Army secretary views postís energy initiatives Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 March 2014
Story and photo by Melissa Buckley
GUIDON staff
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Richard Kidd, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, met with senior leaders and Soldiers Feb. 24 and 25 to discuss Fort Leonard Wood’s energy initiatives.  

“I like Fort Leonard Wood because of all of the unique facilities and the ability to do so many things here,” Kidd said.
Richard Kidd, center, the deputy assistant secretary of the Army for Energy and Sustainability, receives a tour of the Driver Simulations Training from Frank Beasley, left, 58th Transportation Battalion instructor writer, and Mike Bennett, Simulations Branch instructor, at Training Area 236 Feb. 25.

Kidd was briefed on topics related to Fort Leonard Wood’s sustainability progress. These topics included the work that the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center — Construction Engineering Research Laboratory has been doing at the installation with facility energy modeling, food composting and water-use surveys, as well as the Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center’s plan to implement  robotic transportation on the fort as part of Autonomous Robotics for Installation and Base Operations.  

Kidd also learned about the installation’s recent food shed security study to improve the sustainability of the post’s food source.

“Your garrison team and the Directorate of Public Works team have incorporated sustainability into their master plan. The recycling program is also important here. It’s all good,” Kidd said.    

He toured several areas on post including, the Prime Power School, 58th Transportation Battalion Simulations Training Facility and the Lt. Joseph Terry Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Responder Facility.  

Kidd also spent time at the Contingency Basing Integration and Technology Evaluation  Center.

“(The CBITEC) is a model base camp that we have developed to evaluate new technologies and identify new training and doctrine that goes with those technologies for medium and large base camps,” said Vernon Lowrey, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence Capability Development and Integration Directorate deputy director.  

The CBITEC will be used to conduct physical integration, demonstration, assessment and evaluation of contingency basing capabilities and technologies in order to identify potential technologies and capabilities — power, water, waste, construction — for further development in support of Army requirements and future acquisition decisions.

“It’s like a forward operating base, but with emerging technologies that we are evaluating — like solar power and new energy efficient shelters,” Lowrey said.  

While at the CBITEC, Kidd also saw examples of power generation and recycling technology.  

Kidd presented a lecture to senior leaders and captains in the career course.  He highlighted his work with the State Department and the Department of Energy on his way to his current position.

Kidd answered several questions from Soldiers, even asking them to email him any ideas they may have on ways to save energy on post.  

Kidd said he is very familiar with Fort Leonard Wood because he has been visiting the installation for years, which goes back to his first government running the State Department’s Humanitarian Demining program.     

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