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EarthWASHINGTON Defense Department officials plan to reduce the military's water and fossil fuels consumption by more than 20 percent in the next decade under an Obama administration plan to make government agencies better stewards of the environment.
The department's priorities for this year and next are to invest in fixed installations, enhance buildings and ensure sustainability concepts in doctrine and policy, Ashton B. Carter, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, wrote in the department's portion of the Strategic Sustainability Performance Plan. White House officials released the plan Sept. 9. It includes a roadmap submitted from each department outlining how they will reduce their impact on the environment while meeting mission goals. The plan is the result of an executive order by President Barack Obama.The department's goals are in line with the 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, which highlighted for the first time the importance of having a strategic approach to climate change and energy. "Our military's heavy reliance on fossil fuels creates significant risks and costs at a tactical, as well as a strategic level," Carter wrote in the plan. "We measure these costs in lost dollars, in reduced mission effectiveness, and in U.S. soldiers' lives. Freeing warfighters from the tether of fuel will significantly improve our mission effectiveness, as will reducing our installations' dependence on costly fossil fuels and a potentially fragile power grid." The Defense Department's eight overarching goals include: -- Reducing the use of fossil fuels in facilities and vehicles while using renewable sources of energy; -- Improving water management; -- Further reducing greenhouse gas emissions to a 34 percent reduction since fiscal 2008; -- Curbing greenhouse gases further through contracted landfill disposal, increased teleworking and less air travel; -- Reducing and better managing solid waste, such as by using less paper; -- Minimizing chemicals released into the environment through better electronics disposal and pesticide applications; -- Promoting sustainability as the norm in procurements and buildings; and -- Building sustainability into management systems, and with coordination with local and regional planning boards. The goals apply to all of the department's mission and program areas, with the objective of incorporating sustainability principles into daily operations, officials said. Making such changes will improve mission effectiveness while enhancing the environment, said Shannon Cunniff, the department's director of chemical and material risk management. She added that implementation will be challenging. "Implementing the plan won't be easy, but it will be rewarding," she said. "We'll lower our vulnerabilities associated with reliance on fossil fuels and a fragile power grid, and preserve other assets critical to our readiness and training and, over the long run, we'll save money by doing so. It's a win-win-win [situation]." The department has been recognized in recent years as a leader in environmental sustainability, and Cunniff said she expects that to continue under the new plan. The department, "has the innovative spirit and creativity, as well as the mission benefits, to drive successful implementation of the plan," she said. "I'll bet that [the Defense Department] can and will lead the nation in making smart investments that protect assets for current and future generations to enjoy and use," she added. The federal government occupies nearly 500,000 buildings, operates more than 600,000 vehicles, employs more than 1.8 million civilians, and purchases more than $500 billion per year in goods and services. As the single-largest energy consumer in the U.S. economy, the federal government spent more than $24.5 billion on electricity and fuel in 2008 alone, according to a White House news release. Executive Order 13514, issued Oct. 5, 2009, requires agencies to set a 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction target, increase energy efficiency, reduce fleet petroleum consumption, conserve water, reduce waste, support sustainable communities, and leverage federal purchasing power to promote environmentally responsible products and technologies. To promote accountability, annual progress will be measured by the Office of Management and Budget and be reported online to the public. Sept. 13, 2010: By Lisa Daniel- American Forces Press Service Article Redistributed by Support Our Troops Redistributed by
[caption id="attachment_3467" align="alignleft" width="300"]GrandmotherGraduatesFrom09102010 Army Spc. Jennifer E. Moore, a 42-year-old grandmother serving her second stint in the Army, graduated from the Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Sept. 10, 2010. U.S. Army photo[/caption] SAN ANTONIO The Navy's Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., is one of the toughest schools in the military, with a dropout rate that often exceeds 50 percent. But an Army specialist and 42-year-old grandmother from North Carolina has proven that when it comes to meeting tough challenges, age sometimes is just a state of mind.
