Navy Leadership Approves Energy Training and Education Plan

Surface Warfare Officer's School students navigate their virtual vessel through a number of simulated hazards in the school's full-mission bridge, May 16, 2007. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason McCammack)
Surface Warfare Officer's School students navigate their virtual vessel through a number of simulated hazards in the school's full-mission bridge, May 16, 2007. (U.S. Navy photo/Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jason McCammack)

WASHINGTON -- The Navy's Energy Training & Education Plan was formally approved July 2 by Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations, & Environment) Dennis McGinn, Acting Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Manpower & Reserve Affairs) Anne Davis, and Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom (N4). This signifies a major step toward Secretary Mabus' goal of enhancing energy training for all levels of Navy leadership.

Endorsement of the plan initiates the process of incorporating energy awareness into career training pipelines for officer and enlisted Sailors.

Over the past year, Navy leadership has been increasing the focus on direct Sailor engagement to highlight the importance of energy conservation. Fleet-hosted energy training events were held at four installations in San Diego, Norfolk, Jacksonville, and Yokosuka, Japan during 2014 and 2015, which provided an opportunity to unite all sectors of the Navy community to raise awareness and gather feedback from the fleet.

"It is absolutely essential that we get out here and talk to the fleet and understand what the energy challenges we face are and to look for opportunities to get direct feedback on the policies we set for the Department of the Navy in Washington," said Assistant Secretary Dennis McGinn during the Nov. 6, 2014 event held at Naval Air Station (NAS) Jacksonville.

"There is nothing that happens in our Navy and Marine Corps team that does not rely on energy. We have to continue to improve our energy efficiency, so that we can be ready whenever the president calls on us. This is all about improving our warfighting capability and our operational effectiveness," said McGinn.

Over the coming months, the Naval Education and Training Command will perform a detailed analysis of how energy lessons can be developed and implemented into existing courses. "We want to incorporate energy training in a seamless fashion so that it is embedded within long-standing core topics like planning, operations, and maintenance," said Director of the Navy Energy Coordination Office, Capt. Jeff Maclay. "We don't want to disrupt the training enterprise. What we want to disrupt is the way our Sailors think. We want them to think critically about their fuel consumption, whether it is afloat, in the air, or ashore."

The full Navy Energy Training & Education Plan can be accessed here.

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