November 4, 2016 New Director Appointed to Lead Veterans History Project

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Karen D. Lloyd has been appointed director of the Veterans History Project (VHP), a program of the American Folklife Center. Lloyd has served as acting director since September 2016. As a veteran herself, as well as the wife, child and sibling of service members, Lloyd is deeply committed to the project’s mission. In her role, she will be responsible for directing the activities to ensure the Library of Congress collects and preserves oral histories and documentary materials from veterans of World War I through the current conflicts.

Lloyd served in the Office of the Librarian of Congress, working directly for the chief of staff, where she was responsible for the coordination of special projects and representing the Librarian’s Office as directed. In that capacity, she reviewed the outreach efforts of the VHP in order to identify organizations to target, as well as identified and networked with military affiliated organizations and associations. Lloyd also developed products to facilitate implementation of a VHP Volunteer Corps. In addition, she provided oversight of three International Federation of Library Associations.

Prior to her assignment with Office of the Librarian of Congress, Lloyd served as the Library’s strategic planning officer, responsible for Library-wide strategic and planning and program performance assessment functions. She was also responsible for the Library’s Risk Management Program.

Lloyd was commissioned as a Medical Service Corps (MSC) Officer in 1976 upon graduating as a Distinguished Military Graduate from Indiana University. She served 14 years as an Army aviator and was the first female MSC officer to receive Aviator Wings. In 1986, Lloyd transferred to the Aviation Branch and commanded the Grafenwoehr Army Airfield and Flight Detachment in Germany. She served 14 years as a comptroller in a variety of positions, including executive officer to the comptroller of the Army; chief financial officer of the U. S. Army Aviation Center in Ft. Rucker, Alabama; Land Forces Division chief in the Army Budget Office; and deputy resource manager in the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers. She retired as a colonel in 2004 after 28 years of service.

Her military decorations include the Legion of Merit with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, Army Commendation with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Achievement Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, Expert Field Medical Badge, Parachutist Badge and Senior Army Aviator Badge.

Congress created the Veterans History Project in 2000 to collect, preserve and make accessible the first-hand remembrances of America’s war veterans from WWI through the current conflicts, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. For more information, visit or call the toll-free message line at (888) 371-5848. Subscribe to the VHP RSS to receive periodic updates of VHP news.

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PR 16-196
ISSN 0731-3527