Jerrard new base environmental coordinator at former Williams AFB

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  • By Scott Johnston
  • AFCEC Public Affairs Office
In her two decades of service with the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Cathy Jerrard has crisscrossed the country countless times.

Her latest destination is Mesa where she takes over as the top environmental engineer in charge of the remaining cleanup at the redeveloped Williams AFB. Her duties here include BRAC Environmental Coordinator, program manager and Restoration Advisory Board co-chair at the former Williams Air Force Base.

Part of her job as BRAC Environmental Coordinator, program manager and Restoration Advisory Board co-chair is to answer questions and make sure the public receives the information they need to better understand the remediation process taking place at the former base.

Williams closed in 1993. To date, the Air Force has spent more than $93 million on the cleanup.

As a result of these cleanup activities, the Air Force has transferred 3,892 of the former base's 4,043 acres to state and private ownership.

From New York to Louisiana to South Carolina, Ms. Jerrard's work has included environmental cleanup on both soil and groundwater cleanup projects. She started her Air Force career in 1993 in upstate New York at the former Griffiss Air Force Base where she is still involved with the environmental program.

In addition, Ms. Jerrard is also the project manager at the former England AFB in Alexandria, Louisiana and the previous project manager at the former Myrtle Beach AFB in South Carolina.

"I'm really looking forward to coordinating with the members of the community as well as the stakeholders and regulators," said Ms. Jerrard, who holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University. "The redevelopment taking place at Williams is among the best I've seen at all the former bases I've worked at. The ASU campus and the Mesa Gateway Airport are impressive examples of the successful transformation of a former base to a viable public asset. It's all very interesting and I'm looking forward to assisting any way I can."

Ms. Jerrard's predecessor, Michelle Lewis, continues serving the Air Force, moving on to a position in Germany.

"We have a great team at Williams," Ms. Lewis said. "A lot of the process is about remediation, but it's also about partnerships and relationships and that's something I'm definitely going to miss. It's kind of bittersweet because we've got the ball rolling, the momentum is going and I can't wait to see what's going to happen."

The Air Force Civil Engineer Center, headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, is a 1,600-person civil engineer field operating agency responsible for providing responsive, flexible full-spectrum installation engineering services.

AFCEC missions include facility investment planning, design and construction, operations support, real property management, readiness, energy support, environmental compliance and restoration, and audit assertions, acquisition and program management. The unit conducts its operations at more than 75 locations worldwide.

The next Williams Restoration Advisory Board meeting is scheduled for May 14. For more information visit the website at