Fmr. LT Andrea Marr


“Shortly after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy in 2005, I deployed to the Persian Gulf as a young officer responsible for ordnance and weapons.  During our deployment, my ship was charged with oil platform security; we patrolled the area and made sure that oil tankers transited safely to and from the platforms.

At the time, I was shocked by the amount of resources that the U.S. military was devoting to the safe passage of oil. What’s more, the irony of the situation dawned on me after a routine ship refuel. Refueling at sea is a dangerous and time consuming exercise, and the fact that we were refueling so we could further protect the source of that same fuel just didn’t seem to make much sense to me.

Today, I am a professional engineer dedicated to developing smart energy solutions that allow our homes and businesses to be less dependent on the aging electric grid.  We have to find ways to be less dependent on fossil fuel as a society, for the climate and for our national security.

I joined Operation Free to give a voice to and find solutions for the soldiers, sailors and marines abroad tasked with difficult jobs in dangerous countries. I know there are more efficient, cleaner, and safer ways to get the job done; we need to find them to be as successful in the 21st century as we were in the 20th.”

Views expressed are her own.

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