Naval Power and Force Projection

Summer 2017

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DoD Power & Energy had the opportunity to speak with Mr. Roberto Guerrero, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, regarding Air Force efforts to optimize operational energy usage in order to ensure readiness, increase combat capability and reinforce mission success. Interview conducted by NP&FP Editor Kevin Hunter DoD P&E: How is the Air Force energy office different from other Service energy offices? Mr. Guerrero: With more than 5,000 aircraft in the Air Force fleet and more than 40 different mission sets, the majority of energy expenditures reside in aviation energy. In fact, the Air Force's fuel cost in 2016 was more than $5 billion – approximately 81 percent of the total Air Force Energy bill and 4.7 percent of the overall Air Force budget. Additionally, the Air Force uses approximately 57 percent of the Department of Defense supply of Operational Energy – more than all the other Services combined. DoD P&E: What are your primary focus areas? Mr. Guerrero: For the Air Force, operational energy encompasses the energy required to operate aviation assets and aerospace ground equipment. The management of operation energy involves more than just the use of aviation fuel and therefore we focus on three major areas that include current operations, logistics and sustainment, and future operations. Our current operations team is focused on ways to optimize how the Air Force flies its aircraft to maximize combat capability. Mission planning, cargo loading, and airspace and range usage are areas where we are exploring operational energy efficiencies. We live in a constantly changing world and adapting to these changes through continuous process improvement is what current operations is all about. Through internal Air Force process assessments, we ensure that we stay on top of new ways to maximize our training and combat capability. Our second focus area is fuel logistics and aircraft sustainment. This team expands operational energy concerns beyond aircraft operations and looks at the development of advanced alternative fuels, risks Mr. Roberto I. Guerrero, a member of the Senior Executive Service, is the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Installations, Environment and Energy, Washington, D.C. Mr. Guerrero is responsible for providing oversight and direction for all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, and execution of plans, policies, and programs for the effective and efficient use of the Air Force's $5B operational energy bill in support of its global mission. Mr. Guerrero earned his commission as an ensign in the Navy through Aviation Officer Candidate School in 1988 and received his wings as a Naval Aviator in 1989. He held assignments in Florida, California, Virginia, and Texas, culminating his Navy career in 1999 as operations officer and flight instructor in the T-34C. In 2000, Mr. Guerrero was selected for inter-service transfer to the Air Force. He qualified in the E-3 AWACS and held assignments in Oklahoma and Okinawa, Japan, where he commanded the 961st Airborne Air Control Squadron. He later served at the Air Force Safety Center as a division chief and concluded his military career as the center's Vice Commander. During his military service he participated in operations Deep Freeze, Korean Contingency and Noble Eagle, and flew 24 combat missions over Afghanistan during Operation Endur- ing Freedom. He was a command pilot with more than 4,100 flight hours, including more than 350 combat hours. Mr. Guerrero entered civil service in 2010 where he served as Deputy Chief of Safety, Air Force, and Executive Director, Air Force Safety Center, Kirtland AFB, New Mexico. Following this tour of duty, he was Director of Staff, Headquarters Air Force Reserve Command, Robins AFB, Georgia. ENSURING OPERATIONALLY-READY ENERGY ROBERTO I. GUERRERO Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Operational Energy EXTENDING REACH AIR FORCE EFFICIENCY 26 | NP&FP and DoD P&E | Summer 2017

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