"Energy Conservation: It Starts with Awareness" was the theme for the 2009 Energy Awareness Month at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Department of Energy promotes the national Awareness Month campaign each October.
Among the key goals leaders and energy stewards from the Air Force District of Washington sought to accomplish through the program was to showcase the base as a nationally recognized model for energy and water conservation. It was the same vision for an energy-efficient future that was behind AFDW’s participation in the national Energy Star Pledge movement of the Energy Department.
Most probably the same concerns led them recently to decide to replace some of the power-hogging street lamps on the base grounds with eco-friendly LED lights from Torrance, California-based LEDtronics, Inc.
Three different LED lighting products from LEDtronics appear in the top photo at right: a set of SLL003PC-400-XPW-005 ceiling/wall Slim Line Shoebox luminaires illuminate the pedestrian tunnel; another set of SLL003P-400-XPW-004 pole-mount Slim Line Shoebox luminaires, 27 watts each, lights the walkway leading into and out of the tunnel (they usually replace 70-watt HPS or Metal Halide lamps); in the background on the right is one of the SLL002P-3D60W-XPW-004 M400 Cobrahead-style streetlight luminaires (at 82 watts, it usually replaces 200-250-watt HPS lamps).
In the bottom photo at right, some 200 high-power, acorn-style street/walkway LED30MH-600-XPW-001 lamps keep the base’s Angell Street well lit at night.
In use since it was founded in 1918 on the east side of the Potomac River, Bolling AF Base is home of the USAF 11th Wing, "The Chief's Own." Once an important airfield in the Air Force's inventory, Bolling was made into the headquarters for all Air Force operations in the National Capital Region in 1985.
In addition to the AFDW, Bolling AFB is host to a variety of organizations representing a cross-section of the Air Force, from base-level offices to Headquarters for the Office of Special Investigations, the Air Force Surgeon General and the Air Force Chief of Chaplains. Bolling also serves as a diverse military community, housing families of all services and hosting one of the largest defense organizations—the Defense Intelligence Agency Center.