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Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, speaks at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. Dec. 21, 2016, during the ground breaking of a 16.5 megawatt solar energy project. The project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017. (Courtesy photo) Largest military solar energy project in Northeast breaks ground on JB MDL
Miranda A.A. Ballentine, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy, and Brig. Gen. Michael Cunniff, the adjutant general of New Jersey, helped break ground on a 98-acre solar farm at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Dec. 21. The 16.5-megawatt solar energy project will be the largest military solar installation in the Northeast and will include more than 50,000 solar panels when it’s completed in 2017.
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2016
Air Force Research Laboratory biological materials and processing research team members perform sample tests of various aircraft locations at the conclusion of the Joint Biological Agent Decontamination System process. (U.S. Air Force photo) AFRL discovering what’s “bugging” military aircraft
As any aircraft maintainer can attest, corrosion is a major factor affecting the overall health of military aircraft. Anything from changing temperatures to environmental factors can precipitate corrosion. One major contributor, however, is often overlooked -- microbes.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo Fueling the future: AF works to ‘home-grow’ biofuels for DOD, industry
A need to address increases in petroleum costs with an environmentally friendly fuel source has led to a new way of looking at production—and the Defense Production Act Title III Program Office, part of the Air Force Research Laboratory, is playing a critical role in commercializing this technology.
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2016
A 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron WC-130J Hercules, based at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., flies above the record-setting blizzard the morning of Jan. 23, 2016. The crew gathered data on the storm for the National Weather Service. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Nicholas Monteleone) Hurricane Hunters gather forecast data on record-breaking blizzard
The Hurricane Hunters of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron flew a different kind of mission from Keesler Air Force Base Jan. 22 to gather data on the blizzard that hit the Eastern Seaboard.
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2016
Default Air Force Logo AF earns 10 Federal Energy, Water Management Awards
Saving energy and money while also helping the environment earned the Air Force 10 Federal Energy and Water Management Awards -- the most received by any federal agency.
0 7/22
2015
As the nation celebrates the 45th annual Earth Day April 22, the Air Force is re-emphasizing its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and encouraging its military and civilian workforce to promote recycling at home and on the job. Installations worldwide are taking action to meet the Defense Department’s Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan goal of diverting 55 percent of non-hazardous solid waste and 100 percent of electronics waste this fiscal year and beyond. (Courtesy graphic) AF celebrates Earth Day by focusing on mission today, tomorrow
Air Force leaders are reminding Airmen to keep the mission in mind as the Air Force observes the 45th annual Earth Day April 22. The service has encouraged Airmen around the globe to focus on recycling efforts this year, in line with its 2015 theme, “Conserve Today – Secure Tomorrow.”
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2015
Miranda Ballentine greets vendors during the unveiling of the first federal facility to replace its entire general-purpose fleet with plug-in electric vehicles Nov. 14, 2014, at Los Angeles Air Force Base in El Segundo, Calif. The base's electric vehicle fleet, consisting of 42 vehicles, including sedans, pick-up trucks and mini vans, of which 36 will be vehicle-to-grid capable, is the largest operational V2G demonstration in the world.  Ballentine is the assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy. (U.S. Air Force photo/Sarah Corrice) AF tests first all-electric vehicle fleet in California
Air Force officials unveiled the Department of Defense’s first non-tactical vehicle fleet, composed entirely of plug-in electric vehicles, at Los Angeles Air Force Base Nov. 14.
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2014
A Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland Recycling Center employee examines ammunition brass Nov. 11, 2014, as part of the base’s recycling effort in San Antonio, Texas. The installation operates a zero-cost recycling program, with recycling proceeds used to pay worker salaries and the facility’s operating and maintenance costs. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jennifer Schneider) Air Force installations set standard in recycling industry year-round
At bases around the world, recycling center staffs work every day to find cost-effective, environmentally friendly solutions to do the service's par
1 11/12
2014
Julie Hovis monitors the growth of a Longleaf Pine tree Oct. 28, 2014, at the Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, Sumter, S.C. The Longleaf Pine is a native tree to the area that has a bud on the top of the tree hidden in the pine needles. Hovis is a  20th Civil Engineer Squadron endangered species biologist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Diana M. Cossaboom) Poinsett Range: the environmental mission
The Poinsett Electronic Combat Range, previously called Poinsett Bombing Range, opened in 1952 to be used as a real-world training range for military personnel.
