Joint base observing energy resilience
Each year the Army observes Energy Action Month in October. This year’s theme is “Energy Resilience.”
Energy Resilience is defined as the ability to anticipate, prepare for and adapt to changing conditions and withstand, respond to and recover rapidly from utility disruptions. This concept begins at the installation level where critical missions are planned and organized. The Army is focused on assured access to energy by implementing polies and energy projects that add reliable, diverse and redundant energy sources to our installation.
The Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall Directorate of Public Works and other directorates are always reviewing projects that support reliable and redundant supply of electricity, water and gas to JBM-HH.
This year, DPW and the joint base have employed the Army Corp of Engineers Baltimore and Huntsville districts to design and renovate numerous major improvements to various buildings on JBM-HH. Part of this effort includes renovating the mechanical HVAC and electrical systems to include equipment that is more efficient and reliable HVAC heating and cooling systems. Major renovation projects include work under the Army Corp of Engineers for Forts Myer Bldg. 201, 416, 404 and McNair Bldgs. 21, 35, 21, 59 and Eisenhower Hall. The renovations that were funded during fiscal year 2020 include Marshall Hall, Bldg. 62 and the National Defense University on Fort McNair for a new heating and HVAC control system. Marshall Hall is a critical educational center for Department of Defense.
During this month, we should all focus on efforts to save energy at the garrison.
Everybody should help to save energy on JBM-HH by turning off office equipment and lights at night and limit the use of portable heaters for personal use. Use mass transit and ride share if possible. In addition, all equipment purchased should meet “Energy Star” ratings for maximum efficiency. Some of the best energy saving tips and ideas for home and office can be found on the Department of Energy website at https://www.energy.gov/eere/femp/home-energy-checklist.
Army installations where our Soldiers live, train and deploy from must have assured access to energy and water for mission readiness and a globally responsive Army. Uninterrupted access to energy and water are essential for Army readiness and ensuring the total Army can deploy, fight and win.
For those who have good energy saving ideas, please send them to the DPW Energy Manger office in Bldg. 313 or email William.firstname.lastname@example.org.