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1 | April 2018 E NE R Y express A product of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center April 2018 By J. Brian Garmon AFIMSC Public Affairs TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. Earlier this month, the Air Force took another step toward its goal of increasing facility use of clean energy by 25 percent by scal 2025 at a solar array dedication event at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California. Representatives from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Vandenberg, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, and SunPower marked the commencement of opera tions for this 28-megawatt solar photovol taic array at the event. The array consists of nearly 65,000 solar panels and covers 129 acres of land formerly used for on-base housing. It represents the largest such project in the Air Force, where all gener ated power is consumed by the base. The power generated by the system will meet In this issue: e-Profile: Kevin Rasmussen A letter from Mark Correll, SAF/IEE Mission thread workshops continued on pg. 2 Vandenberg fl ips the switch on new solar array system Representatives from the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, the oce of the Secretary of the Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, and SunPower tour a 28 Megawatt photovoltaic solar array during a dedication at Vandenberg, April 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by J. Brian Garmon) Leading the Way in Delivering Air Force Installation Energy Assurance E NE R Y express


2 | April 2018 E NE R Y express approximately 35 percent of the bases annual energy needs and will oset car bon dioxide emissions equivalent to that of 8,600 cars annually. The Air Force is committed to incor porating modern, clean energy technol ogy, like solar, to provide diverse energy sources for our warghter, said Dan Soto, AFCEC rates and renewables division chief. With support on this project from solar technology innovator SunPower, were improving energy resiliency, opti mizing demand, and assuring supply at Vandenberg over the long term. Mark Correll, deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force for environment, safety, and infrastructure, spoke at the dedica tion on what this project and projects like it represent for the Air Force. From an Air Force perspective on en ergy, we are looking at three things, said Correll. First and foremost is resiliency. If we were to be separated from the power grid in some way, shape or form; how would we be able to recover from that to continue our mission? Power systems like this provide that kind of resilience. The second thing we care about is cost. We have changed our focus a little bit. Its not all about saving money, its all about resiliency, but at the same time we cant just pay whatever it takes to make that happen. Then the third thing from an Air Force perspective is that we are interested in clean power with a focus on renewable energy. This project was made possible through a power purchase agreement between the Air Force and SunPower. These agree ments allow federal agencies, to host a solar power system without any upfront costs to the taxpayer or the burden of managing such a system over time. The base will purchase electricity under a 25year term from SunPower at a competi tive, xed rate, and the Force retains all associated environmental credits. Access to reliable, resilient electricity to meet operational needs is a priority for the U.S. Air Force, and this solar project enables us to increase our own energy se curity at Vandenberg with competitively priced solar energy from SunPower, said Ken Domako, chief of portfolio optimiza tion at Vandenberg. Vandenberg continued from pg. 1 Speakers from the oce of the Secretary of the Air Force, Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, Defense Logistics Agency Energy, and SunPower prepare to ip a ceremonial switch at the dedication for the 28 Megawatt photovoltaic solar array located at Vandenberg, April 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by J. Brian Garmon)


3 | April 2018 E NE R Y express E e Prole Kevin Rasmussen Resource efficiency manager, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia Kevin Rasmussen is the resource eciency manager for Langley at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from Iowa State and a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Composite Materials from Washington State. Before joining the team at JBLE, Rasmussen held several diverse roles with the Air Force around the country, including assistant professor of civil engineering at the U.S. Air Force Academy and as a contracted energy engineer supporting the Oce of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, where he supported development of the new Air Force Energy Flight Plan. Something many may not know is that he also had a lengthy ying career in the Air Force prior to working in CE, serving as a weapon system ocer in the F-111F Aardvark. While an exchange ocer with the British RAF Aerosystems Center, he also ew in several British ghters, E-3C AWACs, and even the legacy British Nimrod submarine hunter. What motivates you about working with Air Force Energy? Air Force energy security IS national security. Years of overseas deployments where the grid isnt always reliable combined with an awareness of present day threats, both natural and man-made, to the U.S. commercial electric grid, have me fascinated and excited to be involved with the transformation and modernization of our power supply. What is the most interesting part of your role? Working with all the talented people across the Air Force, the Department of Defense, the Department of Energy, and our industry partners to transform and modernize our electrical infrastructure. Also, having the pleasure of working with current and former NCOs devoted to operating and maintaining our aging infrastructure. Seeing how much they are able to accomplish is a truly eye-opening experience. Tell us about the relationship youve built with AFCECs Energy Directorate. They do a superb job of providing our base team the information and subject matter expert support needed to help develop our base energy programs. The interactions, ranging from the energy manager course taught at AFIT, attending Energy Exchange, and assistance in project development have been outstanding. What is your favorite energy-saving tip for Airmen? Its as simple as turning off the lights and keeping the temperature set at a seasonally appropriate level.


