by Airman 1st Class Kenna Jackson
35th Fighter Wing Public Affairs
10/10/2012 - MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan -- When
the Air Force executed the Air Force Network migration project
throughout the Department of Defense, the desired effect was to reduce
security problems, high operation costs and maintenance costs.
Just two weeks ago, the 35th Communication Squadron's savings report
proved part of this theory was correct. The AFNET migration saves
So far, the 35 CS saved an annual amount of 172,000 kilowatt-hours of
energy, which is over 200,000 kwh more kwh saved before the migration.
That's approximately $33,000 in energy costs per year that the 35 CS is
saving the base, said Tech. Sgt. Jeff Gall, 35 CS NCO in charge of
"The main cause for that reduction is because we got rid of 49 of our servers during the migration," said Gall.
And what better time to find out your department is helping the base to
save thousands of dollars than in the month of October, which is Air
Force Energy Action Month.
"Although the server migration was not one of our projects, its evident
this project is saving the base thousands of dollars," said Cari
Schroeder, 35th Civil Engineer Squadron resource efficiency manager.
Previously known as Energy Awareness Month, the Energy Action Month
Campaign urges the military and civilian population to do more than
educate themselves and wear t-shirts with this year's theme 'I am Air
Force Energy' on them. This year, the Energy Department wants everyone
to take action.
The Air Force has asked all bases to cut their energy consumption down
60% by 2020. To make this task easier, the base is attempting to get
its' energy consumption down 30% by 2015.
The 35 CS's accomplishments are already a big help to meeting that goal,
said Schroeder, and it's why she is optimistic the base will meet this
"Everybody plays a part in this," said Schroeder. "There are so many
reasons to save energy, including being good stewards to our host nation
and helping the environment to stay healthy. Not to mention, all of the
money we save goes to other things...like new equipment and quality of