Installations, Defense Groups Honored for Environmental Achievements
By Donna Miles
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, May 4, 2006 Protecting the environment and ensuring a highly trained military force don't have to be contradictory goals, as proven by winners of the 2005 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, a top defense official said during the awards ceremony yesterday.
Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Kenneth Krieg called winners of the prestigious awards role models, as the Defense Department strives to not just meet, but also exceed, environmental laws.
"As the steward of more than 30 million acres of land, the department has a fundamental responsibility to protect and preserve the natural resources entrusted to our care for current and future generations," he said. "We are also responsible for maintaining adequate resources to house and train our forces as they work to secure and defend our nation."
As DoD's environment program has grown, its leadership has come to understand that the two responsibilities can be compatible, when properly managed, he said.
"We have transformed our business practices, refined our priorities and redefined performance to reach beyond mere compliance," Krieg said. "Our goal is to restore the land, prevent pollution and reduce waste for a sustainable future."
Krieg paid tribute to installations and teams that "have demonstrated leadership and outstanding achievement in meeting these objectives."
He praised the stewardship they showed by exceeding targets for reducing pollution and consumption of energy and natural resources, and developing and putting into practice technologies that reduce and eliminate waste.
Krieg also pointed to the winners' cooperation with community, state and local governments and agencies to conserve and protect natural and cultural resources and their promotion of "green" alternatives in weapon-system development and acquisition.
In addition, the environmental winners have put into practice environmental management systems that lay a foundation to "integrate environmental accountability into day-to-day decision making and planning for continual improvement," Krieg said.
The environmental awards winners honored yesterday were:
- Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake, Calif., in the Installation Cultural Resources Management category;
- Fort Campbell, Ky., in the Nonindustrial Installation Environmental Quality category;
- Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, in the Team Environmental Quality category;
- Fort Lewis, Wash., in the Installation Environmental Restoration category;
- Pyramid Lake Torpedo and Bombing Range Remediation Project Team, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento (Calif.) District, in the Team Environmental Restoration category;
- Marine Corps Base Hawaii, in the Small Installation Natural Resources Conservation category;
- Camp Ripley, Minn., in the Team Natural Resources Conservation category;
- Tinker Air Force Base (Okla.) Pollution Prevention Team, in the Installation Pollution Prevention category;
- C-17 Pollution Prevention Integrated Product Team, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in the Team Weapon System Acquisition category; and
- Defense Logistics Agency Environmental Management Systems, in the Team Special Recognition for Environmental Management Systems Implementation category.
The secretary of defense has been recognized installations, teams and individuals for outstanding achievement in environmental management each year since 1962.