Spc. Jennifer E. Moore graduated today from the Explosive Ordnance Disposal School, where she has spent close to a year learning the delicate techniques of how to recover, evaluate, safely render harmless and dispose of live ordnance.For Moore, paying attention to the details of such things as ordnance identification, disarmament, transportation and disposal, as well as rigging principles, reconnaissance procedures and nuclear, biological and chemical training can literally help save lives on the battlefield. Moore entered the Army after graduating from high school in Charlotte, N.C., in 1986 and finished her first stint in 1990. She admitted that the year-long training has been tough. "Training, for me, has been mentally and physically exhausting," she said. "There is so much you need to learn to make it through this school, and so little time to learn it. "The extreme heat and high humidity here in Florida added to the challenge when we had to perform EOD procedures wearing our protective clothing that included the bomb suit and chemical suit," she continued. "However, the school has been one of the most awesome experiences of my life." The Navy EOD school trains close to 2,000 students each year from all branches of service, and while each person volunteers for a different reason, Moore said, she had reservations at first. "I enlisted in the Army after a 19-year separation," she said, "and due to my high test scores, I figured I would have a long list of jobs available to me." However, Moore said, at the time she enlisted, the EOD specialty was the only one on the table. "I had wanted to come back into the Army for years, and EOD school was the only one available to me at the time, so, I took it," she said. "I decided to continue with the training and see if I liked it. I stayed in EOD because I love it." Moore and many of her fellow students believe that the extensive training they endure will play an important part in their future, especially during upcoming deployments. "I'm hoping that the training I had here, along with my continued training in the field, will help me part of a team that has an impact in saving lives," she said. While youth has its advantages in the military, Moore acknowledged, much of her success lies in having the right attitude. "I have learned that age and gender won't stop you from finishing a tough school like this one," she said. "But a lack of will can. The most challenging part of this training, for me, was stepping out of the civilian world and into the ordnance world with absolutely no background. I have to say, that my favorite part of the course was dealing with nukes and weapons of mass destruction." Moore said that while her family was supportive, early on they had definite reservations. "My family initially thought I was crazy to come to EOD school," she said. "They seem to have accepted it over time and look forward to having me back now that I've graduated. Of course, my friends still think I'm nuts." Her first assignment is scheduled to be Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Sept. 10, 2010: By Rich Lamance- Defense Media Activity-San Antonio Article Redistributed by Support Our Troops Redistributed by
[caption id="attachment_3461" align="alignleft" width="281"]2LivingSoldierTo09102010 Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, Photo Courtesy of U.S. Army[/caption] WASHINGTON The Medal of Honor will be awarded for the first time to a living veteran of the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan, White House officials announced today in a written statement.
Army Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta received a phone call from President Barack Obama yesterday, thanking him for his service. Obama informed the infantryman that he would receive the nation's highest award for his service and extraordinary bravery in battle, the statement said.The event occurred Oct. 25, 2007, in eastern Afghanistan's Korengal Valley. Giunta was a specialist at the time and rifle team leader. He served in Company B, 2nd Battalion, 503rd Airborne Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team, based out of Vicenza, Italy.Giunta overcame being separated from his unit, evaded potential enemy captors and risked his life to rescue two fellow soldiers. His unit was divided during the gun battle. One fellow soldier was exposed to enemy fire when Giunta left his cover to pull the soldier to safety.The enemy continued to engage Giunta and the soldier as they worked to link up with their squad. During the movement, Giunta noticed two insurgents carrying the second soldier, trying to take him captive. Giunta immediately engaged the combatants, killing one and wounding another. He provided medical aid to the soldier while others provided security. The soldier eventually died of his wounds, but Giunta's actions prevented him from staying in enemy hands. Giunta, 25, is a native of Iowa, and enlisted in the Army in November 2003. He deployed twice to Afghanistan, and currently is stationed in Vicenza. The Medal of Honor is the highest U.S. military decoration. Six servicemembers have received the Medal of Honor all posthumously since the global war on terror began following the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States. On Oct. 6, 2010, Army Staff Sgt. Robert J. Miller, who was 24 years old when he died, will become the seventh servicemember serving in the global war on terror to receive the Medal of Honor posthumously. Miller will receive the award for his heroic actions in Barikowt, Afghanistan, on Jan. 25, 2008. Giunta will become the eighth Medal of Honor recipient for actions in operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and the only Iraq and Afghanistan veteran to receive the award while alive. The White House statement did not say when Giunta will receive his medal. Sept. 10, 2010: By Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael J. Carden- American Forces Press Service Article Redistributed by Support Our Troops Redistributed by
SpecialForcesAirborne2010-3August - 2010 - "Thank you for the donation from Support Our Troops® with the Boy Scouts  of America gourmet popcorn, given to the United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School Soldiers and their Families. Your generosity reflects the very values that are the cornerstone of the Boy Scouts of America.  Thank you again for a job well done, and best wishes for continued success." ~~ Sincerely,  Thomas R. Csrnko, Major General, U.S. Army, Commanding Officer
GoodworkSOTI am pleased to inform you of the quality of  the organization's 2009 performance for the troops around the world.   And I can tell you that here at mid-2010 we are well on our way to amplifying these growth results for a long future of significant service to the troops and their families.
