This is really a great privilege for me, as one of my first acts as Secretary of Defense, to be able to honor a great American hero … I often say that the greatest test of life is whether you make a difference. Someone who saves the lives of others makes a difference, and that's what you did ... Most Americans can't imagine the kind of life & death decisions Sergeant Petry had to face that day in Paktika [province]. These are the burdens that confront the men and women in uniform serving in harm's way every day.
- Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta, honoring Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. 1st Class Leroy A. Petry, during the Hall of Heroes induction ceremony at the Pentagon, July 13, 2011.
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- Staff Sgt. Dale Sweetnam, the noncommissioned officer in charge of the Online and Social Media Division (OSMD) in the Office of the Chief of Public Affairs, emphasizing vigilance in protecting your information on social media platforms.
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Army Power and Energy
What is it?
Army Power and Energy focuses on three lines of effort: Soldier Power, Basing Power (installation and contingency bases), and Vehicle Power (tactical, non-tactical, air and ground). Operational Energy, a key enabler across all three lines of effort, is the energy required for the Army to train, move, and sustain military forces and weapons platforms for military operations. Net Zero, the cornerstone of Army Power and Energy, is a holistic approach to addressing energy, water, and waste.
What is the Army doing?
The Army has five goals, reducing consumption, increasing efficiency, increasing use of renewable and alternative energy, assuring access to sufficient energy supplies and improving our environmental impact.
- Soldiers on the battlefield are testing advanced suites of portable Soldier power capabilities such as rechargeable batteries, networking devices, solar and fuel cell chargers, all of which can reduce the volume and weight of their load.
- The Army is developing energy-efficient engines and enhanced helicopter rotors to reduce tactical vehicle energy use, increase versatility and sustainability.
- The Army is deploying new technologies and systems to better track and manage fuel consumption.
- At home, the Army has identified six Net Zero pilot installations each for energy, water, and waste and two integrated installations striving towards Net Zero by 2020. The Oregon Army National Guard is piloting a unique Net Zero Energy initiative, which includes all their installations across the State.
- The Army is replacing 4,000 non-tactical GSA-leased vehicles with low-speed electric vehicles and leasing more than 3,000 hybrid vehicles.
- The Army is seeking industry partnerships to increase compatible renewable energy development.
What efforts is the Army planning for the future?
We are changing Army culture to make every Soldier a power manager and teach leaders to be sensitive to energy impacts and integrate energy and sustainability considerations into planning, execution and management.
We will drive efficiencies across the enterprise build resilience through renewable energy continue working to reduce energy and materiel demand/consumption, increase the diversity of energy supply, and increase energy self-sufficiency at home and in contingency operations.
Why is this important to the Army?
The Army recognizes energy as a force multiplier, and vulnerability. Without energy, the Army stands still and silent. Army Power and Energy focus will enhance warfighting capabilities, operational endurance, lighten Soldier loads, lessen the strain on supply and logistics systems, improve Soldier and family quality of life and make us better stewards of the environment.
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