Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, announced 30 winners of the fiscal year 2016 Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards competition in a naval message released March 15.
The CNO Environmental Awards honor exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship among nominated ships, installations, and individuals on an annual basis. The FY16 winners, listed alphabetically within each category, are listed below.
NAS Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor said that he and NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley are extremely proud of this special recognition earned by the base environmental team.
"Our Public Works Environmental Division implements wide-ranging programs to ensure environmental compliance with local, state and federal regulations, as well as sustaining natural and cultural resources," explained Connor. "Our team also manages the Black Point Interpretive Center near the St. Johns River to educate young students through special programs for endangered and threatened species."
"Our environmental professionals are unsung heroes - quietly working in the background day in and day out to ensure strong environmental initiatives and outreach. Overall, the NAS Jacksonville environmental team enhances our mission to sustain warfighter readiness," said Connor.
Natural Resources Conservation,
â€¢ Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada
â€¢ Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington
â€¢ Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, New Jersey
Environmental Quality, Industrial
â€¢ Fleet Readiness Center Southwest, San Diego
â€¢ Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
â€¢ Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington
Environmental Quality, Overseas
â€¢ Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti
â€¢ Naval Air Facility Atsugi, Japan
â€¢ Naval Station Rota, Spain
â€¢ Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida
â€¢ Naval Hospital Bremerton, Washington
â€¢ Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
- Naval Base Coronado, San Diego
- Naval Base Ventura County Sustainability Team, Point Mugu, California
- NAVSUP Fleet Logistics Center Pearl Harbor
Environmental Restoration, Installation
- Naval Base Point Loma, San Diego
- St. Juliens Creek Annex, Norfolk
Cultural Resources Management,
â€¢ Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan
â€¢ Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
â€¢ Norfolk Naval Shipyard
Cultural Resources Management,
â€¢ Carrie A. Williams of NAS Pensacola, Florida
â€¢ Kerry A. Vautrot of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine
â€¢ Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake Cultural Resource Team, California
â€¢ Ice Exercise (ICEX) 2016 Environmental Planning Team, Norfolk
â€¢ Mariana Islands Training and Testing EIS Team, Pearl Harbor
â€¢ Transit Protection System Port Angeles Environmental Assessment Project Team, Bremerton, Washington
â€¢ Surface Combatant: Guided-missile cruiser USS Monterey (CG 61)
â€¢ Large Deck Combatant: Aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
â€¢ Submarine: Attack submarine USS Virginia (SSN 774)
â€¢ Military Sealift Command: Submarine tender USS Emory S. Land (AS 39)
Connor added to his remarks, "It is vital that we be good stewards of the land we work on, the air we breathe, and the waters of the St Johns River that is home to numerous species and used by thousands of people for work and recreation. The professionals in our Environmental Division do this day in and day out. Rain or shine, they are out in the field checking fuel tanks, tracking hazardous waste, evaluating air emissions, protecting wildlife that live on the station, responding to spills, and performing many more tasks too numerous to name."
Mike Pattison, NAS Jacksonville Environmental Program Director, was quick to credit this latest achievement of the Environmental Division to the dedication and hard work of the entire NAS Jacksonville environmental team, as well as the support provided by base leadership and other departments and tenants throughout the base. "Our folks are tremendously proud of our base and the work that we do to help maintain environmental compliance and conserve our natural resources."
Cullom lauded the honorees in his message announcing the winners.
"Congratulations to all our accomplished winners for their impressive achievements in protecting environmental assets while maintaining mission readiness. The Navy commends you for your innovative and tireless efforts to demonstrate environmental stewardship and ensure national security. Bravo Zulu!"
In the next tier of competition, the 30 winners will compete along with Marine Corps nominees for the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards.