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21 Association of the United States Navy Could you elaborate on the impor- tance of some of the strategic and force protection advantages that occur when we increase energy effi- ciency and rely on more renewable energy sources at our installations? Energy is critical to the Navy's mission to provide global presence to ensure stability, deter potential adversaries, and create options in times of crisis. Improving energy efficiency and increasing the use of alternative energy promotes more secure and resilient installation operations, enabling continuous support to operational and tactical forces in the event of grid outag- es. If power to our installations is vulnerable — so is the mission. Energy efficiency and renewable energy increase resiliency at our bases, better enabling them to continue the mission if the com- mercial grid fails. What's your favorite success story with regard to your command's efforts to reduce energy usage or protect the environment? anks to the popular "Biggest Loser" competition, our spinoff has already been a huge success in helping save money and energy, with the savings going back into the investment for increased effi- ciencies. Our 2016 "Energy Biggest Loser" was NAS Sigonella (see page 36), which was announced in August. We compared the weekly energy use of each of our region's installations in July to their usage in previous years, and they dropped more than 15%. It's exciting to see our bases really taking their energy responsibilities to heart…and a lit- tle friendly competition helps keep them motivated! Any final thoughts you'd like to share? ere are five guiding principles that I'm pleased to say our Navy Installations Command employees have embraced. ey are: • Taking Customer Service to the Next Level • Being Brilliant on the Basics • Making Smart Business Deci- sions • Living a Culture of Continuous Improvement • Representing the Navy to the Surrounding Community Because our primary mission is to support the Fleet, our Sailors and their families, it's important that we never lose sight of who we're work- ing for and how important it is to put our customers first. We have developed a culture with an ideal of service through action, which means we are customer-focused, and determined to be more effi- cient, more effective, more innova- tive, and more responsive than ever before. n Diana B. West can be found on LinkedIn and on Twitter @DianaeWriter. CAPT David Owen, left, commanding officer of Fleet Activities Yokosuka, inspects recently installed solar panels at Sullivan Elementary School. The solar panels are a building integrated photovol- taic system, which is estimated to contribute $297,000 in projected annual energy savings at the installation. MC2 MAT THE W R. COLE

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