AF Reserve News

Yellow Ribbon reveres military children
Dominick Lopez and Kyera Rowe, both children of military parents who recently deployed, participate in a dance-off contest during a Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program event in Chicago, April 21, 2018. The children also were awarded certificates of accomplishment as part of the Month of the Military Child program celebrated annually during the month of April. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Benjamin Mota)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Gen. Joseph Lengyel, chief of National Guard Bureau, before the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. Miller met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Air Force Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Testifies on AFR Budget
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, chief of Air Force Reserve, and commander, Air Force Reserve Command, testifies with fellow Guard and Reserve component chiefs during the U.S. Senate Committee on Appropriations hearing at the Dirksen Senate Office Building, Washington D.C., April 17, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks to the audience at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters U.S. Air Force, Washington, D.C., and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base, Georgia, speaks with Ohio Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R-2nd) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington D.C., April 13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Miller Highlights AF Reserve Issues at Caucus Breakfast
Lt. Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Maryland Congressman Anthony Brown (D-4th) at the House National Guard and Reserve Component Caucus Breakfast at the Rayburn Building, Washington, D.C., April13, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Lt. Col Denise Kerr)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Gen. Maryanne Miller, Chief of Air Force Reserve, and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, speaks with Lt. Gen. Charles D. Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General, United States Army Reserve Command, prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)
Lt. Gen. Miller Testifies before House Appropriations Committee
Component chiefs for the Guard and Reserve prepare to be seated prior to meeting with the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee at the U.S. Capitol Building, Washington D.C., April 12, 2018. The chiefs met with the committee to discuss fiscal year 2019 budgeting for the Guard and Reserve. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Kat Justen)

Assistant secretary for installations, environmental, energy named 2017 Federal Engineer of the Year

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AFNS) --

John Henderson, P.E., the assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for installations, environment, and energy, has been named the National Society of Professional Engineers’ 2018 Federal Engineer of the Year.

Henderson, who received the honor during the 39th Annual FEYA Banquet at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23, 2018, was nominated for the award while serving as district commander of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Omaha District.

“This is a great honor,” said Henderson, shortly after he was named the winner. “I was aware of some of the other nominations and accomplishments and I’m very humbled and honored to be recognized among such a really well-qualified group of people. I want to say I also accept this award on behalf of the 1300 engineering professionals and project management professionals out of the Omaha District who have done some incredibly amazing things.”

As district commander, Henderson guided his agency during the Dakota Access Pipeline permitting process, which received national attention after Corps lands were occupied by thousands of protestors. While under scrutiny, he consistently demonstrated profound leadership by focusing teammates on the role of the Corps as a neutral party, exercising regulatory authority according to the law and sound science.

Henderson’s team also negotiated a 20-year partnership with the Western States Power Corporation to provide more than $1 billion in private funds for the rehabilitation of federal hydropower infrastructure on the Missouri River. Aside from his problem solving skills, Henderson oversaw 1,300 personnel in 10 states and managed over 2500 projects involving more than $250 billion of critical federal infrastructure and real property, including dams, hydropower plants, levees, navigational channels, and recreational areas.

In his new role as an assistant secretary of the Air Force, Henderson is responsible for the formulation, review and execution of plans, policies, programs and budgets to meet Air Force installation, energy, environment, safety and occupational health objectives worldwide.

Henderson holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in civil engineering from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology. He also attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for a National Security Studies Fellowship. He is a member of numerous organizations including NSPE, Society of American Military Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Army Engineer Association. Throughout his career and duty locations, Henderson also took time to volunteer with Optimists International, providing input on STEM programs in local schools, and volunteering as a sports coach.