Pentagon Leadership

sharonweinbergermedalIn 1981, Dr. Lord’s work with defense groups, civilian and military, led to her appointment as U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense in Manpower, Reserve Affairs and Logistics, with responsibility for aviation and ground safety, explosive safety worldwide, all aspects of military and civilian equal opportunity, and industrial hygiene.

With her appointment in the Reagan Administration in 1981, she became the highest ranking woman in the U.S. Defense Department (with the equivalent rank of three-star general) and the first woman to head the deputate of Safety, Industrial Hygiene and Occupational Health.

She received the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal for her work—the second-highest medal a civilian can receive and the first woman to be so honored.  She was also named one of Washington’s “most powerful women” by Washingtonian Magazine.