Kate Bradford began her career as an Army environmental science officer in 1980 after commissioning as a distinguished military graduate from the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) where she was the University’s first female 4-year ROTC scholarship student.
Kate served in the 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, Texas, from 1980–1981; was the Chief of Epidemiology and Disease Control and Environmental Health in Preventive Medicine at Walter Reed Army Medical Center from 1981–1985, where she developed the Army’s first AIDS education program among other noted accomplishments. Kate also deployed to the Multinational Forces and Observers, Sinai Egypt, as the preventive medicine section officer-in-charge in 1984–1985. While there, she and her team supported cutaneous Leishmaniasis research that resulted in the development of DEET-impregnated military uniforms.
Ms. Bradford completed a master’s degree in industrial hygiene and safety sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in 1988, doing thesis work in indoor air quality. She then served with the 10th Medical Laboratory in Landstuhl, Germany, from 1988–1991, providing industrial hygiene support for U.S. Army Europe. While there, she investigated fatalities from a chemical overexposure leading to safer procedures; technical review of a security system identifying a design flaw which could have caused injuries or death. Kate left active duty in October 1991.
Kate joined the Department of State in 2001 as a civil service industrial hygienist in OBO/OPS/SHEM. She is currently responsible for training and technical information in the Office of Safety, Health, and Environmental Management.