By Jordan Gillis and Lt. Gen. Gwen Bingham
October is Energy Action Month. This year the Army’s theme is “Energy Resilience Enables Army Readiness.” Energy is vital for the Army to perform its mission and support global operations.
The Army’s first priority is readiness — ensuring that our Soldiers have the tools and training they need to be lethal and ready to fight, survive and win. Readiness involves a Total Army force effort, to include the work accomplished through Army energy programs and professionals.
Energy resilience is essential for a responsive Army Force posture and it begins at our installations and community-based Army National Guard and Army Reserve Centers. These locations are the foundation of the Army. Through diligent energy management, our installations organize, train, equip, mobilize, deploy and sustain operations.
Maintaining our strategic and tactical edge will require the wise use of resources. The Army depends on energy to power its mission command centers, and to protect its systems, information and processes required to train Soldiers, move vehicles and aircraft, and sustain military operations.
In Fiscal Year 2017, the energy bill for Army installations was $1.1 billion. By taking action and making energy-informed decisions, we possess the power to be energy resilience champions. Renew your commitment to energy security. We ask for your commitment to be resilient and enable Army readiness.
During the month of October, it is everyone’s responsibility to become energy informed and aware, and to apply this knowledge throughout the year. We urge the entire Army Family to remain mindful of energy use, reduce consumption, innovate, and promote energy awareness/action.
(Editor’s note: Gillis is the acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment. Bingham is the assistant chief of staff for Installation Management.)