OSAN AIR BASE, Republic of Korea --
To commemorate October’s Energy Action month, the 51st Civil Engineer Squadron’s energy management team is challenging Team Osan to utilize best practices in efficient energy usage to enhance mission capability and readiness.
During Energy Action Month, the Air Force will emphasize the need for smart energy solutions and inform Airmen, Air Force senior leaders, policy makers and aligned organizations about what they can do to effectively distribute, generate, and manage resilient and reliable energy across the enterprise.
This year’s Air Force theme, “Energy Able – Mission Capable,” tasks installations to foster cultures that prioritize energy optimization and water management.
“By prioritizing energy management and resilience, we are building a strong foundation for the future warfighter and ensuring Airmen have energy when and where they need it,” said John Henderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and energy.
For Osan’s 1st Lt. Colin Quitta, 51st CES emergency manager, awareness of proper energy conservation is vital.
“Energy action month highlights the importance of energy efficiency, resiliency, and security and helps us consciously focus on energy issues by bringing the problems and possible solutions to the forefront of people’s minds,” Quitta said.
According to Quitta, energy conservation practices have major implications.
“Using excessive energy detracts from [Osan’s] energy security which impacts our ability to quickly restore power and re-establish critical missions,” Quitta said. “With energy, every unit used has an associated cost that must be paid to produce, deliver and utilize it. The excess energy beyond what we truly need that is used and lost ultimately hurts us monetarily. Beyond just the costs associated with this, the more energy we consume the higher the baseline energy need for the installation is, which drives a higher demand for contingency response situations.”
While the 51st CES is fully dedicated to large-scale projects such as reducing the installation’s energy usage by 2.5 percent annually until 2025 as a part of the Executive Order 13963 federal initiative, they encourage everyone to lend a helping hand.
“Instead of just saying “turn the lights off,” as an energy-saving method, everyone on Osan can have a more involved role in understanding the control systems of their facilities,” Quitta said. “Not to say individuals should be programming HVAC systems, but understanding when something isn’t working correctly and reporting it makes a difference.”
A game-changer for helping Osan meet its annual goal is the base-wide natural gas conversion process. When operational, the Energy Management and Control System’s dashboard will be able to remotely reduce the excessive over-heating and over-cooling of facilities, continuing the squadron’s efforts to reduce energy consumption base-wide.
With an embraced culture of energy awareness, the 51st CES strives to have far reaching impacts for Team Osan, and vastly increase the base energy resilience and security.
For additional information, individuals can visit www.safie.hq.af.mil/EnergyActionMonth for resources and follow the hashtag #EnergyAbleMissionCapable at www.facebook.com/AirForceEnergy and www.twitter.com/AFEnergy.