SOUTHCOM Donates "Green" Lighting Materials to Joint El Salvadoran Air Force Base
Story Number: NNS100225-22
Release Date: 2/25/2010 9:28:00 PM
From Cooperative Security Location Comalapa Public Affairs
COMALAPA, El Salvador (NNS) -- U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) donated $100,000 worth of lighting materials to the El Salvadoran Air Force 2nd Brigade Jan. 4. The Cooperative Security Location (CSL) Comalapa delivered the materials for SOUTHCOM to promote the U.S. military's "green" energy initiative.
Thirty-eight photovoltaic solar powered lights were given to enhance the base's perimeter lighting and heighten force protection abilities. The lighting is projected to be a joint cost-saving measure benefitting the physical security of both the American and El Salvadoran militaries housed on the Comalapa Air Force base.
U.S. Navy and El Salvadoran Air Force representatives collaborated on the project since mid-summer of 2009. SOUTHCOM's head mechanical engineer Richard Dominguez recommended supplying the photovoltaic system as an energy efficient alternative to traditional electrically powered lighting. The Salvadoran Air Force 2nd Brigade provided the posts and the labor needed to arm the posts with lights.
"We share security and there is vulnerability especially at night. We have already done a security study to see where to position the lights...we've taken measurements and chosen the spots...we are happy with the cooperation and the good relations between the two groups," said Lt. Col. Garcia Renderos, Salvadoran Air Force 2nd Brigade.
The donation of the light system is also another contribution towards strengthening the longtime relationship between the United States and El Salvador. Additional projects between the two militaries are planned in the future.
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