No one realizes this more than Christine Hull, chief of Operations and Maintenance Division, Directorate of Public Works. Hull recently won the 2013 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for exceptional service and Installation Management Command 2012 Operations and Maintenance Executive of the year. This is a Department of Energylevel, Environmental Protection Agency award for the combined heat and power plant that provides power and peak shaving capability to the installation.
Hull was also awarded a Federal Energy Management Program award for the combined emergency services at Linden Oaks which promotes energy efficiency and the use of renewable energy resources at federal sites, helping agencies save energy, taxpayer dollars and demonstrate leadership with responsible, cleaner energy choices.
Hull leads an energy program recognized as one of the Army’s best as evidenced by multiple awards to her and members of her staff throughout the years.
“This award is more
recognition for Fort Bragg’s energy program,” said Hull who is married to a retired Army veteran.
Hull started in her current profession after she earned her PhD in environmental toxicology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. A 16-year veteran on the DPW team, Hull began her career at Fort Benning, Ga. as the Hazardous Waste Program manager.
She now oversees an installation that generates an annual energy bill of more than $43 million, all while managing a team that processes 400 to 500 maintenance orders daily.
“When you work for the Army and DPW, everyday is different and challenging and that is the best part of this job, it never gets boring,” said Hull.
Hull was nominated for these prestigious awards through the FEMP, whose goal is to work with key individuals to accomplish
energy change within
organizations. Some of the changes are accomplished by bringing expertise from all levels of project and policy implementation
to enable federal agencies
to meet energy-related goals and to provide energy leadership to the country.
According to the agencies website mission statement, “The federal government, as the nation’s largest energy consumer, has a tremendous opportunity and clear responsibility to lead by example. FEMP is central to
this responsibility, guiding agencies to use funding more effectively in meeting federal and agency-specific energy management objectives.”
Hull’s accomplishments while serving the Fort Bragg community
are numerous and include: developing regional solutions for conserving and sharing resources, ensuring redundancies in both water and electrical commodities as well as developing web-based applications to manage and optimize work scheduling.
The key to a large portion of Hull and the DPW team’s successes are the development of a comprehensive program. Known as STORM, the program sustains facilities by developing projects to include energy efficiency technologies; trains occupants in energy conservation practices; operates facilities at peak efficiency; renews facilities through retro-commissioning and targets renewable energy technology; and measures and reports energy consumption through mock-billing programs.
With furloughs affecting every Department of Defense civilian on post, DPW employees are no exception.
“Our guys are working as
Directorate of Public Works
hard as they can to make mission,” said Hull. “We are the required provider. In reality, we are not necessarily resourced to meet the customer expectations, we have significant challenges and opportunities that we tackle every day.”
With these factors in place, the acknowledgement and recognition that these awards
bring makes it even more rewarding.
Christine Hull said she finds her job as the chief of Operations and Maintenance Division with a staff of more than 250 to be very fulfilling and highly challenging, almost comparable to her other tremendous joys in life — being mother to Ryan, 18, Daniel, 15, and 10-year-old Shelby.