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February Speaker Recap: Rear Admiral William D. French

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SDMAC members and guests gathered at the Feb. 17 breakfast meeting to listen to Rear Admiral William French speak about programs of interest and the installations that comprise Navy Region Southwest.

The programs RADM French discussed included:

* Navy Broadway Complex -- This project, long delayed by continued litigation, involves the construction of a new Navy headquarters building, the development of hotels and shops, and redevelopment along the Embarcadero. Most of the litigation has been resolved, however, appeals are still pending.

* Energy conservation -- Major efforts are underway to meet the SECNAV’s goals. From the commencement of this effort in 2003, SW Region installations have reduced power usage by 18%. All ten bases within the region have been recognized for exceptional achievement. By 2020, it is anticipated that 50% of all shore power will be from renewable sources, much of it from geothermal potential.

* Water conservation -- 400 million less gallons of water are now being used per year.

* Encroachment -- A major encroachment issue exists concerning merchant vessels impacting the test and training ranges off Point Mugu as ships transiting the California coast now do so further offshore due to the expense of burning fuels compliant with unique California regulations.

* MILCON -- The robust military construction (MILCON) program will continue. Last year saw $421 million in projects. Future upgrades to bachelor housing are planned through 2016.

RADM French also provided a comprehensive synopsis of the bases located around the SW Region, which include: NWS China Lake; NAF El Centro; NAVBASE Ventura County (home to NAS Point Mugu and NCBC Port Hueneme); NWS Seal Beach; Naval Postgraduate School--Monterey; NAVBASE Coronado (consisting of NAS North Island, OLF Imperial Beach & San Clemente Island); NAVBASE San Diego; and NAVBASE Point Loma.

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