October is Energy Action Month, and this year’s theme, “Power to Win,” reinforces the importance of energy resilience, or uninterrupted access to energy, to Army readiness and supporting critical missions.
The Army is the largest consumer of installation energy in the DoD, spending more than $1 billion per year on facility energy. Our installations rely, with few exceptions, on commercial energy sources to accomplish critical missions. We need resilient installations to ensure our Soldiers are trained and ready to deploy, fight and win our Nation’s conflicts.
The Army Installations Strategy (AIS) is the foundational document that drives the Army’s goal for modernized, resilient, secure, and sustainable installations in support of the Ready Force of 2035. Following the AIS, the Army Installation Energy and Water Strategic Plan establishes resilience, efficiency, and affordability as strategic goals. It sets a vision, goals, strategic objectives, and measurable targets to shape efforts to achieve long-term infrastructure resilience, efficiency, and affordability.
We must remain vigilant in protecting our assets while improving our capabilities. Physical, natural, and cyber threats continue to jeopardize our installations and our energy infrastructure. We need to be prepared for potential threats that could severely impact the Army mission, like the cyberattack on the Colonial Pipeline or the extreme weather during Hurricane Ida.
The time to be resilient is now. We have established microgrid capability at U.S. Army Garrison Hawaii and Fort Drum, New York; and are pursuing microgrid capability for several other installations including Fort Benning, Georgia and Fort Rucker, Alabama. We have additional initiatives across the Army to improve installation energy resilience and enhance Army readiness.
During October, it is everyone’s responsibility to become energy aware and then apply that awareness throughout the year. By taking action and making informed energy decisions, we can ensure the Army has the Power to Win.
Join the conversation on social media using #PowerToWin, #EAM2021, and #MissionCapable.
For Energy Action Month information and downloadable materials, visit: https://www.asaie.army.mil/Public/ES/energyactionmonth.html