HomeNewsFeatures

Feature Search

Andersen technicians combat power shortage, conserve energy

This infographic lists ways to conserve energy. For more information, call the CES customer service number at 366-2916 or check MyMC2 for updates. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin)

This infographic lists ways to conserve energy. For more information, call the CES customer service number at 366-2916 or check MyMC2 for updates. (U.S. Air Force illustration by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin)

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Benson and Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Bratton, 36th Civil Engineer
Squadron power production craftsmen, troubleshoot a generator suffering from poor fuel quality and manifold pressure leak Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The 350 kilowatt generator is used during emergency operation of a sewage lift station that supports base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Benson and Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Bratton, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsmen, troubleshoot a generator suffering from poor fuel quality and manifold pressure leak Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The 350 kilowatt generator is used during emergency operation of a sewage lift station that supports base housing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Benson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, checks a 3,000 gallon diesel fuel tank for water Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tank is utilized by an emergency generator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Staff Sgt. Robert A. Benson, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, checks a 3,000 gallon diesel fuel tank for water Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. The tank is utilized by an emergency generator. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Bratton, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, tightens a fuel strainer on a 350 kilowatt diesel generator Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Engineers constantly battle corrosive rust that plagues the base infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

Staff Sgt. Christopher R. Bratton, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron power production craftsman, tightens a fuel strainer on a 350 kilowatt diesel generator Sept. 29, 2015, at Andersen Air Force Base, Guam. Engineers constantly battle corrosive rust that plagues the base infrastructure. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Arielle Vasquez/Released)

ANDERSEN AIR FORCE BASE, Guam -- In order to beat the island's heat, Guam residents rely on electric fans, refrigerators and air conditioners on a daily basis. All of these appliances require energy to ensure everyone's well-being.

Members of Team Andersen were recently reminded how crucial electricity is on the island when Guam Power Authority lost two of its four base load production units due to an explosion toward the end of August. The damaged units were responsible for producing power for the island at all times.

Currently, GPA is using generators built to handle times when energy consumption is at its peak to cover the island's needs; however, these generators have been running nearly fulltime since the explosion, said Maj. James Gingras, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron Operations Flight commander. Unfortunately, a few times in the last month, technical problems caused several of the generators to trip off line, causing automatic load shedding. That meant certain circuits were turned off in order to preserve the entire electric grid. Plus, in order to perform normal and emergency repairs to those systems, GPA technicians had to perform manual load shedding, which meant GPA manually switched off electric circuits to avoid overloading the remaining generators on the grid.

Following the automatic load shedding, the 36th CES has been using its own stand-by generators to reduce power consumption on base. Normally, all of the facilities on Andersen AFB are connected to the commercial power grid, but some were disconnected when the issues arose to relieve some of the stress on the grid. Although the housing circuits were affected by the automatic load shedding, they have not been affected during the manual load shedding. Officials with the Consolidated Commission on Utilities, which is the publically elected body in charge of GPA, have said that when manual load shedding is required, the whole island is susceptible to being asked to go without power for an hour or more each time.  Fortunately, since the base is already reducing demand on the system with facility generators, Andersen AFB has not been affected.

Meanwhile, crews from the 36th CES have been working around the clock to fix any problems and ensure power is kept running on base. In addition to activating facility generators, the 36th CES has also shut down air conditioning to large industrial facilities or in facilities that are unoccupied when not in use at night. 

"We are doing everything we can possibly do to keep the mission going, and have also done our part to free up extra power that can be used on the island," said Master Sgt. Matt Castillo, 36th CES Operations Flight superintendent. "GPA now has more capacity to be used off base."

To alleviate the ongoing power issue, everyone on base can do their part to conserve as much energy as possible, Castillo said.

Coincidentally, October marks Energy Action Month, reminding everyone that individual efforts can make a positive impact, especially during the recent power incident that affected Guam's power grid.

"The highest energy demand times are between 6-10 p.m.," Castillo said. "During this time, island residents can really help out and do their part by avoiding or minimizing the use of any electrical component that produces heat, such as electric stoves, clothes dryers, coffee pots, toasters and water heaters. These small adjustments can benefit the island." 

