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  • New military working dog facility built to highest 'green' standard

    The 56th Security Forces Squadron military working dog section here officially opened the first "green" kennel in the Defense Department May 20. The $1.6 million project included artificial turf, green construction techniques, a rain water collector and solar panels. "The artificial turf won't need

  • Commissary Agency officials honor best stores for recycling

    Helping the environment has become a habit for a number of stores in the Defense Commissary Agency. Agency officials formally acknowledged these commissaries for their excellence in recycling May 25 as part of DeCA's Solid Waste Management Awards.The awards were developed to recognize store

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," the Air Force Thunderbirds make history with the first Department of Defense aerial demonstration where participating aircraft are fueled by biofuel.  Plus, you'll get an update on conditions at Misawa Air Base, Japan, since the earthquake and tsunami hit that

  • Conaton speaks on AF biomass fuel use at open house

    Undersecretary of the Air Force Erin Conaton spoke to media about the milestone of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds flight demonstration team's first use of a biomass fuel blend in two of their jets here during the 2011 Joint Service Open House May 20.The Air Force has a vested interest in the use of

  • Thunderbirds to perform first demo with alternative fuel

    The Thunderbirds will use alternative fuel, unprecedented for any Department of Defense aerial team, at the Joint Services Open House here May 20 and 21, officials said May 18. The team will fly with Camelina-based hydrotreated renewable jet fuel as part of the nation's overall strategy to reduce

  • Air Force Week in Photos

    This week's photo highlights feature Airmen around the globe involved in activities supporting expeditionary operations and defending America. This weekly feature showcases the men and women of the Air Force.View the slideshow.

  • Troops explore emerging energy solutions

    As officials work to shrink the military's operational energy footprint, experts in solar power, microgrids and "smart" generators recently took that technology to a crucial jury: the troops.Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors and Marines who deal hands-on with battlefield power converged here April 12

  • AFSOC waste-to-energy system converts garbage to usable energy

    Air Force Special Operations Command became 4,200 tons closer to securing effective alternative energy solutions and even greater environmental stewardship here April 26.Following a ceremony, the transportable plasma waste-to-energy system began converting 4,200 tons of garbage per year to usable

  • 'Today's Air Force' features a look around the service

    In this edition of "Today's Air Force," you'll see how Airmen are strengthening bonds with the people of Japan as Operation Tomodachi continues. Plus, you'll get a look at how a group of female Airmen learned to defend themselves from an attacker.  And, you'll see how one Airman takes time to help a

  • Photo essay: Earth Day kayak tour

    Kayakers drift down Turkey Creek here, April 21, during the base's second annual Earth Day kayak tour and celebration. The scenic tour showed off the wild and plant life here and helped close out a weeklong Earth Day celebration. View the slideshow.

  • Fitness center at Tyndall receives LEED Platinum award

    The fitness center here was awarded the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Platinum level, the highest rating possible as of Aug. 20, 2010, under the group's green building rating system. The fitness center opened Aug. 20, 2010, and is the first building in

  • Energy conservation sticks at Scott AFB

    When the members of the Scott Energy Conversation wanted to make the ideas of energy conservation and awareness "stick" they decided to get literal. The group created small, 1.5-inch diameter circular stickers to place on energy-consuming items such a computer monitors, light switches and coffee

  • Air Guard, Reserve continue to fight Texas wildfires

    As of April 25, the 302nd Air Expeditionary Group continues to battle the wildfires that are raging throughout areas of southern Texas. The 302nd AEG, comprising Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units, has assisted with fire fighting efforts throughout the week. The group currently has six

  • Post-disaster energy conservation continues with program at Yokota

    Energy conservation measures here recently increased with the start of the No Heat, No Cool program that began April 18. Members of the 374th Civil Engineer Squadron began shutting off the heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems in facilities and residential housing buildings as part of a

  • 2011 Earth Day commemoration and tree planting

    From left, Timothy Bridges, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environmental Safety and Occupational Health; Col. Ken Rizer, the 11th Wing/Joint Base Andrews commander; Erin Conaton, the Under Secretary of the Air Force; Rep. Donna F. Edwards, of the Maryland 4th Congressional

  • DOD officials recognize Air Force for environmental accomplishments

    Each year, Department of Defense officials recognize military personnel, teams and installations for excellent stewardship of natural and cultural resources entrusted to their care. Conservation efforts across the Air Force over the past year were rewarded April 15, when the Air Force was announced

  • Eielson recycling project kicks off

    People here soon will have the opportunity to reduce waste by recycling paper, plastic, tin, aluminum and glass products on base when a new recycling program kicks off in the weeks following Earth Day April 22.Officials in the 354th Civil Engineer Squadron Environmental Flight have been working

  • Symposium sets standards for efficient, total force training

    Air Force officials recently concluded the annual Environment, Safety and Occupational Health Training Symposium in Nashville, Tenn., where more than 1,200 active duty, Guard and Reserve Airmen met for intensive training. By gathering in a single venue, and maintaining a busy class schedule

  • Air Force jets perform first flyover using alternative fuel

    Three F-15E Strike Eagle fighter aircraft performed the Air Force's first flyover using "green" biofuel over Citizen's Bank Park for the Philadelphia Phillies Opening Day activities April 1. The jets, from Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., flew using a 50 percent blend of traditional jet fuel

  • Eglin efforts help reclassify endangered local fish

    A small fish, whose habitat is almost exclusively on the ranges here, became the first-ever fish on Defense Department land to be reclassified on the endangered species list.The Okaloosa darter remains on the endangered species list, but due to major erosion control efforts by 96th Civil Engineer