0 11/06
2014
This is an example of the mock energy bill. Initial mock bills were sent out Oct. 23, 2014, for the 403rd Wing, 81st Communications Squadron, 85th Engineering Installation Squadron, Keesler Commissary, Keesler Exchange and the 81st Force Support Squadron at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. These mock bills are intended to illustrate the base’s energy consumption in a more meaningful way. (Courtesy graphic) Mock bills show Keesler Airmen energy costs in user-friendly way
Keesler is bolstering its energy conservation campaign by sending statements to managers of metered facilities that detail monthly electrical and natural gas use for their building.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Energy Action Month spotlights Airmen impacting operations
October is Energy Action Month throughout the federal government and in the Air Force, Energy Action Month is the centerpiece of the “I am Air Force Energy” campaign dedicated to educating Airmen on ways they can maximize their energy efficiency and mission effectiveness.
0 10/02
2014
Default Air Force Logo DOD continues aid to combat western wildfires
Two Department of Defense C-130Hercules equipped with U.S. Forest Service Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, Great Basin, and elsewhere in the West at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
0 8/18
2014
Marylou Staman inventories a nest in the Tarague Basin June 25, 2014, on Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Staman and a scientific research team monitor the nests daily and inventory them afterward by counting leftover eggshells to determine how many hatchlings emerged. Staman is a University of Guam Sea Turtle Monitoring, Protection and Educational Outreach on Guam project manager. (Courtesy photo) Save the sea turtles: Airmen team with local university to conserve species
Airmen here have partnered with a scientific research team from the University of Guam, or UOG, to help make the base's beaches cleaner and greener -- with turtles -- by participating in the sea turtle monitoring, protection and educational outreach program on Guam.
0 8/18
2014
Default Air Force Logo Environmental teams answer ‘Call to Future’
As the Air Force takes a 30-year look ahead in the recently released strategy document, “America’s Air Force: A Call to the Future,” environmental teams are already helping ensure installations are prepared for operations in 2045 and beyond using the Environmental Management System.
0 8/10
2014
Default Air Force Logo Airmen continue support to wildfire battle
Two Defense Department C-130 Hercules equipped with U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems and under the command and control of U.S. Northern Command are assisting with wildfire suppression efforts in the Northwest, the Great Basin, and elsewhere in the West at the request of the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho.
0 8/05
2014
Members of the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters began flying through Tropical Storm Bertha July 31, 2014, over the Atlantic Ocean. Hurricane Hunter aircrews and other 403rd Wing members deploy to several locations in the United States and Pacific and Atlantic Oceans to fly storm missions during the hurricane season, which officially starts June 1 and ends November 30 each year. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Ryan Labadens) Hurricane Hunters fly into Tropical Storm Bertha
Aircrew members from the 53rd Weather Reconnaissance Squadron Hurricane Hunters have been flying data-gathering missions into Tropical Storm Bertha out of the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport in St. Croix, part of the U.S. Virgin Islands since July 31.
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2014
Glen Loyche shows Academy professors how dining hall food waste is converted into pulp at Mitchell Hall July 15, 2014, at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo. Loyche is the Mitchell Hall facility manager. (U.S. Air Force photo/Jason Gutierrez) From trash to treasure: Converting Academy waste into renewable energy
During August 2013, the Defense Department Environmental Security Technology Certification Program funded CDM Smith, a national engineering and construction firm, to test how the U.S. Air Force Academy can reduce energy use and cost at its wastewater treatment plant, and convert food waste from its dining hall into energy.
0 7/21
2014
Of the 1,100 water system valves at Scott Air Force Base, Ill., 20 percent were inoperative before utilities privatization took effect. Now the upgraded system uses 50 million fewer gallons of water a year and experiences less than half the outages. The Air Force Civil Engineer Center has privatized 66 systems since 1999 creating a cost avoidance of $361 million. (Courtesy photo) Scott AFB's utilities privatization garners national attention
The culmination of five years of water system improvements at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois, has attracted the attention of the Partnership for Safe Water, an initiative developed by the Environmental Protection Agency and other water organizations to increase water quality.
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2014
This 14-megawatt solar project at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., made news in 2007 as the largest solar photovoltaic array in the United States. Now there are plans to expand solar power production at the base. The Air Force recently signed a lease with NV Energy to add a 19-megawatt solar array. Together, the projects will provide up to 42 percent of the energy needed to power Nellis AFB. (U.S. Air Force photo) Nellis AFB to add second large solar plant
The Air Force is set to outdo itself with another large solar project at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada.
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2014
Default Air Force Logo Earth Day: 'Conserve Today - Secure Tomorrow'
Every April 22, Air Force installations around the world observe Earth Day by taking actions to enhance sustainability and support the Air Force's Earth Day theme of "Conserve Today - Secure Tomorrow."
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