With Rear Admiral Len Hering’s retirement from the Navy rapidly approaching, SDMAC’s members and guests gathered at the July monthly breakfast meeting to hear his comments about the Navy and its impact to the San Diego region.
Stated RADM Hering, "Over $40.7 billion comes to the State of California with close to $27 billion coming to San Diego County -- which is more money than any other county in the U.S. on its own gets -- and the amount will get even larger in years to come". He mentioned that fifteen organizations have moved to South Bay over the years to support the Navy’s operations.
Stated RADM Hering, "We need to know what it costs to do business. We count each penny and see that it goes to meeting a specific strategic goal. One such goal is sustainability -- a key to the military’s success going forward." Hering went on to elaborate that over four years ago, the military was the single largest user of electricity in South Bay. Today, the military is 42% lighter compared to their use four years ago.
Hering also stated that it’s their goal to be a "zero waste company by 2025". The military is heavily engaged in wind technology and conversion technology among other things to help meet this goal.
RADM Hering expressed his concern to the gathered SDMAC crowd that the military’s infrastructure within San Diego is failing and needs significant help. "Most of the structures are in excess of 45 years and were built for temporary use during World War II.", Hering said. "We need an infrastructure to support the new century as we can’t operate our force of tomorrow with a WW II infrastructure." Rear Admiral Hering concluded his presentation by stating that one great part of what he’s experienced while in San Diego is the chance to know the fine people of America’s Finest City.