As the nation celebrates the 47th annual Earth Day, Saturday, April 22, the Air Force is re-emphasizing its long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship and encouraging its military and civilian workforce to promote recycling at home and on the job. The Air Force continues to take initiatives to reduce energy intensity, reduce water intensity and increase renewable energy.
About 22 percent of installation facilities across the Army are excess, according to J. Randall Robinson, acting assistant secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment.
A next generation F-35 coatings application booth at Hill Air Force Base, the first of a series of three planned units, is nearly complete and set to become operational by October 2017. Part of a multi-year, collaborative project with multiple stakeholders from across the Air Force, Department of Defense, government and industry, these facilities will enable safer, cheaper and energy efficient sustainment for the Force’s preeminent fighter now and in the future.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Airmen from the 19th Civil Engineer Squadron provide expertise in locating, identifying and neutralizing explosive devices here and throughout the state of Arkansas and in some parts of Tennessee and Mississippi.
Bio fuel burns cleaner and also helps reduce dependency on fossil fuels, however, it is a breeding ground for microbes, which are living organisms that feed on the bio fuel and cause damage to equipment. As a result, AFRL, in collaboration with Barksdale and the University of Oklahoma conducted research that is making a global impact on clean energy and fossil fuel dependency.
This in-stream hydrokinetic device, developed by Oceana Energy, is designed to generate energy by leveraging natural water flow in a river. Oceana Energy tested the device in 2014 at Naval Surface Warfare Center, Carderock Division™s David Taylor Model Basin in West Bethesda, Md. During the testing in the model basin, the device was able to generate up to 8.15 kilowatts of power. The device™s rotational rate was calculated by placing a single black fin on the device that could be tracked while viewing video playback.