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#IAMIMSC: Michael Zapata

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#IAMIMSC: Michael Zapata
 
Duty title and unit: Energy Program Development Division chief, Air Force Civil Engineer Center Detachment 1, Tyndall AFB, Florida
 
Primary duty responsibilities: I am responsible for overseeing energy sustainment funded programs across all Air Force and Space Force installations. These programs include the energy resilience and conservation improvement program, utility energy service contracts and energy savings performance contracts.
 
What’s the best part of your job?
Getting to work with a great professional team and providing cutting-edge technologies for energy resilience, conservation and low carbon energy sources for our installations.
 
Why are you and your job important to the Air Force and AFMC?
The increased focus on climate change, extreme weather and the technological advances of our adversaries have increased our need for mission assurance that can be achieved through energy assurance.
 
What’s a recent project that gave you a great sense of accomplishment?
I just started as the division chief. The team here recently won the Department of Energy 2020 Federal Energy and Water Management Award for all of the federal government. I’m very proud of them.
 
Which AFIMSC priority do you most identify with – or see yourself and your job fitting into – and why?
I identify most with Line of Effort 3: Pursue Organizational Excellence. As the demand for low-carbon energy and energy resilience increases, the greater the need for innovative and streamlined efforts to meet that demand.
 
Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I enjoy swimming, cycling and running in short distance triathlons. I also enjoy reading business management books and biographies. I have been a member of the Air Force Cycling Team since 2015. I also serve as vice chair for the Society of American Military Engineers’ Facility Asset Management Community of Interest.