1B : Monday, May 8 : 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm
By Air, Land and Sea: How are the Armed Forces Advancing Energy Efficiency?
As militaries around the world look to maximize their resources and improve readiness, many have incorporated energy efficiency as a critical component in their preparedness and resiliency strategies. What R&D, initiatives, and technologies are forces employing to do more with less? How are these efforts bringing energy efficiency to scale?
Lieutenant Commander Patrick Hudock
Deputy Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office
Lieutenant Commander Hudock currently serves as the Deputy Director, Navy Energy Coordination Office (NECO), within the OPNAV N45 Directorate for Energy and Environmental Readiness. The NECO office is responsible for the creation and execution of Navy Operational Energy strategy and policy, investigation of operational vulnerabilities related to energy and other threats to energy security, guiding research for advancements in operational energy, and resourcing operational energy investments. Prior to this Pentagon position LCDR Hudock served nine years on active duty as a Naval Flight Officer and Electronic Warfare Mission Commander on the EP-3 as well as an Instructor Air Surveillance Officer on the NATO E-3A supporting operations in the western Pacific, Iraq, the Arabian Gulf, and Libya. In 2012, LCDR Hudock left active duty and accepted the position of Director of Energy Engineering for Intercap Energy Systems with focus on improving customer energy efficiency and reducing utility costs through automated continuous commissioning and demand shifting via remote connections to building management systems and utilizing data analytics. In 2014 LCDR Hudock became the Energy Engineer for the United States Postal Service (USPS) where he was responsible for $55M of energy efficiency projects generating a 28% ROI and $14.5M in annual savings across 78 major facilities, furthered integration of 50+ additional facilities energy data into a central Enterprise Energy Management System, brought 700kW of renewable power systems back online, and was the agency representative to the Federal Energy Management Program. In 2015 LCDR Hudock was recalled to active duty and deployed as the Chief of Electronic Warfare Operations for the CENTCOM Theater. LCDR Hudock earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Systems Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, a Master of Engineering degree in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the University of Maryland, Clark School of Engineering, and is a Certified Energy Manager by the Association of Energy Engineers.
Colonel Brian Magnuson
Director, Expeditionary Energy Office (E2O) , United States Marine Corps
Colonel Brian Magnuson has served in the Marine Corps since 1986. He is a KC-130 Weapons and Tactics Instructor Pilot who has operational experience in Asia-Pacific and the Middle East, to include Afghanistan and Iraq. Col Magnuson commanded the Marine Corps Air Facility at Quantico and has completed staff tours at Headquarters Marine Corps and Marine Corps Forces Central Command (Forward). Col Magnuson currently serves as the Director of the Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, an organization focused on innovating energy solutions that enhance the combat effectiveness of Marines.
Dennis V. McGinn
Former Assistant Secretary, U.S. Navy
Mr. Dennis McGinn was appointed Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Energy, Installations & Environment) on September 3, 2013. In this position, Mr. McGinn develops Department-wide policies, procedures, advocacy and strategic plans. He also oversees all Department of the Navy functions and programs related to installations, safety, energy, and environment. This includes effective management of Navy and Marine Corps real property, housing, and other facilities. natural and cultural resource protection, planning, and compliance. safety and occupational health for military and civilian personnel. and timely completion of closures and realignments of installations under base closure laws. Mr. McGinn is the former President of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE), an organization dedicated to building a secure and prosperous America with clean, renewable energy. While at ACORE, he led efforts to communicate the significant economic, security and environmental benefits of renewable energy. Mr. McGinn is also a past co-chairman of the CNA Military Advisory Board and an international security senior fellow at the Rocky Mountain Institute. In 2002, after 35 years of service, Mr. McGinn retired from the Navy after achieving the rank of Vice Admiral. While in the Navy, he served as a naval aviator, test pilot, aircraft carrier commanding officer, and national security strategist. His capstone assignment was as the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Warfare Requirements and Programs, where he oversaw the development of future Navy capabilities. In a previous operational leadership role, he commanded the U.S. Third Fleet. Mr. McGinn is a past member of the Steering Committee of the Energy Future Coalition, the United States Energy Security Council, and the Bipartisan Policy Center Energy Board. He earned a B.S. degree in Naval Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy. attended the national security program at the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and was a Chief of Naval Operations strategic studies fellow at the U.S. Naval War College.
