The Army observes Energy Action Month each year in October. This year's theme is "Energy Resilience Enables Army Readiness," which highlights the importance of collective efforts to achieve energy security and resilience throughout the Army.

As part of Energy Action Month, SGM Edward A. Bell -- the Sergeant Major, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-4 -- recorded a Public Service Announcement that discusses the importance of maximizing energy efficiency to increase readiness (to view video, scroll to end of article).

"Maintaining the Army's tactical and strategic edge depends upon the wise use of resources," says SGM Bell in the video. "Reducing demands is a Total Army challenge -- one that we must meet together. I have asked every warfighter to make energy a prime consideration in every battle decisions."

In a letter to Soldiers, Family members, Army Civilians, and contractors, Army leadership explains that "the Army's ability to accomplish its mission of protecting U.S. national security interests at home and abroad depends on secure, uninterrupted access to energy."

The letter goes on to state, "By taking action and making informed decisions, we possess the power to reduce energy consumption and improve resilience. During October, it is everyone's responsibility to become energy aware, and to apply this knowledge throughout the year."

Note: link to letter: https://www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/images/ArmyEAM19_LeadershipMemo.pdf