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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 404-04
May 03, 2004

Secretary of Defense Announces Environmental Award Winners

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld today announced the winners of the 2003 Secretary of Defense Annual Environmental Awards. The winners and categories for which they are recognized are:

Columbus Air Force Base, Miss.

Natural Resources Conservation Small Installations

Gregory Lee, 347th Civil Engineering Squadron, Moody Air Force Base, Ga.

Natural Resources Conservation - Individual Team

Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

Cultural Resources Management - Installation

U.S. Naval Support Activity Bahrain

Environmental Quality - Non-Industrial Installation

Lt. Col. Ronald Swafford, Hawaii Army National Guard, Fort Ruger, Hawaii

Environmental Quality - Individual/Team

Robins Air Force Base, Ga.

Pollution Prevention - Industrial Installation

Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

Environmental Restoration - Installation

45th Space Wing, Patrick Air Force Base, Fla.

Environmental Restoration - Individual/Team

Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition Team

Recognizing excellence in environmental management is a crucial element in Department of Defense efforts to support the twin imperatives of producing the best-trained military force in the world while providing the best environmental stewardship possible. Each year, the secretary of defense honors installations, teams and individuals for outstanding environmental management by military and civilian personnel, at both domestic and overseas bases, to sustain military readiness, and training and operational capabilities.

Environmental awards are given for six categories: natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, environmental quality, pollution prevention, environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition and environmental restoration. The environmental programs for these categories support the U.S. military mission, protect our national heritage and promote quality of life.

This years Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 5, at 3 p.m. EDT in the Pentagon Center Courtyard. The ceremony is open for media coverage. The point of contact is Glenn Flood, (703) 695-6294.

Additional information on the environmental awards is available athttps://www.denix.osd.mil .

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