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New app to spotlight Army at AUSA

A new app for smartphones will allow Soldiers worldwide to visit Army exhibits and watch presentations taking place at the Washington Convention Center Monday to Wednesday.

The Army Exhibit Mobile App will help visitors find what they’re looking for at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual meeting and symposium, and allow those who can’t be there to take a virtual tour.

The app will allow users to watch Secretary of the Army John McHugh, Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno and other senior leaders discuss leading-edge issues facing the Army, such as advancing the network, cyber security, future training, leader development and more. They will be able to hear Soldiers ask questions and get frank answers from their senior leaders.

“We want to expand the reach beyond the building and beyond the calendar,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Smedley, who explained the presentations and exhibits will be available for viewing on the app not just during the three days of the conference, but for months to come.

Energy savings a priority for DoD

The Defense Department is the single largest energy consumer in the United States, accounting for about 90 percent of the federal government’s energy use, said Dorothy Robyn, who manages and oversees permanent military installations worldwide and manages installation programs that involve energy, the environment, safety and occupational health.

“Our bill last year was $15 billion, and three-quarters of that was for operational energy fuel,” she said, referring to the fuel used to operate tanks, ships and planes and run generators at forward operating bases.

The part of the bill Robyn worries about, she said, is $4 billion a year, mostly for electricity spent to power 300,000 buildings on DoD installations — barracks and data centers and offices and hospitals — and to operate 200,000 vehicles.

Saving energy is a force multiplier, she said. And because the Defense Department is a technology leader, she said, “we think we can be a solutions multiplier in the country’s effort to wage an energy revolution.”

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