Insignia represents focus on energy, environment
E2O staff seeks to change culture in the Corps today to develop tomorrow’s responsible leaders
Story and photos by Mike Strasser
WEST POINT, N.Y.(Feb. 21, 2013) — Cadets on the Brigade Energy and Environmental staff introduced a new insignia to the Corps on their cadet uniforms.
These cadet energy and environmental officers and noncommissioned officers, or E2Os, are tasked with leading the charge on initiatives related to recycling, energy and water conservation at the academy. The insignia, like the E2O position itself, formally recognizes the emphasis at the academy on sustainable practices.
“The message it sends is that this is something everyone needs to take seriously. We’re playing a larger role and having a large impact on the academy,” Class of 2013 Cadet Andrew Leemans, the Brigade E2O, said.
Maj. Andrew Pfluger, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering instructor, designed the insignia with Brian Meese, a Class of 2012 graduate and the brigade’s first E2O. The process took nearly a year before the rank received approval from the Brigade Tactical Department and the Commandant of Cadets. It has been decades since the last insignia has been approved for a cadet staff position.
The insignia has the chevrons customary to cadet rank. The three rockers below are designed as waves to signify a common physical phenomenon found many places in the environment, such as energy and water.”
Pfluger presented the insignia during an E2O staff meeting Feb. 12. There, the cadets also armed themselves with promotional materials to circulate around the company areas. This included posters and stickers, with the slogan “Less Waste, More Fight,” designed by NORESCO and the U.S. Army Environmental Command, with assistance from Lt. Col. Mark Smith of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
Each company also received 120 decks of playing cards designed and funded by the U.S. Army Environmental Command. Each card features E2O cadet-generated slogans like “Kill the light to win the fight” and “Conserve Water, Sustain Life.” Samantha Bowkley, a representative from NORESCO who was instrumental in providing some of these materials, attended the meeting with Smith and Pfluger.
The messages are clear but the hope is they will become engrained in the Corps.
“The truth is these changes are happening all across the Army,” Leemans said. “We’re trying to develop leaders here that have adapted to these changes so they are prepared when they leave.”
During a recent E2O meeting Maj. Andrew Pfluger, Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, presents the insignia cadets on the Energy and Environmental staff will be wearing on their uniforms for the first time this week.
E2O cadets armed themselves with promotional materials to circulate around the company areas. This included posters and stickers, with the slogan “Less Waste, More Fight,” designed by NORESCO and the U.S. Army Environmental Command, with assistance from Lt. Col. Mark Smith of the Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering.
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