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Monday, September 15, 2014

New App Showcases Sailors, Projects That Can Disrupt the Future of Energy



From Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Today the Navy released a new digital publication (app) called "Energy Warrior" that highlights the efforts of Sailors and other naval personnel who are taking innovative steps to conserve energy, lead behavioral change, and get the maximum warfighting punch out of every gallon. The current app can be downloaded and installed for free on Mac and Android tablets.

Related videos are posted on an Energy Warrior playlist on the U.S. Navy YouTube channel. Short summary videos are being provided to Armed Forces Radio and Television Service (AFRTS) channels and can be viewed aboard ships via Direct-to-Sailor (DTS) beginning this month.

Videos in this version of the app include profiles of Fire Controlman Chief Petty Officer Christopher Roberts, who started a competition aboard USS Benfold (DDG 65) that is optimizing shipboard energy use; retired Marine Corps infantry officer Eric McElvenny, who helps retired military personnel transition to energy-related careers through the Troops to Engineers/Energy Systems Technology Evaluation (ESTEP) Program; and Matt Schreck, energy program manager for Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, who is seeking ways to reduce energy waste to better support the warfighter on the front lines.

The app also provides facts about worldwide energy use, U.S. oil production, and Navy's ongoing energy projects that are supportive of the Secretary of the Navy and Chief of Naval Operations energy goals.

"Energy isn't something most of us walk around thinking about every day-we just power up our equipment and get to work," said Rear Adm. Kevin Slates, director of the Chief of Naval Operations Energy and Environmental Readiness Division. "This app and related videos can help our Sailors and civilians understand how truly critical energy is, both to our daily jobs and to enable combat capability through greater distance, increased time on station, and the ability to carry more and new payloads."

Plans are underway for additional video profile interviews for a future version of the app. Commands with innovative energy projects, people, and ideas are encouraged to contact the Navy's energy team at energywarrior@navy.mil.

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