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March 10, 2003

Missouri Army Base Dedicates E85 Tank

Jefferson City, MO – Ft. Leonard Wood Army Base in central Missouri dedicated its E85 and B20 tank on March 4, 2003. This installation marks the first Army base to carry two types of alternative fuels.

Speakers at the event included: Colonel Joel Himsl, Garrison Commander, Major General Robert L. Van Antwerp, Commanding General, and Mike Mills, representing Missouri Senator Kit Bond. A ribbon cutting concluded the event and then began the fueling of the vehicles!

“Where better to prove the use of renewable fuels by our military than at Ft. Leonard Wood, in the Midwest, the backyard of our soybean and corn producers," said Senator Kit Bond in commenting on the ceremony. "Our Army leaders have the same concerns about energy supplies and the environment as all Americans do. I commend the commanders here at Ft. Leonard Wood for their leadership."

The team of Patsy Ray of the Transportation Division and Motor Officer Joan Houser began the project in 2001 with expectations to comply with executive Order 13149 which requires the federal government to decrease their petroleum use by 20% by the year 2005.

“I personally have been a strong believer in environmental issues,” said Houser. The 10,000 gallon E85 tank will fuel the current 42 E85 FFVs at the base. This number is expected to grow by 75-80 in the next few months.

“I applaud and congratulate the Department of the Army for this very significant step in bringing alternative fuels into the mainstream of this extremely large and important military base,” stated Gary Marshall, President of the MO Corn Growers Association and immediate past Chairman of the NEVC. “Ethanol production in Missouri currently exceeds 45 million gallons per year with a number of other plants being considered. To be able to use this homegrown fuel in our own state certainly advances the potential for further growth in ethanol supply.”

Phil Lampert, Executive Director of the NEVC stated, “Senator Bond has been a strong leader and friend to agriculture and has long supported the use of ethanol as a source of domestic transportation fuel. With Senator Bond’s continued support, we expect that ethanol will be a key in reducing the nation’s dependence on imported petroleum.”

The Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy will be assisted by the NEVC to establish an estimated fifteen more E85 fueling sites at other military bases in 2003.



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