DOD Announces Top Environmental Award Recipients
By Amaani Lyle
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, June 6, 2012 At a Pentagon ceremony today, Defense and Interior Department officials presented this year’s Secretary of Defense Environmental Award to 10 teams and installations for excellence in advancing environmental initiatives.
Dr. Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment; Frank Kendall, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; and David J. Hayes, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior presented the awards in six categories.
The award program, in its 50th year, recognizes recent strides in “green” initiatives that spring from DOD’s $42 billion investment in environmental initiatives over the last decade.
“Your accomplishments are now part of a five-decade legacy of environmental excellence within the Department of Defense,” Robyn said to awardees.
This year’s award recipients include:
-- Scranton Army Ammunition Plant, Pennsylvania, Sustainability, Industrial Installation
-- Fort Hood, Texas, Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation
-- U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, Oahu Army Natural Resource Team, Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team
-- Fort Hood Recycle Team, Texas, Environmental Quality, Individual Team
-- Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Warren, Mich., Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Team
-- Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation
-- Naval Supply Fleet Logistics Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, Environmental Quality, Individual/Team
-- Former Mare Island Naval Shipyard, Calif., Environmental Restoration, Individual/Team
-- 75th Civil Engineer Group, Hill Air Force Base, Utah, Environmental Restoration, Installation
-- 30th Space Wing, Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., Cultural Resources Management, Installation
The Defense Department manages nearly 30 million acres of installations -- homes to old growth forests, tall grass prairies, thermal pool wetlands, archeological sites and numerous ecosystems, Robyn said. The lands also harbor significant natural resources to include 420 endangered species and 523 at-risk species, 75 of them located solely on DOD lands, she added.
“Behind these statistics are the people, many of them unsung heroes, who work every day to preserve our natural heritage in support of the defense mission,” she said. “We protect the environment on our installations not only to preserve irreplaceable resources for the future, but to ensure that we have the land, water and airspace we need for military readiness.”