm. Gardner began serving in his new position in November 2013. An SAME member since 1993, Adm. Gardner also served on the SAME National Board of Direction 2009–2012. He succeeds Rear Adm. Sven E. Rodenbeck, Sc.D., P.E., BCEE, F.SAME, USPHS (Ret.), who had served as Chief Engineer since November 2009.
Adm. Gardner, in his role as Chief Engineer, leads the Commissioned Corps of the U.S. Public Health Service Engineer Professional Affairs, and advises the Office of the Surgeon General and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on recruitment, assignment, deployment, retention and professional development of Commissioned Corps engineers. Among his career accomplishments, in FY2009, Adm. Gardner was asked to serve as the Indian Health Service (IHS) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Coordinator. After three years in this coordination role, he received an IHS Director’s Award and the HHS Secretary’s Distinguished Service Award for his contribution to the successful implementation of the Recovery Act program by the Indian Health Service. He also has served in many disaster response and planning and preparation assignments connected to Hurricanes Hugo, Isabel, Katrina, Rita, Gustav, Hanna, and Ike.
Congratulations to Adm. Gardner! Click here for his full bio.