Jack Surash
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary, Energy & Sustainability, U.S. Army
Mr. J. E. “Jack” Surash became the Acting DASA (E&S) in September 2016. In this position he is responsible for overall program direction, establishment of policies, development and refinement of strategies, and oversight for implementation of all programs and initiatives related to Energy Security and Sustainability within the Army. As the Army's Senior Energy Executive, Mr. Surash coordinates and integrates both installation (traditional as well as expeditionary) and operational energy programs and strategies. He comes to the Pentagon from duties as the Senior Project Management Advisor at the Department of Energy’s Office of Environmental Management (EM). Prior to that, he was the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Acquisition and Project Management. In that position, he led efforts for EM’s $6 billion per year portfolio, served as EM’s Head of Contracting Activity, oversaw procurement planning, contract management, and provided project management support. A native of Charlotte, North Carolina and raised in Rochester, New York, Jack has served the nation in key positions around the world. Mr. Surash joined the Department of Energy as a member of the Senior Executive Service in 2005 as Director, Office of Infrastructure and Facilities Management at the National Nuclear Security Administration. He was also the Business Development Manager for Johnson Controls Inc., a Fortune 100 company, and Chief Business Officer for Miami-Dade County Public Schools, the 4th largest K-12 public school district in the U.S., where he was responsible for facilities planning, design and construction, maintenance, food service, and school bus transportation. During a twenty-seven year distinguished Navy career, Mr. Surash served in a broad range of increasingly responsible facilities management, design, construction, contracting, and “Seabee” (Construction Battalion) assignments around the world. He commanded Naval Mobile Construction Battalion Seven and Navy Public Works Center San Diego. In an earlier assignment, he led a Seabee detail that supported the Army’s 3rd Battalion 319th Field Artillery Regiment, in Honduras during Operation Ahuas Tara II. Mr. Surash retired at the rank of Captain from the United States Navy’s Civil Engineer Corps. Under his leadership, Navy Public Works Center San Diego received the California Eureka Award for Performance Excellence, Vice President Gore’s Hammer Award, and the President’s Quality Award for Quality Improvement (Malcolm Baldrige criteria). For actions during the California electricity crisis, his Navy Region Southwest Regional Energy Team received a Presidential Award for Leadership in Federal Energy Management, and numerous other recognitions including an Energy Leadership Award from the San Diego Regional Energy Office and an Excellence in Energy Award from the San Diego Business Journal. In addition, Mr. Surash was presented the Department of Energy’s Louis R. Harris Award for establishing one of the Federal Government's first resource efficiency management programs. Mr. Surash holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Rochester and a Master of Engineering degree in Mechanical Engineering, specializing in energy management, from Texas A&M University. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Duke University, Fuqua School of Business and the Executive Certificate in Management and Leadership Program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Mr. Surash is a registered professional engineer.
Kevin Vaughn
Director, ESPC Program, Schneider Electric
Mr. Vaughn has nearly 30 years of experience working in the energy conservation industry and has developed over 35 comprehensive Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) in his career. In 1997, he was appointed to a task force by the Comptroller of Texas to develop energy efficiency policy and legislation for Texas State government. He has been with Schneider Electric since 2002 and has served as the Project Executive for many of Schneider Electric’s recent Federal ESPC projects, including the first-ever Net Zero ESPC project for the GSA. Mr. Vaughn’s current responsibilities include leading Schneider Electric’s Federal ESPC program including developing relationships with agencies and serving as the main contact for Federal ESPC customers to ensure the optimal implementation of comprehensive solutions and adherence to Federal regulations and procurement methods. He is also responsible for leading negotiations and arranging financing for ESPC projects. Education and Certification • Registered Professional Engineer Illinois (inactive), North Carolina (inactive) • M.B.A. Finance and Marketing, University of Chicago • Professional Degree, Mechanical Engineering, North Carolina State University • B.A. Physics, DePauw University