Another easy fix is to turn the thermostat up a few degrees.  If you set the temperature in the mid-70s, customers will save energy, money, plus remain comfortable. Base officials have seen power use reduction in base housing; however, more help is needed to alleviate the ongoing shortfall.

"Everyone can do their part," Gingras said. "The entire island needs to be aware of every watt they are consuming. There are things that people can do to adjust their routine that has zero impact on them, but have a huge impact on the island overall."

For more information, call the CES customer service number at 366-2916 or check MyMC2 for updates.

Social Media

Facebook Twitter
Not just a right - It's your responsibility. #Vote
Tomorrow (Jan 31st) CE Customer Service and both Andersen Family and Unaccompanied Housing Offices will be closed from 11 A.M.–4 P.M. For emergencies, please see additional information below: CE Customer Service: For any emergency issues, please call 366-2916/2917/2918. All other non-emergency issues can be sent to the CE Customer Service email org box at 36ces.service@us.af.mil. Housing Office: For any urgent Housing matters, please call 366-6240 or 653-4731. Normal operating hours will resume Monday, 3 February. Thank you, 36th Civil Engineer Squadron
The Readiness & Emergency Management Flight will be conducting training today (Jan 30) from 7 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.. It will involve personnel driving around base in MOPP 4 and setting out detectors on main base. It is all for training purpose only.
Congratulations to our 4th Quarterly Award winners! Airman of the Quarter: SrA Tiffany Arquette- 36th Mission Support Group Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter: SSgt Bryan Koch- 36th Mission Support Group Senior Non-commissioned Officer of the Quarter: MSgt Coreena Dejesus-36th Wing Staff Agency Company Grade Officer of the Quarter: 2Lt Megan Barrick- 36th Maintenance Group Civilian Category I of the Quarter: Mr. Nathan Atalig- 36th Mission Support Group Civilian Category II of the Quarter: Mr. Shawn McMahon – 36th Mission Support Group Civilian Category III of the Quarter: Ms. Lucy Benavente - 36th Wing Staff Agency Honor Guard of the Quarter: SrA Brandi Dennis – 36th Communications Squadron Volunteer of the Quarter: SSgt Duawana Robinson – 36th Maintenance Group Team of the Quarter: Family Health- 36th Medical Group
Don't miss this great training opportunity on Sexual Assault Awareness, Prevention, and Bystander Intervention, 31st Jan, 11 A.M. at the Meehan Theater. This event is FREE and open to all! Joint Region Marianas
Andersen is proud to host the U.S. Navy's Tritons!
Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Jolesa Scott from the 36th Force Support Squadron team for being recognized as one of Team Andersen's Best! Great job!
#TeamAndersenDYK the fire prevention experts recommend to never leave open flames or cooking unattended, to check lint traps regularly as well as checking electrical outlets to make sure they are being used properly. In addition, family members of all ages should know and follow a shared emergency escape plan. Andersen firefighters recommend that, in case of fire, residents use their established escape plan and proceed to a designated rally point, a safe distance away from the flames and smoke. Once outside, immediately call 911 and describe the situation to dispatchers as calmly as possible. Fires happen sporadically, so please pay attention to your housekeeping, your surroundings and when you’re cooking or even just near a flame. #safety
Calling all football fans and history buffs!!! Immediately after World War II, the American military stationed in the South Pacific began playing full-contact football - pads and all. Andersen Air Force Base's Gilkeson Field, named after Brig. Gen. Adlai H. Gilkeson, commanding general of the 19th Bombardment Wing from 1949 to 1951, served as home of the North Field Bombers, the base football team! Teams in Japan, the Philippines, and Guam played in local military leagues, occasionally flying long distances to compete. A league champ on Guam wasn't determined until 1947, when the 1st Marine Brigade and the 501st Port Battalion tied for the island championship. The North Field (later Andersen) Bombers went undefeated in the 1948 season to capture the island title, which began a long legacy of the most successful football team on Guam for the next 34 years. The Bombers won at least 17 league/island championships - including 11 titles in a row from 1955 to 1966. The last Bomber championship was in 1974. Other teams on the island were also rich in tradition and history. In short, while the Navy dominated the league with their number of teams in action, it was the Andersen Bombers that dominated on the scoreboard and in the standings. The Bombers lasted until the leagues' end after the 1981 season. #TeamAndersen #TBT #NorthFieldBombers Joint Region Marianas US Naval Base Guam U.S. Pacific Air Forces 1st Marine Brigade
