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19 Association of the United States Navy U.S. NAVY Admiral, thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts with us. You've invested considerable effort into standardization at shore instal- lations so that personnel and visitors will better understand what they're going to experience when they trans- fer or visit. What are some of the most helpful changes your command has initiated, especially with regard to energy and the environment? As you would expect, energy and environmental impacts are two areas where we pay close attention. Energy costs are one of the biggest bills we pay, so we are continual- ly looking for ways to cut energy consumption, which can help free up funds to pay for fleet operations and training. For example, the highest electrical loads on Navy VADM Smith received his commission from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1983 and was designated a surface warfare officer in 1985. Initial tours were during Operation Desert Storm and in the establishment of Operation Southern Watch in southern Iraq. He served as an instructor at the Naval Education and Training Center in Newport, RI, and as an aide to the Naval Inspector General in Washington, DC. Overseas, Smith served in Naples, Italy, and in Kosovo, assisting commanders for several operations. VADM Smith has also commanded USS The Sullivans (DDG 68), Naval Base San Diego, Navy Region Hawaii, Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific, Navy Region Southwest, and Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Smith has served as Commander, Navy Installations Command, since October of 2014 and will soon serve as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (OPNAV N4). His change of command is expected early Spring, and his relief is VADM Mary Jackson. An update from VADM Dixon R. Smith Commander, Navy Installations Command Dec. 6, 2016 By Diana B. West

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