Since 1995, the Army Regional Environmental and Energy Offices (REEOs) have represented the interests of the Army and the Department of Defense with state legislatures and regulatory agencies. The REEOs serve as key links to the states, engaging in environmental and energy initiatives that may affect military training, testing and readiness.
There are four Army Regional Environmental and Energy Offices, which represent the 10 U.S. EPA Regions:
Each office is led by a REEO Director, who serves as the DoD Regional Environmental Coordinator (REC) for the region. The program was originally managed by the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment) and the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army (Environment, Safety & Occupational Health, but in 2014, responsibility was transferred to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for program oversight and execution.
The U.S. military is responsible for protecting the American people and U.S. interests around the world. To maintain the country’s premier military edge, our service men and women must be given the best and most realistic training to meet the challenges of combat. Training restrictions have a detrimental impact on the military’s ability to “train as we fight” which can lead to the inadequate preparation of our military forces.
Working collaboratively with state and local governments and regulatory agencies, the military can protect military training capabilities while conserving important natural resources. The REEOs provide a single voice in response to state legislation or regulations of concerns to the military and in support of the development of regional, state, and local legislation, regulations, policies, and other issues.