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Release No: 198-97
April 24, 1997

1996 DOD ENVIRONMENTAL SECURITY AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE PRESENTED

The 1996 Environmental Security Awards for excellence and leadership were presented during a Pentagon ceremony today by Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen.

Each year the Secretary of Defense Environmental Security Awards recognize installation and team or individual efforts in six categories -- natural resource conservation, cultural resource management, environmental quality, pollution prevention, recycling and environmental cleanup. A total of 15 awards -- 11 installation and four individual -- were presented.

Our forces today recognize that defense environmental protection is good management, good citizenship, good stewardship and a good way to protect the health and welfare of our forces," said Secretary Cohen in remarks at the ceremony. "Your successes stand out among the countless actions we take to protect the environment as we protect the nation.

The award recipients included:

For Natural Resources Conservation:
LARGE INSTALLATION
Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif.
*Naval Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif.
*Eielson Air Force Base, Alaska
*Fort Carson and Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo.

SMALL INSTALLATION
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md.
*Newport Chemical Depot, Newport, Ind.
*Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii
*Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. INDIVIDUAL
Catherine M. Zielske, Naval Amphibious Base Little Creek, Norfolk, Va. * Karl Dautermann, 410th Base Support Battalion, Bad Kreuznach, Germany
* Charles D. Peterson, Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
* Gerald T. Johnson, Fairchild Air Force Base, Wash. For Cultural Resources Management

INSTALLATION
Fort Carson and Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site, Colo.
*Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.
*Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
*F.E. Warren Air Force Base, Wyo.

INDIVIDUAL
Stephen A. Chomko, Fort Carson, Colorado Springs, Colo.
* Stephen R. Wise, Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, S.C.
* Ronald N. Johnson, South Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Charleston, S.C.
* Gene V. Augustine, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska For Environmental Quality

INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head, Md.
*U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll/Kwajalein Missile Range, Republic of the Marshall Islands
*Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif.
*Tinker Air Force Base, Okla.

NON-INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
Luke Air Force Base, Ariz.
*U.S. Army Transportation Center, Forts Eustis and Story, Va.
*Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
*National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.

INDIVIDUAL
Kenneth P. Stachiw, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.
* Susan Gibson, Marine Corps Air Station Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, Calif.
* Patrick F. Spahn, National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md.
* Daniel A. Stone, Hill Air Force Base, Utah
*Cdr. William R. Arguello, USN, Defense Special Weapons Agency, Albuquerque, N.M.

For Pollution Prevention
INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
Corpus Christi Army Depot, Corpus Christi, Texas
*Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif.
*Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Bremerton, Wash.
*Hill Air Force Base, Utah

NON-INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
Fort Lewis, Wash.
*Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
*Naval Construction Battalion Center, Port Hueneme, Calif.
*Kirtland Air Force Base, N.M.

WEAPONS SYSTEM ACQUISITION TEAM
New Attack Submarine Program, Arlington, Va.
*Bradley Fighting Vehicle System Acquisition Team, Warren, Mich.
*Direct Reporting Program Manager Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle, Woodbridge, Va.
*Aeronautical Systems Center Environmental Integrated Product Team, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio

For Recycling
INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif.
*Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.
*Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Silverdale, Wash.
*Hill Air Force Base, Utah

Non-INDUSTRIAL INSTALLATION
McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
*Fort Hood, Texas
*Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
*Naval Weapons Station Yorktown, Va.

INDIVIDUAL
MSgt. Douglas F. Skitch, USAF, McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
* Abdeslem Houmina, Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.
* Timothy J. Harrington, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.
* Frank Space, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla.

For Environmental Cleanup INSTALLATION
Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif.
*Fort Wainwright, Alaska
*Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C.
*McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
*Defense Distribution Region East, New Cumberland Site, Pa.

(* -- Indicates honorable mention in that category.)

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