Dan Cohen AUTHOR The Senate on Monday confirmed John Conger, who has led DOD’s installations office for the past three years, to be the principal deputy to the Pentagon comptroller.Peter Potochney, currently Conger’s principal deputy, will take over on an interim basis, according to the DOD public affairs office.Last month, President Obama nominated Vice Adm. Philip Cullom to be assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for energy, installations and environment on a permanent basis. Cullom has served as deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics since March 2012. The Senate Armed Services Committee has not yet scheduled a hearing on Cullom’s nomination.Conger has been the acting ASD for energy, installations and environment since the office was created last December. The fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill directed the department to merge the office of the ASD for operational energy plans and programs with the office of the deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment.Conger served as acting DUSD for installations and environment since September 2012, after serving as that position’s assistant since June 2009.The Senate confirmed three other individuals on Monday to defense posts as well — Alissa Starzak to be Army general counsel; Stephen Welby to be an assistant secretary of defense for research and engineering; and Franklin Parker to be an assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs.The votes mark the first significant effort by the chamber — with the notable exception of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s nomination — to act on President Obama’s defense nominees since the beginning of the year.
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