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Release No: 542-02
October 22, 2002

NAVY TO PRESENT ENERGY CONSERVATION AWARDS

Twenty-one Navy and Marine Corps energy teams and an individual energy manager have been recognized through the worldwide Department of Energy's Federal Energy and Water Management Program (FEMP) Awards and the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy Awards for fiscal Year 2001. One of the awardees, the Navy's Shipboard Energy Conservation Team, has also been named a winner of a prestigious Presidential Award.

The Navy and Marine Corps winners represent Department of the Navy (DON) activities, units and bases worldwide. Their combined conservation efforts have saved the department more than a half-billion dollars by reducing energy use more than 26 percent since 1985.

Secretary of the Navy Gordon England applauded the work of the energy teams, noting the link between their performance and the fight against terrorism. "Despite the attacks of those who would threaten us, Americans have pulled together. Those who have led the naval services in energy conservation program have provided a powerful symbol of this unity and determination," England said. "In a time of war, our men and women have not set energy concerns aside. Instead, they've focused on the future, saved resources and made the Navy and Marine Corps stronger."

The awards will be presented this week in Washington, D.C. The SECNAV Energy Awards were presented Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002, at the U.S. Navy Memorial. The FEMP Awards will be presented Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2002, at the Wyndham Hotel at noon. The Presidential Awards are to be presented in a private ceremony Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002.

The fiscal 2001 DON Energy Conservation Winners are:

Presidential Award

Navy Shipboard Energy Conservation Team

SECNAV Awards:

Industrial Activity - Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va.

Large Ship Category - USS Kearsarge

Small Ship Category - USS Cowpens

Squadron Category - Fleet Logistics Support Squadron, San Diego, Calif.

Large Shore Activity, Marine - Marine Corps Base Camp Butler, Okinawa, Japan

Small Shore Activity, Marine - Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.

Large Shore Activity, Navy - Naval Base San Diego, San Diego, Calif.

Small Shore Activity, Navy - Naval Station, Everett, Wash.

FEMP Awards:

Exceptional Service Award to an Individual: Lt. Cmdr. Wade B. Wilhelm, Public Works Center, San Diego, Calif.

Mobility Energy Efficiency Awards: USS Kearsarge and USS Blue Ridge;

Alternative Financing Awards: Marine Corps Air Station, Beaufort, S.C.; Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.; Marine Corps Base, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Marine Corps Base Camp

Pendleton, Calif.; and Marine Corps Base, Hawaii, Kaneoho Bay

Energy Effciency/Energy Management Award: Naval Support Activity, Portsmouth, N.H.

Effective Program Implementation and Management Award: Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba; and Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Norfolk, Va.

Water Management Award: US Naval Activity, United Kingdom

For more information on the Navy and Marine Corps Energy Conservation Program, visit https://energy.navy.mil/awareness/welcome.html.