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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS 36 Navy | Winter 2017 NAS Sigonella Wins CNREURAFSWA Energy Biggest Loser By LT Laurel Fernandes A view of solar panels installed on top of a parking garage at Naval Support Activity Naples Capodichino, Italy. MCSN WESTON JONES C ommander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia announced Naval Air Station Sigonella as the winner of the 2016 "Energy Biggest Loser" competition, Aug. 2. e competition compared the weekly energy use of each of the region's installations during the month of July to their historical usage during the same time period in previous years. e winning installations were chosen based on the greatest percent reduction in electrical consumption. NAS Sigonella had the greatest reduction, hav- ing decreased their overall energy consumption by 15.6 percent. ey will receive the first place prize of $70,000. Navy Support Activity Souda Bay earned second place with a reduction of 13.1 percent, and NSA Bahrain earned third place for decreasing usage by 11.5 percent. Second and third place winners will receive $50,000 and $30,000 respectively. e cash prizes awarded to the installations will go toward base improvements. is marks the third year of the "Energy Biggest Loser" competition held throughout the EURAFSWA Region and the second win for NAS Sigonella. Antonio Piluso, Sigonella's installation energy manager, attribut- ed their success to efforts in raising awareness. "We shared tips on how people could reduce their energy consumption such as making sure lights in offices are off, switching off the computer monitors and speakers during lunch breaks, turning off computers at the end of the work day, and not leaving doors or windows open in a spaces with air conditioning on," said Piluso. In addition to the main competition, individuals were also challenged to create posters and videos to promote awareness, provide education, and encour- age participation. Heather Judkins, of NSA Souda Bay, was selected as the winner of the poster com- petition and Ken Cornia, of Naval Station Rota, won the video competition. ese efforts were designed to inspire installations' communities to be proactive in conserving resources and bringing down energy-related expenses ashore. "Reducing energy consumption is one critical aspect of cutting energy costs ashore," said Dan Lougen, Navy Region EURAFSWA assistant regional engineer's Energy Program manager. "Since everyone

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