Every flight starts with planning! And a trip to Aircrew Flight Equipment. AFE Airmen maintain equipment used by pilots, which are essential for survival capabilities. AFE Airmen provide direct support to the Continuous Bomber Presence. Thanks, AFE!
The United States, along with Mexico and the Philippines, were ranked one of the world's worst places for human trafficking in 2018. In the U.S., there is no official number of human trafficking victims, but estimates place it in the hundreds of thousands. Look for these indicators to help combat human trafficking.
WARNING: Security Forces will deny access to the base and/or issue fines for not updating your vehicle registration or not having insurance.
Exercise the very right you protect - your right to vote! We can help with registering to vote, requesting an absentee ballot and notifying your local election officials back home of a change of address. Below is Voter Registration application, Absentee Ballot Request form (SF-76), and mailing address. This form is for Uniformed Service members, family members of voting age, DoD civilians, and citizens residing outside the United States. You may access many voting related questions and answers on the FVAP website at http://www.fvap.gov. Please click the link below to access the direct-to-voter training video which goes through the process step by step. https://www.fvap.gov/militaryhowto If you have any questions please contact your designated squadron UVAO or IVAO at DSN: 366-8137 or email: Andersen.vote@us.af.mil
Congratulations to Staff Sgt. Shannen Lisbourne from the 36th WG/JA team for being recognized as one of Team Andersen's Best! Great job!
#TeamAndersenDYK every day in the United States, about 10 people die from unintentional drowning, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Drowning ranks fifth among the leading causes of unintentional injury death in the U.S. Many Airmen and families enjoy swimming within the shallow water, but some choose to swim beyond the reef into deeper depths. Since there is no continental shelf around Guam, the landmass underwater does not have a gradual slope; therefore, the water depth drops suddenly. Swimmers are advised not to swim beyond the reef and into the deep open water to avoid hazardous waves and currents or other harmful conditions. Alcohol is also a major cause of water-related incidents. Among adolescents and adults, alcohol use is involved in up to 70 percent of deaths associated with water recreation, according to the CDC. Drinking alcohol causes a lack of coordination, disturbance of the inner ear, impaired reaction time and impaired judgment, which can cause someone to become injured or drown while swimming. Please be safe when out swimming. Never swim alone, drink while swimming, and pay attention to the flag conditions. #safety
Way to go, Security Forces! Sen. Joe San Augustin from the 35th Guam Legislature presented Airmen from the 36th Security Forces Squadron with a legislative resolution and certificates of appreciation, recognizing their volunteer efforts throughout the island community, Jan.16 at Tarague Beach. #TeamAndersen #OneGuam #Community #GoodNeighbors The Office of Senator Joe S. San Agustin Joint Region Marianas U.S. Pacific Air Forces The Guam Legislature
Showing love to Guam and promoting #environmental stewardship with #partners! Airmen from the 506th Expeditionary Air Refueling Squadron and 190th Air Refueling Wing - Kansas Air National Guard partnered with Sailors from Commander, Submarine Squadron Fifteen and members of Love Guam for a roadside cleanup Jan. 11 in Yigo. #OneGuam #GreenGuam #GoodNeighbors #Community #TeamAndersen #TeamAndersenTBT Joint Region Marianas U.S. Pacific Air Forces Yigo Mayor's Office
The "First Lady" of Andersen Air Force Base has retired. Please join Team Andersen in giving our thanks and well wishes to Mrs. Joyce Martratt after her more than 54 years of service to the U.S. Air Force. Mrs. Joyce has been guiding and assisting the leadership of AAFB as an invaluable secretary since the height of the Vietnam war. Serving with 27 general officers during her tenure, she has been essential in the continued success of Andersen, and by extension the security and safety of the indo-pacific region. Thank you for all that you have done for all of us in Team Andersen and may you have a blessed retirement. Si Yu'us ma'åse' Mrs. Joyce U.S. Pacific Air Forces U.S. Indo-Pacific Command #retirement