4 | April 2018 E NE R Y express To the Air Force Energy Community, Improving our resiliency in the face of a potential loss of our energy and water supplies continues to be a focal point across the Air Force. As we shift our thinking away from single point solutions with xed time horizons to more dynamic solutions for variable time lines, we are committed to incorporating holistic resiliency measures into our planning eorts to help reduce an installations vulnerability. In support of our eort to improve resiliency, SAF/IEE is currently organizing Mission Thread Workshops at various installations across the enterprise to decompose select missions and their components. This eort is one part of a paradigm shift in how we fund energy and water projects, from one that weighs cost savings heavily to one that takes in to account energy and water resilience attributes when valuing and ranking potential projects accross the enterprise for development. The Air Force has identied resilience attributes of robustness, redundancy, resourcefulness, responsiveness, and recoverability. My charge to you is to keep these attributes in mind when utilizing the innovative approaches we have for improving our energy resiliency; being able to recognize where these attributes are present or lacking in any given mission can help drive a more eective prioritized resourcing strategy. This includes leveraging technical resources, such as Air Force Research Lab and Department of Energy Labs to plan, model, and validate resiliency projects, when possible, and infrastructure investment tools, such as Power Purchase Agreements, Energy Resilience & Conservation Investment Programs, Environmental Security Technology Certication Programs. From there, an action plan can be built for investment in solutions that are cost-eective and more resilient using the best investment source, whether that be direct Air Force funding or third-party nancing options. As we work through this process, I will continue to provide communication and guidance on how these attributes will help us meet our goal of improving resiliency and enabling the longterm energy vision of enhancing mission assurance through energy assurance. April also means we are less than 5 months away from Energy Exchange 2018. Preliminary agenda, tracks, and other details, including hotel information can be found at Start working with your leadership now so that you can attend this important education and training event and earn any required Continuing Education Credits. Stay up to date on all things Air Force Energy with the Energy Program online, on Facebook @AirForceEnergy and on Twitter @AFEnergy. Thank you for all the work you do and have a productive April! Mark Correll A letter from Mark Correll, SAF/IEE


5 | April 2018 E NE R Y express Melissa Tiedeman SAF/IEE Public Affairs Recognizing the vital role energy plays in enabling Airmen to y, ght and win, the Air Force is pursuing multiple path ways to achieve its vision of enhancing mission assurance through energy assur ance. In support of this vision, the Oce of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Environment, Safety, and Infrastructure is engaging mission owners and supporting entities by hosting Mission Thread Workshops. These workshops help gain a better understanding of selected missions, their components, enabling sub components, and the vulnerabilities to en ergy disruption. The two most recent MTWs were held at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada, and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. The Creech MTW scenario focused on remotely piloted air craft, while the Tinker MTW examined the components of the KC-135 Stratotanker programmed depot maintenance mission and its critical dependencies. During the workshops, participants from the installa tions came together to discuss the specic steps necessary to carry out their missions and the assets and resources necessary, in cluding energy, from both onand o-base organizations across nation-wide geo graphic locations. By deconstructing se lected capabilities into their components to better understand the system functions, architecture and vulnerabilities, the Air Force will gain a better understanding of Air Force missions and the role energy as surance plays in mission assurance. By conducting these workshops with the mission owners, the Air Force can identify key interdependencies so we can better prioritize actions, evaluate business cases for resiliency measures, and improve our ability to advocate for resources for the Air Force holds mission thread workshops Sheet metal mechanics with the 76th Aircraft Maintenance Group working on the KC-135 PDM line perform a double belly skin removal. The most recent MTW scenario focused on the OK-ALC PDM mission. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kelly White) continued on pg. 6


6 | April 2018 E NE R Y express most critical nodes, said Mr. Mark Correll, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Installation, Safety and Environment. The workshop was an insightful exer cise in tracing the mission capabilities and capacities for the KC-135 PDM here at the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center and highlighting the critical supply chain con siderations, said Douglas Tucker, Director of Installation Energy Policy and Programs. I look forward to more engagement with key stakeholders to further mission assur ance for Air Force depot capabilities. The technical, research, data collection, analysis, and systems engineering resourc es from this and other Air Force eorts will help inform risk-based mission assurance decision-making that incorporates energy Mission thread workshops continued from pg. 5 resilience. This approach will drive mission assurance through energy assurance as a foundational approach for the Air Force. For more information on how the Air Force is improving resiliency, visit the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energys website at: Energy/ and follow @AirForceEnergy on Facebook and @AFEnergy on Twitter. Online If you would like to nominate someone to an upcoming issue, please contact us at Please send your comments, story ideas and photos to Reach-Back Center (888) 232-3721 DSN 523-6995 AFCEC Director Mr. Edwin Oshiba AFCEC Deputy Director Col. Timothy Dodge Director of Energy Mr. Robert Gill Public Aairs Mr. Mark Kinkade Editor Mr. J. Brian Garmon Layout & Design Mr. Jim Martinez Energy Express is a publication of the Air Force Civil Engineer Center, Detachment 1, Tyndall AFB, Florida