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Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment

SENIOR LEADERS ARE SAYING

"We are in strong agreement that in order to reduce the chances of miscommunication, misunderstanding or miscalculation, it is important that our military-to-military ties are solid, consistent and not subject to shifting political winds."

- Defense Secretary Robert Gates, during his visit to China, stressing that the military-to-military relationship must continue in good times and bad.

Gates: US, China must cooperate as world powers

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"It's very important to train at all hours of the day. You never know when or at what time a situation calls you to duty. So it's important to always be prepared. Unfortunately, war doesn't live on a time table."

- Spc. Blake Essex, a Wolfpack Soldier, speaks about the training mission which prepares Soldiers to be in a state of readiness at all times.

Lights outs; night vision only

CALENDAR

2010-2013: 60th Anniversary of the Korean War

2011: 150th Anniversary of the Civil War

January:

Jan. 8: The U.S. Army All American-Bowl

Jan. 17: Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday: Remember! Celebrate! Act! A day On...Not A Day Off

February :

African American History Month

Congressional Budget Hearings


Feb 1-7: National Patient Recognition Week

Feb 23- 25: AUSA Winter Symposium

TODAY'S FOCUS

Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment

What is it?

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment (OASA (IE&E)) has responsibility for policy development, program oversight, outreach, and coordination of a wide variety of Army activities overseeing the Army's installations. The OASA (IE&E) executes these responsibilities through innovative business transformation processes and continuous process improvement in the areas of installations, real estate (including military and civil works), housing, environment, safety and occupational health, energy, privatization and partnerships with industry.

What has the Army done?

Effective Oct. 1, 2010, the assistant secretary of the Army (Installations and Environment) was re-designated as the assistant secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy and Environment (ASA IE&E)). This recognizes an increased focus on energy as well as integrating efforts and synergies with installations and the environment.

What efforts is the Army planning for the future?

With a focus on energy, environment, safety, partnerships and quality of life, OASA IE&E is directing installations toward a net zero strategy. Net zero energy water and waste strategies enable us to prudently manage limited resources. This will continue to adapt installations, processes, policies, procedures and business practices to ensure the Army family has the resources needed to deploy, fight and win, while enjoying safe and healthy environment, quality services and supportive communities.

Why is this important to the Army?

In this tenth year of persistent conflict, we face the challenge of dealing effectively with a myriad of complex, simultaneous efforts in hosting Army units undergoing re-stationing, GTA, ARFORGEN business transformation, GDPR and the final year of BRAC. We must recognize that energy is not only a force multiplier, but also vulnerability. Energy security today is operationally necessary and financially prudent. Army installations, tactical operations and Soldiers' training all require secure and uninterrupted access to energy. We must ensure our Soldiers and their families today - and in the future - have the land, water, and air resources they need to train; quality services and reach back capabilities to deploy; a safe and healthy infrastructure and environment in which to live and effectively work; and the support of the local communities and the American people.

Resource:

The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment website

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