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NEWS | Nov. 19, 2021

Feedback Fridays

By Brig. Gen. Caroline M. Miller 502d Air Base Wing Commander

Feedback Fridays is a weekly forum that aims to connect the 502d Air Base Wing with members of the Joint Base San Antonio community. Questions are collected during commander’s calls, town hall meetings and throughout the week.

If you have a question or concern, please send an email to jbsapublicaffairs@gmail.com using the subject line “Feedback Fridays.” Questions will be further researched and published as information becomes available.

Q: My question concerns plans at each installation to install electric vehicle, or EV, charging stations for public use at all JBSA bases.

Although small, the use of EVs among retirees and employees is ever-growing and we respectfully request infrastructure expansion. All government buildings should have a number of EV charging stations proportionate to the number of employees working within. The Exchanges, commissaries, theaters, golf courses, and other services could offer EV charging stations.

Not only is this a morale boost, but for businesses, it attracts additional customers. The cost can be offset by the lesser number of loud polluting vehicles, which our dedicated Security Forces will not miss, to zero-emission and near-silent vehicles.

I still drive my 2011 EV and am still waiting for a place to plug in on base. Will JBSA installations lead the way? 

A: Thank you for the feedback. Our team at CE is committed to providing a resilient and energy-efficient installation and culture. 

Typically, energy initiatives such as charging stations are installed during the new construction of facilities, or as a commercially-provided contracted pay-for-use service. 

We are supportive of these types of initiatives, particularly when they target community gathering spaces such as the Exchange and commissary.

We will recommend to the Army and Air Force Exchange Service and Defense Commissary Agency to consider these initiatives as they make capital improvements to their facilities.

Thank you for your commitment to energy efficiency!