Annual Program and Nonprogram Revenue Our audited fiscal year 2009 Form 990 has been completed and filed with the IRS, and shows:
  • FY2009 overhead was 1.3%, with over $7,200,000 in goods shipped to the troops.
Previous audited results are as follows:
  • FY2008 overhead was 3.3%, with over $6,000,000 in goods shipped to the troops.
  • FY2007 overhead was 4.7%, with over $5,000,000 in goods shipped to the troops
Is this a great country with a lot of good people or what? Annual External Independent Audit Support Our Troops® is audited each year by an external independent CPA, and those audits confirm the above stated results. IRS On-site Audit Results During 2010 Support Our Troops, Inc. underwent an on-site IRS audit of tax years 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009.  The IRS auditor reviewed almost every document and paper relating to tax years  2006 through 2009,  visited and inspected all office locations,  and interviewed the CEO extensively.   The IRS audit determined that the organization's exempt status should properly be continued, adjusted the executive's compensation treatment from 990 to W2,  and noted no other findings.   Support Our Troops, Inc. was complimented on being a well designed and operated nonprofit.    This review and result  is a major confirmation of a quality nonprofit operation. Mission Statements
  • Support Our Troops®, shipping morale and well-being to the troops worldwide.
  • SupportOurTroops.Org is the charity through which we Americans bolster the morale and well-being of our active duty troops and their families by highly effective programs that deliver millions of dollars a year in care packs and food treats to the front lines,  positive public support at home,  kids' camp assistance,  and more.  They support us let's support them!
Why Our Programs Exist. We've got their backs.  A neighbor goes off to protect us and our families. Morally what should we do for him?  For her?  SupportOurTroops.Org is the charity through which we Americans bolster the morale and well-being of our active duty troops and their families by our highly effective programs that deliver over $7 million a year in care paks and food treats to the front lines,  positive public support at home,  kids' camp assistance,  and more.  They support us let's support them! Programs Overview. Consistent with our philosophy of personal involvement, Support Our Troops® operates programs which enable each of us to personally take responsibility for our neighbors when we ask them to protect us.  All of our programs boost support for the troops and their families in a direct citizen-to-citizen manner. Programs change, and are added and removed, from time to time, and the allocations among them change,  all in order to best follow and serve the troops' changing needs.  The programs are presented in greater detail on the SupportOurTroops.Org site. Responsibly Poised for Successful Future SupportOurTroops.Org's record of growth results from careful and successful execution of our sound business plan, which was built upon strong fundamentals and financial acumen.   Looking toward the future we will continue to build upon those same principles to maximize charitable revenue from existing centers, while leveraging our expertise and experience to identify additional charitable revenue opportunities.  The stage is set for a permanent future of successful service to the troops and their families.  We are uniquely positioned and enjoy significant visibility. Continuing this approach will enhance operations and further position this organization for exceptional long term service to America's troops and their families. Thank you, and on behalf of the troops we welcome your continued support. Martin C. Boire Chairman Support Our Troops®
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