• Navy’s Number Two Installations Official Stepping Down0

    Roger Natsuhara, who has served as both the Navy’s top energy and installations official in an interim capacity as well as the top deputy, is stepping down this week after serving five years with the department’s office of the assistant secretary for energy, installations and environment. Natsuhara is moving to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, where he will become vice president for design and construction, according to a Navy spokesperson. Since he was appointed principal deputy assistant secretary in August 2009, Natsuhara has been at the helm of several major initiatives …

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  • Senate Confirms Air Force Installations Nominee0

    The Air Force’s top installations post will be filled by a Senate-confirmed individual for the first time in 18 months after the chamber last week confirmed Miranda Ballentine to be the service’s assistant secretary for installations, environment and logistics. Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, is expected to begin working at the Pentagon on Sept. 22, according to an Air Force spokesman. President Obama nominated Ballentine for the post in January. Kathleen Ferguson has been the acting assistant secretary since March 2013 when Terry Yonkers stepped down …

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  • Air Force Installations Nominee Advances Past Committee0

    The nomination of Miranda Ballentine to be the next assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment, and energy has advanced to the full Senate after the Armed Services Committee this week voted to “favorably report out” her nomination. President Obama nominated Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, for the post in January. She testified before the committee last week. To watch a webcast or read her answers to written questions, visit the committee website …

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  • House, Senate Policy Bills Offer Competing Plans for Reorganizing Top Installations Post0

    Depending on how the issue is settled during House-Senate negotiations over the final version of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill, the Pentagon’s top installations and environment position could remain in place but with a new title, or it could be merged with the department’s operational energy chief post. The Senate version of the annual defense policy bill, approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee last month, adopts DOD’s reorganization plan, which calls for merging the positions of deputy undersecretary of defense (DUSD) for installations and environment with the assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for operational energy plans and programs …

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  • President Nominates Walmart Official for Air Force Installations Post0

    President Obama last week nominated Miranda Ballentine, a top sustainability and renewable energy official for Wal-Mart Stores, to become assistant secretary of the Air Force for installations, environment and logistics, continuing the administration’s preference to select individuals with a background in energy to lead each service’s installations office. Kathleen Ferguson has been the acting assistant secretary since last March when Terry Yonkers stepped down. Ballentine has been the director of sustainability, renewable energy, sustainable facilities and stakeholder engagement for Wal-Mart Stores since 2008. Previously, she was vice president of investor analysis, chief operating officer and senior consultant for David Gardiner and Associates, according to a White House press release. In 2004, she served as the director of operations, assistant treasurer, and a board member for Environment2004. Ballentine was the operations director for the Solar Electric Light Fund from 2001 to 2004.

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  • Navy’s Clean Energy Initiative to Spur Private Sector Investment, Energy Chief Says0

    Dennis McGinn, the Navy’s newly confirmed assistant secretary for energy, installations, and environment, believes the service’s push to rely on renewable energy sources, particularly biofuels, will advance their adoption by the private sector. “The private-sector benefits are the military’s ability to do some pretty good analysis, to manage risk, and to introduce innovative materials and innovative processes,” said McGinn, who will assume his new post next month. “It significantly lowers the barrier of entry to new industries and new technologies,” said the retired vice admiral …

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