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U.S. Military: Leading by Example

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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Representatives from the Navy, the Marines, and the Army Corps of Engineers illustrate how the U.S. military is on the forefront of efforts to develop and implement renewable, clean energy sources, both to power U.S. forces and to combat climate change.

Jonathan Powers is the chief operating officer of the Truman National Security Project. Previously, he was the veterans program director for The Eleison Group, LLC, where he worked on developing the outreach efforts of the progressive community to the veterans and military families. Prior to joining The Eleison Group, he served for four years as an officer in the U.S. Army, including a 15- month tour in Iraq as part of Operation Iraq Freedom I. In 2005, Powers founded War Kids Relief after returning to Iraq as a civilian to develop programs to engage Iraq's youth and minimize recruitment by radicalized elements. In 2008, he was a Democratic candidate for New York's 26th Congressional District.
Colonel Robert "Brutus" Charette, Jr. (USMC) is the director of the U.S. Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office. He participated directly in the following combat operations: Operation Desert Storm, Kuwait/Iraq (1991); Operation Southern Watch, Iraq (1995); Operation Deliberate Force, Bosnia (1995); Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan (2001–2002); Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq (2005). He also participated in three deployments to the Western Pacific, two in support of the Unit Deployment Program (1992 and 1996). In addition, Charette has made three deployments afloat, one aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) with Carrier Air Wing 8 (1995), and two aboard the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) with Carrier Air Wing 9 (2003 and 2005). His many personal decorations include the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars and the Air Medal with combat distinguishing device.
Rear Admiral Philip H. Cullom (USN) is director of the Fleet Readiness Division on the U.S. Navy Staff. At sea, he has served as sea combat commander for the 1st Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG-1) in support of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom (2003–2004). From June 2007 to August 2008, he commanded the Eisenhower and George Washington Strike Groups, as commander, Carrier Strike Group 8. Ashore, Cullom has served in various staff, policy, strategy, and technical positions: shift engineer and staff training officer of the A1W nuclear prototype at the Idaho National Engineering Laboratory; special assistant to the CNO's Executive Panel (OP-00K); and branch head for Strategy & Policy (N513). Joint assignments have included defense resource manager within the J-8 Directorate of the Joint Staff, White House fellow to the director of the Office of Management and Budget, and director for Defense Policy and Arms Control at the National Security Council. He also held a personnel assignment, serving as the head of Officer Programs and Placement (PERS 424/41N) for all surface nuclear trained officers from late 2001 until 2003. After completing major command, he served as the chief of staff for Commander, 2nd Fleet/Commander, Striking Fleet Atlantic until September 2005. Flag assignments ashore included Navy Staff positions as director, Deep Blue, and director for Strategy & Policy (N5SP).
Brigadier General Peter A. "Duke" DeLuca became commander and division engineer of the North Atlantic Division (NAD) on April 17, 2009. As division commander, DeLuca oversees the planning, design, and construction of projects to support the military, protect America's water resources, and restore and enhance the environment within an 180,000 square mile area along the Atlantic Coast. This includes more than $7.5 billion in work to support the Base Realignment and Closure Act of 2005. He is also responsible for a variety of Division engineering and construction activities for international, federal, state, and local governments and agencies in the United States and overseas, including $3.6 billion in military and foreign assistance work in Europe and Africa. The total program in North Atlantic Division is over $16.6 billion in work between Fiscal Year 2008 and Fiscal Year 2012. DeLuca's previous assignment was as commander of the 20th Engineer Brigade (Combat) (Airborne) at Fort Bragg and in Iraq from June 2006 through December 2008. His decorations include the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters and the Combat Action Badge.