Army Reserve Director of Public Works Lauded for Career Achievements

The United States Army Reserve is proud to announce that Greg Vallery, Director of Public Works at Fort Hunter Liggett, California, has won the 2018 Secretary of the Army Energy and Water Management Award for Individual Exceptional Performance.

Jordan Gillis, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, and Brigadier General Joy L. Curriera, Director of Operations at the Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management, presented the awards during a ceremony at the Energy Exchange in Cleveland, Ohio.

With 16 years of experience in Army energy and water programs, Vallery has served as Director of Public Works at Fort Hunter Liggett since 2014. He is the driving force behind the initiatives that have achieved a 30 percent energy use intensity reduction between fiscal years 2003 and 2015 and a 57 percent water use intensity reduction between fiscal years 2007 and 2015 for the Installation. Vallery has been instrumental in establishing Fort Hunter Liggett as a Net Zero Energy and Waste site with projects such as a multi-phase eight megawatt solar photovoltaic array and microgrid system, as well as a gasifier that will convert solid waste to energy. These efforts are improving the energy and water security at Fort Hunter Liggett, increasing the dependability of utility services, enhancing the resilience of facilities and leveraging renewable resources to meet Department of Defense sustainability goals.

Vallery has also received two awards from the Federal Energy Management Program: the FEDS Spotlight Award in 2017 and the Career Exceptional Service Award in 2018.

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63rd Readiness Division Energy Manager Honored for Service

Rickey Johns, Energy Manager at the United States Army Reserve’s 63rd Readiness Division, received a special commendation from Mr. Robert Maxwell, Army Reserve Chief Financial Officer and Director of Resource Management and Materiel, for his storied career.

Johns has been an asset to the Army for most of his life. After 43 years, he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer 4 from the Arkansas National Guard. He served as the Arkansas National Guard’s Facility Management Branch Chief and the state Energy Manager for 23 years. Johns joined the 63rd Readiness Division’s energy team in the fall of 2012.

Maxwell lauded Johns for his innovative approach to energy and water management. Johns and his team have pursued initiatives such as a Building Energy Monitor Program; a Division-wide energy education and awareness campaign; an Enterprise Building Control System; and a phase change material pilot project. In 2016, the Division received a Secretary of the Army Award for Energy Efficiency and Energy Management, Small Group.

Maxwell said, “[Johns’] dynamic, positive and personable demeanor as the 63rd Readiness Division Energy Manager resulted in countless partnerships, having significant impacts in the areas of energy and water security.”

Johns has been an integral component of the Army Reserve, emerging as a leader in energy security across the federal government. His untiring work ethic and dedication to excellence have measurably contributed to the overall success of the Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate mission, and his example of selfless service to our Nation is worthy of emulation.

Interior Lighting Campaign Honors 88th Readiness Division

The United States Department of Energy has lauded the United States Army Reserve’s 88th Readiness Division with two Interior Lighting Campaign awards.

The Interior Lighting Campaign is a recognition and guidance program that encourages participants to improve lighting systems – specifically troffer, high bay, low bay and suspended linear lighting systems and controls – in their efforts to conserve energy and bolster the energy efficiency of their facilities.

As of February 2018, Interior Lighting Campaign participants have planned or completed improvements to 1.6 million lighting systems estimated to save $28 million in electricity costs and 227 million kilowatt hours of power annually.

The Army Reserve’s four Readiness Divisions and Mission Support Command are among nearly 70 participants in the Interior Lighting Campaign, which also includes cities, universities, retail companies and health care providers.

The 88th Readiness Division was one of 13 participating agencies to receive Interior Lighting Campaign honors during this year’s award cycle.

The Colonel P. Schulstad Army Reserve Center in Arlington Heights, Illinois received an award for Highest Percentage of Annual Energy Savings for Troffer Lighting Retrofits in a Large Project. Energy efficient light emitting diodes, or LEDs, replaced T-8 fluorescent lamps in 1,225 troffers in the facility. The improvements reduced energy use by 231,000 kilowatt hours, or 72 percent, for an estimated annual cost avoidance of $16,200.

The First Lieutenant Robert L. Poxon Army Reserve Center in Southfield, Michigan received an award for Highest Percentage of Annual Energy Savings for Troffer Lighting Retrofits in a Medium Project. There, LEDs replaced fluorescent lamps in 94 troffers. The improvements reduced energy use by 15,000 kilowatt hours, or 63 percent, for an estimated annual cost avoidance of $1,800.

Contractors also installed occupancy sensors throughout both facilities. The 88th Readiness Division estimates that the sensors contribute nearly 25 percent of the energy use reductions in the Army Reserve Centers.

“We predict that [these projects] will have significant impacts on our annual energy use intensity,” said Chris Jackson, Energy Manager at the 88th Readiness Division.

As a Command, the Army Reserve reduced its energy use intensity by 17.7 percent in fiscal year 2017, compared to the fiscal year 2015 baseline.

Improvements to the lighting systems at these and other Army Reserve Centers will offer additional benefits to the 88th Readiness Division as well. LEDs have longer lives than fluorescent lamps, so they will be replaced less frequently. Thus, they will reduce maintenance demands at the facilities, and they will lessen disruptions to the structures and their occupants. They will also generate less waste. Overall, the projects will support the holistic integration of sustainability into the “battle rhythm” of the enterprise.

Energy is vital to every mission in the Army Reserve. With its efforts to improve the efficiency of its Army Reserve Centers, the 88th Readiness Division is contributing to the Command’s energy conservation goals and protecting the critical resources that ensure our readiness.

Story contributed by Anne Wagner (Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and Jonelle Kimbrough (Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate)

 

63RD, 88TH READINESS DIVISIONS UP FOR FEDERAL ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

Story by Birgitte Dodd, Sustainability Strategist
Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate

The Army Reserve Installation Management Directorate supported nominations for the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards from the 63rd and 88th Readiness Divisions.

The 88th Readiness Division submitted a nomination in the category of Environmental Quality, Individual or Team. The nomination described how the 88th Readiness Division’s Environmental Training Team mitigates environmental risk by providing preventative training and unit-level interaction across over 300 Army Reserve facilities in 19 states. The Team focuses to ensure environmental compliance at every facility, promote overall environmental awareness and provide emphasis on critical focus areas of the command.

The 63rd Readiness Division submitted a nomination in the category of Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation. The nomination highlighted the robust environmental program at the 63rd Readiness Division and its dedicated, skilled and experienced professionals, who engage in a spectrum of practices that support sustainable operations.

The Division also submitted an award nomination for Natural Resources Conservation, Individual or Team. The nomination showcased impressive accomplishments from the Natural Resources Team that have contributed to the continued protection of endangered species. Most notably, efforts led to the conservation of rare plants, including the federally listed, endangered Monterey Spineflower and the state listed, rare Sandmat Manzanita and Wedgeleaf Horkelia.

Winners of the Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards will compete at the Secretary of Defense level in early 2018.