The former Chief of Staff at the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons program has been selected to serve in the role of Program Executive Officer until the position is permanently filled.
Tamika D. “Tami” Atkins, who has been involved the U.S. Chemical Demilitarization Program since 1994, with numerous assignments of increasing authority during the past nearly 30 years, assumes the position as the program continues into closure.
Previously, Atkins served as Executive Officer and Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army Chemical Materials Activity. Together, the two organizations have successfully destroyed 100% of the U.S. chemical weapons stockpile, with CMA completing its portion in 2012. PEO ACWA’s final two destruction plants completed destruction operations this summer and will work over the next several years to close the facilities in Colorado and Kentucky.
During her time working to eliminate the stockpile, Atkins has been responsible for program execution and administration, including human resources, resource management, public affairs, logistics and information technology.
Entering federal service in 1987, she was assigned to the U.S. Army Ordnance Center and School where she served until 1994. A Maryland native, Atkins was born at APG’s Kirk U.S. Army Hospital, now Kirk U.S. Army Health Clinic.
The previous PEO, Michael S. Abaie, retired Nov. 24, and the Deputy PEO, Dr. James A. Watson, Jr., was recently selected as Director of Engineering, U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command Chemical Biological Center.