Air Force officials implement energy initiatives program

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Two installations are going to serve as test bases for the Air Force's new energy initiatives pilot test program.

Barksdale Air Force Base, La., and McGuire AFB, N.J., were chosen due to their geographic locations and their operational and facility characteristics. Officials will be looking at buildings, offices, hangars and all other facilities on the two bases.

In addition, officials will look at fuel efficiencies and the introduction of alternative fuels in ground vehicle fleets and in aviation operations.  They also will evaluate ways to improve aviation fuel efficiencies by looking at flight planning, reducing excess weight and other initiatives.

Best practices from the two energy pilot bases will be shared across the entire Air Force. 

"We will endeavor to find the very best energy practices and test them in a "working base environment" to ensure that the ideas and programs work and can be replicated at other bases," said William C. Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics.

Specialists at the Air Force Research Laboratory at Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio, have played an integral leadership role in the Air Force's energy program and will continue to do so by leading the Air Force's synthetic fuels certification initiatives and coordination with other bases.
As Air Force leaders move forward to achieving their underlying goal of promoting a culture where all Airmen make energy a consideration in everything they do, the energy pilot base program is a positive step forward with exponential benefits.

"Our energy strategy continues to build on our strong performance in the past while capitalizing on new technology and procedures," said Mr. Anderson. "We are committed to finding alternative sources of domestic fuel both for our aviation and ground vehicles, while leading the way in using our energy resources wisely. "

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