First female army secretary confirmed after bizarre turnaround

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Christine Wormuth was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, becoming the military’s first female secretary.

The confirmation came after a ‘procedural hiccup’ where she was confirmed and then unconfirmed only to be reconfirmed within 24 hours.

In a strange twist, Senate Leader Chuck Schumer, a New York Democrat, asked the Senate to revoke Wormuth’s nomination after it was unanimously approved.

“As at the board meeting, I am asking unanimously for the Senate to challenge the earlier action on Executive Calendar 135,” Schumer said on the Senate floor.

The Senate was adjourned for the night after Schumer received unanimous permission to “ compromise ” or revoke Wormuth’s confirmation.

According to Roll Call correspondent Andrew Clevenger, the move “looks more like a procedural hiccup than a threat to her historic confirmation.”

Politico quoted an assistant to the Senate Armed Services Committee who attributes it to a “confusion on the ground.”

Christine Wormuth

Christine Wormuth made history as the first woman ever to be confirmed by the United States Senate as Secretary of the Army – only to have the top chamber turn itself over and then turn it over again, which her confirmed Thursday.

In a strange twist, Senate leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, asked the Senate to revoke Wormuth's nomination after it was unanimously approved.

In a strange twist, Senate leader Chuck Schumer, the New York Democrat, asked the Senate to revoke Wormuth’s nomination after it was unanimously approved.

Earlier on Wednesday night, Wormuth tweeted that she was “so honored to be confirmed as Secretary of the Army!”

“Serving in this role is a tremendous privilege and a tremendous responsibility!”

That tweet has since been removed. Schumer also deleted a tweet congratulating Wormuth.

DailyMail.com sought comment from Wormuth.

Wormuth conducted her nomination hearings before the Senate Armed Forces Committee earlier this month.

She will be one of the more powerful officials in a defense establishment long male-dominated, and she would be the second woman named by Biden in a top Pentagon role.

According to Roll Call correspondent Andrew Clevenger, the move appears to be

According to Roll Call correspondent Andrew Clevenger, the move “looks more like a procedural hiccup than a threat to her historic confirmation.”

The Deputy Secretary of Defense is Kathleen Hicks.

Wormuth’s most recent job was as director of the International Security and Defense Policy Center at RAND Corp., a federally funded think tank.

But before that, she was the undersecretary of defense for policy and the senior director for defense policy at the NSC during the Obama administration and held other positions in the Department of Defense.

She was also previously Deputy Assistant Secretary for the Defense of the Homeland.

Wormuth addressed a wide variety of issues at the May 13 hearing, but many of the questions focused on personnel and management climate issues that plagued the service.

The military’s approach to sexual assault and other violence has been thoroughly explored in the wake of a series of crimes, including murders and suicides last year in Fort Hood, Texas.

Last month, the military said it had taken disciplinary action against 21 officers and NCOs at Fort Hood in connection with Spc’s death last year. Vanessa Guillén, who was missing for about two months before her remains were found.

The punishments, including the firing of eight senior commanders, were the last moves of the army in response to Guillén’s disappearance and death.

A review panel found that military leaders in the post did not adequately deal with high rates of sexual assault and intimidation and completely neglected the sexual assault prevention program.

Wormuth said she was “angry and frustrated” by the failures at Fort Hood.

And she said the military should “ pay quite a bit of attention ” to improving the command climate all the way down to the lower levels so that younger soldiers feel safe and can file complaints if necessary.

Earlier on Wednesday evening, Wormuth tweeted that she was “so honored to be confirmed as Secretary of the Army!  Serving in this role is a tremendous privilege and a tremendous responsibility!  That tweet has since been removed.  Schumer also deleted a tweet congratulating Wormuth.  DailyMail.com has also solicited comments from Wormuth

Earlier on Wednesday night, Wormuth tweeted that she was “so honored to be confirmed as Secretary of the Army!” “Serving in this role is a tremendous privilege and a tremendous responsibility!” That tweet has since been removed. Schumer also deleted a tweet congratulating Wormuth. DailyMail.com has also solicited comments from Wormuth

She added that she would like to see what more could be done, and not just “ more Power Point slides where people go to the mental screen saver. ”

One of these could be better bystander training for soldiers so they know how and when to intervene if they see something happening.

Wormouth also said assessment teams set up by the army leadership could already be a way to solve the problem.

Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin’s first directive after taking office in January ordered senior leaders to investigate their sexual assault prevention programs, and he set up an independent panel to study the matter.

That panel recommended that decisions to prosecute soldiers for sexual assault be made by independent authorities, not commanders, a major change that the military has resisted.

In other comments, she said she is aware of increased demands on the military’s National Guard over the past year as civilian soldiers responded to civil unrest, COVID-19 testing and vaccination needs, natural disasters and other deployments.

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