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Edition: Wed, August 08, 2007
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SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"It's the least the American people can do to recognize those of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who have been willing to step forward to serve the nation, serve the cause of peace, freedom and democracy around the world." -Retired Army Gen. Colin Powell, presenting Purple Heart Medals to wounded Soldiers at Walter Reed, July 7.

TODAY'S FOCUS

29th Annual Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards

What is it? The Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Awards Program was established in 1979 to recognize installations and individuals from the Army, the Army Corps of Engineers, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard who make significant achievements in energy conservation and water management. Categories for the award include Energy Efficiency/Energy Management, Innovation and New Technology, Renewable Energy, Alternative Financing, Water Conservation, Program Effectiveness, and Individual Achievement.

What has the Army done? The Army today awarded 10 installations and individuals for their dedication, hard work, ingenuity and success in improving the Army's energy future by improving efficiency and reducing greenhouse gases; using new, clean renewable technologies; and promoting energy awareness. These installations and individuals are: Fort Knox, Ky.; Fort Detrick, Md.; Rock Island Arsenal, Ill.; Camp Shelby, Miss. (MSARNG); Fort Stewart, Ga.; U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany; U.S. Army Garrison Hessen (Hanau), Germany; U.S. Army Garrison Benelux, Belgium; Mr. Ernst Kusiak, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden, Germany; and Mr. Scott Naeseth, Fort McCoy, Wis. (USAR).

Why is this important to the Army? Sustainability is a national security imperative; through improving effectiveness of our force and preserving resources, we are setting the example for the rest of the nation. Sustainable practices and technologies lead to an Army with more teeth and less tail. This award greatly enhances installation command emphasis, encourages good stewardship of energy resources and reinforces the importance of meeting the Army's energy reduction goals. Our military capability and combat effectiveness depend on these resources. Inefficiency and waste deplete funds that could be applied to multiplying our combat power and caring for Families. Our over-reliance on fossil fuels and offshore energy sources jeopardizes our security and limits our freedom to act in the global environment. Now, more than ever, we must counter our wasteful behaviors and processes; reduce our expenses in purchasing energy and operating our utility systems by improved higher efficiency equipment and the use of new technologies and renewable energy.

INFORMATION YOU CAN USE

- 2007 Strategic Communication Guide - Be Army Strong, and Army Smart. Read the 2007 Army Strategic Communication Guide.

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