Deputy Chief of Naval Operations, Fleet Readiness and Logistics Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, announced 27 winners of the fiscal year 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition in a naval message released April 5.
The CNO Environmental Awards honor exceptional achievements in environmental stewardship among nominated ships, installations and individuals on an annual basis.
Naval Air Station Jack-sonville (NAS Jax) Com-manding Officer Capt. Michael Connor said that it was no surprise that the base environmental team was being recognized a second year in a row.
“The NAS Jax Cultural Resource Program, led by Angela Glass, under the supervision of Environmental Division Head Mike Pattison, provides guidance for identifying, evaluating, nominating and managing archaeological sites and historic properties located on the base,” said Connor.
A total of 37 archaeological sites have been identified, inventoried and evaluated aboard the base. These sites show occupation from the Early Archaic period, 6500 B.C. up to and including, late prehistoric times or 1200 A.D. Seven base facilities have been determined to be individually eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) and five historic districts have been determined eligible for listing in the NRHP. The facilities include the Power Plant (Building 104), Aircraft Parts Storage (Building 109), Maintenance Hangar (Building 117), Aircraft Battery Shop (Building 125), and the two chapels and offices (Buildings 750, 751, 752).
“I really feel that we were given this honor because of the numerous facets in which our program operates, to include a display that was placed at the Museum of Science & History (MOSH) in Jacksonville,” said Glass, who serves as the NAS Jax Environmental Division Natural Resource manager.
In an exhibit placed last year in MOSH, replicas of the historic Hangars 113, 114, and 115 that were demolished in 2015 during the runway repair project, are displayed and include salvaged artifacts from the hangars. The hangars were demolished because they posed problems with vertical obstruction and air traffic control runway visibility as well as no longer being adequate in terms of space requirements.
The following are the award winners:
Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation
• Naval Air Station Key West, Florida
• Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida
• Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands, Hawaii
Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team
• Michael Wright, Naval Air Station Oceana, Virginia Beach,Virginia
• Naval Base Ventura County Natural Resources Team, Point Mugu,California
• Navy Region Southwest Natural Resources Team
Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation
• Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Norfolk, Virginia
• Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida
• Naval Support Activity Bahrain
Environmental Quality, Individual/Team
• Timothy Uplinger, Naval Station Rota, Spain
• Sharon Waligoria, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-FortStory, Norfolk, Virginia
• Navy Region Northwest, Environmental GIS Team
Sustainability, Industrial Installation
• Fleet Readiness Center East, North Carolina
• Naval Base Kitsap, Bremerton, Washington
• Naval Station Everett, Washington
Environmental Restoration, Individual/Team
• Naval Air Station Oceana Environmental Restoration Team, Virginia Beach, Virginia
• Naval Base Coronado Environmental Restoration Team, Coronado, California
• Vieques Environmental Restoration Team, Puerto Rico
Cultural Resources Management, Large Installation
• Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida
• Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Oak Harbor, Washington
Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Large Program
• F/A-18E/F and EA-18G Program Office, PMA-265 Green Hornet Team
• Naval Air Systems Command 4.3.4 Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health Team
Afloat (includes competitive sub-categories)
• Large Deck Combatant - USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77)
• Littoral or Amphibious Warfare USS Champion (MCM 4)
• Military Sealift Command - USS Frank Cable (AS 40)
• Submarine - USS Tennessee (SSBN 734)
• Surface Combatant - USS Decatur (DDG 73)
Smith lauded the honorees in his message announcing the winners.
“Our Navy Sailors and civilians work in diverse ecosystems worldwide while performing our national security mission. I commend the winners of the CNO Environmental Awards program for maintaining mission excellence while protecting the natural environment in which we operate. Congratulations and Bravo Zulu!”
In the next tier of competition, the 27 winners will compete along with Marine Corps nominees for the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards.