Air Force energy group wins presidential award

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Every year, the president recognizes outstanding teams of federal employees for their support, leadership and efforts in promoting and improving federal energy management. 

This year, the Air Force Senior Focus Group on Energy, a top-level leadership organization focused on energy programs for the Air Force, received the Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management during a special ceremony Nov. 2 at the White House.

"The work of the (senior focus group) is impressive." said William C. Anderson, assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics. "The results are indicative of the level of effort all Airmen put towards our national security, our Air Force priorities and the imperative of pursuing the president's goals for reducing our nation's dependence on foreign sources of energy."

The federal energy management awards recognize outstanding achievements in the categories of conservation and efficient water and energy use; new and emerging energy technologies; innovative strategies, best practices and applications; renewable energy sources; alternative financing; and energy-efficient mobility by the federal government.

In 2006, the Air Force remained the largest green power purchaser in the federal government and the fifth largest in the U.S. Additionally, 74 Air Force bases are dispensing alternative vehicle fuels, and water consumption was down by 5.6 percent compared to 2005. The group also issued seven policies to reduce energy consumption, and tested a 50/50 blend of conventional jet fuel and synthetic fuel from natural gas in a B-52 Stratofortress bomber.

Members of the senior focus group include:
- Ronald M. Sega
- William C. Anderson
- Michael A. Aimone
- William H. Budden
- B.J. White-Olsen
- Col. Anne Dunlap
- Brian J. Lally
- Paul Bollinger
- Lt. Col. Brian Weidmann
- Lt. Col. Mark Bednar
- Lt. Col. James McClellan
- Lt. Col. Anne Gorney
- Pat G. Mumme
- Gerald E. Doddington
- Maj. Morshe D. Araujo