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NEWS | June 30, 2016

Army Reserve unit’s Energy Team continues to receive recognition

By Sgt. Russell Toof 99th Regional Support Command

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. - For the second year in a row, the U.S. Army Reserve’s 99th Regional Support Command Energy Team, received a national energy and water management award.

Following a Secretary of the Army "Small Group" Energy and Water Management Award for fiscal year 2014, Christine Ploschke, Justin Drigon and Jarrod Ross were selected for a 2015 Federal Energy Water Management Award from the Department Of Energy.

“Both (awards) were for how much energy- and water-consumption reduction we were able to achieve in such a short period of time. The way we were able to achieve those reductions was primarily through our innovation energy-savings performance contract that was pretty much the first of its kind in the Reserve, if not the Department of Defense,” said Ploschke, acting chief, 99th RSC Environmental Division and Energy Program. “I believe ours had one of the highest savings amount generated for the year.”

The Energy Program’s energy-savings performance contract will save an estimated $57 million over a 21-year period. One-hundred fifteen sites in the 99th RSC’s 13-state region were audited in order to develop the contract’s scope of work.

The accolades continued for Ploschke earlier this year as she was nominated for the Outstanding Civilian Award as part of the annual Army Reserve Engineer Awards.

“It’s unfortunate that I didn’t win, but I still appreciated being nominated,” Ploschke said.

The 99th RSC’s Energy Team strives to promote energy conservation, increased energy efficiency, leveraged use of renewable/alternative energy and a sustainable energy program foundation.

“My one request is that everybody should be doing their part and if you’re not sure what to do, feel free to reach out to us,” she said. “We love giving advice and helping everyone do their part in reaching Army sustainability goals.”

The 99th RSC's mission is to provide facilities, programs and services to Soldiers, civilians and their families in the 13-state Northeast Region, to support Army readiness, to sustain the All-Volunteer Force and to ensure infrastructure for current and future mission requirements.

The 99th supports Soldier readiness in many ways, such as providing vehicle maintenance at 26 Area Maintenance Support Activities, equipment storage and maintenance at nine Equipment Concentration Sites, administrative support at 14 Regional Personnel Action Center hubs and satellite offices, and training support at more than 250 Reserve Centers located throughout its 13-state region.