by Jeanine Dunn
AMC Productivity Programs manager
10/5/2012 - SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. -- In
response to a number of presidential mandates and executive orders, the
Air Force implemented the 2012-2016 Strategic Energy Plan in an effort
to integrate energy considerations across the enterprise. Of the
multiple focus areas outlined in the plan, Headquarters Air Mobility
Command's response to Air Force's "reduce demand" goals, addresses
demand-side energy management issues, supports various activities to
build, and sustains capabilities in the vehicles fleet management area
to decrease the amount of petroleum required to conduct mission
Desiring to "right-size" vehicles fleet, the Air Force developed the
Fleet Management Decision Support System (FMDSS) to aid organizations in
validating actual vehicle requirement by location versus using standard
determinants from prior years.
Senior Master Sgt. Roman Jaye, AMC Vehicle Fleet manager, said AMC
applied FMDSS modeling recently at MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.,
and Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., and Joint Base-Charleston,
S.C., to test unique variables associated with joint base operations.
According to Jaye, after applying the results at these test locations,
AMC reduced the fleet by 419 vehicles combined, and are looking to
implement this success at other locations to reap additional benefits
atop the $2.8 million estimated savings associated with this vehicle and
petroleum demand reduction effort to date.
A number of other petroleum demand-reduction initiatives underway in AMC vehicles fleet management include:
-Converting to an alternative fuels (hybrid, biofuel, etc) vehicle fleet through new light-duty vehicles leases/purchases
-Reducing the number of Class III/IV vehicles (Presidential Memorandum on Federal Fleet Performance, 2011)
-Purchasing electric vehicles and installing power grids, producing
sideline benefits of a rechargeable energy solution simultaneously
-Upgrading to Automotive Information Module (AIM 2), augmenting the
fleet manager's ability to analyze vehicle usage characteristics and
identify further opportunities for fuels and maintenance cost savings
and Federal Excise Tax reductions
AMC estimates seeing the full benefit of these and other
petroleum-demand reduction initiatives around 2015. The next question is
how will AMC continue to sustain these reductions, and at the same time
produce new initiatives to meet the President of the United State's
reduction goal of 2 percent per year through 2020? AMC turns to the Air
Force Innovative Development through Employee Awareness (IDEA) Program
to help find that answer.
During the month of October, HQ AMC is sponsoring the "2012 Fuels,
Energy and Environmental (FEE) Idea Campaign." For the third year in a
row, AMC seeks out fresh, new ideas from military and civilians, and
asks them to contribute their own efficiency and conservation ideas into
the Air Force IDEA Program when the Air Force focuses on relative
Interested individuals can prepare for the FEE-IDEA Campaign submission
by gathering background data and supportive material, and then
organizing their resource-saving proposal into three categories: Present
Method, Proposed Method and Expected Benefits. When ready to submit,
visit the IDEA Program Data System (IPDS) online at: https://ipds.randolph.af.mil,
build an IPDS user profile, add idea content, and reflect
"2012FEEIDEACAMPAIGN" in the Tracking/Control Number field. From there,
participants can watch as their FEE-Idea Campaign submission is routed.
For more information, visit your local Manpower and Organization Office.
Anyone interested can also contact Jeanine Dunn at 618-229-3916.