U.S. military helps Iraq promote environmentally friendly practices

USAF Lt. Col. Thomas Williams of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq
USAF Lt. Col. Thomas Williams of the Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq

Air Force Lt. Col. Thomas N. Williams Jr, PhD, Chief of Planning, Engineering Directorate, Multi-National Security Transition Command-Iraq, answered bloggers’ questions Aug. 26 on measures being employed in Iraq to boost energy efficiency and to promote environmentally friendly methods.

The Air Force is a vital element in this partnership. This is a joint effort and the Air Force is involved. Nearly one-third of the people participating in this effort are Air Force personnel. There are more than 300 projects going on. The Air Force Center for Engineering and the Environment is helping in this effort, Colonel Williams said.

He emphasized that the key to getting the environment and the economy right is the efficient use of energy. The use of energy has to be environmentally friendly and cost effective to build a more secure Iraq.

The Iraqis are starting to see how good environmental practices will help their country, and the U.S. Military is here to provide the education to provide a greater awareness of how important maintaining a healthy environment is, Colonel Williams said.

“The U.S. military is the most environmentally conscious military in the world,” he continued.

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Posted by Master Sgt. Stephen Delgado