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July 05, 2013

Re "At one Army base, a new shade of green," July 1

Maj. Gen. Dana J. H. Pittard's efforts to bring Ft. Bliss into the 21st century by reducing the Army base's need for oil is commendable. By adopting common-sense recycling programs, dropping the use of drinking water on the base's golf course and bringing more solar projects online, he's a great model for how to bring personal values to an organization.

But what was jaw-dropping was the statement by Richard G. Kidd IV, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for energy and sustainability. He said: "Changing organization behavior is hard work."

Am I missing something? Why try to change an organization's "behavior"? This is the Army — order it, and make them follow through.

Pat Conwell

La Mesa


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