Feature Story

Energy Conservation an Air Force Priority

It can be as simple as closing a door or turning off a computer monitor. Or it can be big things like a new geothermal heating and cooling system. Increasingly, the Air Force is counting on its most prized asset - its people - to work on conserving another valuable commodity - energy.

"Energy is a critical part of everything we do in the Air Force and across DOD," Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley said in an August presentation at the National Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas. Reducing energy demand and increasing energy supply sources are vital areas as the department looks to identify efficiencies and expand capabilities, Donley said.

A variety of programs at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, Mich., are helping the Air Force to reduce energy usage and costs. 

Energy - be it electricity in our buildings or jet fuel in our aircraft -- is a critical component of all Air Force operations and having assured access to energy is a strategic advantage," said Col. Michael T. Thomas, 127th Wing commander at Selfridge. "Everyone in the Air Force, from Airmen to civilians to contractors, can play a key role in achieving our energy goals by making energy a consideration in all that we do."

Environmental Commitment

127th Wing Environmental Commitment Statement

1. In accordance with Air Force Policy Directive 90-8, Environment, Safety & Occupational Health Management and Risk Management, this memorandum delineates the environmental commitment statement of the 127th Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base.

2. The 127th Wing is committed to conducting its mission in an environmentally responsible manner that protects human health, natural resources and the environment. We are dedicated to continued improvement of our processes to prevent pollution and reduce waste generation. The 127th’s mission includes operation and maintenance of KC-135 and A-10 aircraft to include corrosion control, aerospace ground equipment, vehicle maintenance and facility maintenance. We will comply with all environmental laws and regulations applicable to the conduct of this mission.

3. In support of our environmental commitment, we will strive to:

    a. Promote the conservation and sustainable use of natural and manmade materials;

    b. Prevent environmental pollution and minimize waste generation;

    c. Build environmental concerns into policies, programs and missions;

    d. Set environmental goals, measure progress, and take corrective action when necessary;

    e. Achieve continuous improvement in environmental performance over and above regulatory and legislative requirements; and,

    f. Work in partnership with all stakeholders to promote waste reduction.

4. Compliance with this Environmental Commitment Statement is the responsibility of every member of the 127th Wing, as well as tenants and contractors working at Selfridge.

NGB's F-35 Environmental Impact Statement

Environmental restoration

Energy & Environment


The Department of Defense, Air Force and National Guard Bureau have created new initiatives to conserve energy and the environment. The 127th Wing is committed to following federal, state and local guidance; using energy and resources in the most cost-effective, efficient ways possible; and continuing to find new ways to "go green." The efforts are ongoing, and goal is to make Selfridge Air National Guard Base an energy-saving, environmentally conscious model for other bases.