The Energy Ethos helps to power the Marine Corps

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The Energy Ethos helps to power the Marine Corps

by: Okinawa Marine Corps Energy Office | .
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published: October 26, 2016

Energy is vital to all aspects of the Marine Corps – from crucial training and logistics on installations, to the warfighter and operating bases in the field. In FY 2015, the Corps spent $226 million on installation energy, not including the cost of energy used in training exercises or in deployed environments. To highlight the importance of energy, the Corps established the Energy Ethos – the shared vision that the efficient use of energy resources is a critical component of mission readiness. In practice, this means reducing energy consumption, strengthening energy security, and reducing environmental impacts, both on base and in the battlefield.

The Corps is investing in energy technology and efficiency projects, including on-base solar fields, microgrids, and facility upgrades. However, these initiatives take time and can only do so much to reduce the amount of energy saved. In order to optimize energy efficiency, all Marines must continue to do their part to save energy by reducing energy waste and only using what they need to complete their task or mission.

“Being energy efficient is a combat multiplier,” said LtGen Mike Dana, Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics.

Simple steps Marines can take to live the Energy Ethos include:

  • Turning off lights when leaving a room
  • Using natural light or small task lights in place of large overhead lights
  • Powering down computer monitors when not in use
  • Unplugging unused appliances, chargers, and electronics

Additionally, Marines should get to know their Unit Energy Manager (UEM). These Marines are the unit-level driving force behind the Energy Ethos, serving as a point of contact for energy issues, monitoring energy use in unit facilities, and educating Marines on energy efficient habits. To date, more than 250 Marines have been assigned and trained as UEMs across the Marine Corps. UEMs should be notified of any instances of energy or water waste within the unit and its facilities, such as malfunctioning equipment or leaks, as well as of any ideas to improve energy efficiency on base.

Marines first and foremost are leaders. They’re lean, lethal, efficient, and display unwavering discipline – these principals not only apply to training, logistics, and combat, but also to energy, fuel, and water resources. Efficient energy habits learned during Energy Action Month can be sustained throughout the year, enabling Marines to reduce costs and increase mission effectiveness, both on base and in the battlefield.

To learn more about the importance of energy efficiency for the Marine Corps, watch this video featuring LtGen Dana.

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