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Release No: NR-199-14
April 21, 2014

Department of Defense Announces Winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards

The Department of Defense (DoD) has announced the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards. Each year, since 1962, the department has honored individuals, teams, and installations for their outstanding achievements in environmental performance. For more information on the DoD environmental awards program, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Over the past 10 years, DoD has invested approximately $42 billion to ensure the success of its environmental programs. In fiscal 2012, DoD spent approximately $4.1 billion for its environmental programs – $2.0 billion for environmental restoration activities; $1.9 billion for environmental quality activities; and $213.6 million for environmental technology. These investments protect and sustain the environment while strengthening operational capacity, reducing operational costs, and enhancing the well-being of military members, civilians, and their families and communities.


In naming the winners of the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards, Frank Kendall, the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, stated, “Their remarkable achievements exemplify the department’s continued commitment to sustain mission readiness while cost-effectively addressing environmental issues, thereby increasing efficiencies and supporting the quality of life for service members, their families, and local communities.” The nine winners chosen from 33 nominations are:


Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation: Marine Corps Base Hawaii – demonstrated the innovative use of limited funding to protect the environment while accomplishing their mission. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team: Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., Natural Resources Team – offered long-range solutions that ensured regulatory compliance while maximizing the use of land and water ranges to maintain mission readiness. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation: Fort Hood, Texas – led the way in environmental quality innovation and proactive community interaction, partnerships, and training. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Environmental Quality, Individual/Team: Environmental Quality Team, Minnesota National Guard – employed cross-functional expertise in resource protection and conservation, with special attention to informational training and stakeholder involvement. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Sustainability, Industrial Installation: Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach, Calif. – exceeded goals in energy reduction, water conservation, recycling, eliminating hazardous waste, and implementing low impact development projects demonstrating innovative approaches to sustainability in the face of economic challenges. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Environmental Restoration, Installation: Marine Corps Installation East-Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C. – demonstrated cost-effective sustainable efforts to protect human health and the environment in cleaning up contamination from past activities. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Environmental Restoration, Individual/Team: Naval Air Station Cecil Field, Fla. BRAC Cleanup Team – achieved environmental excellence through its quick, innovative, and timely responses to environmental restoration efforts. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Cultural Resources Management, Installation: Fort Wainwright, Alaska – successfully ensured that its lands remain available and in good condition not only to support its mission but also to preserve the cultural history that is inherent to Fort Wainwright's heritage. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition, Large Program Individual/Team: Air Force Life Cycle Management Center F-35 Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Support Team, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio – increased efficiencies in aircraft development, project prioritization, resource access, and other critical mission areas that contribute to their environmental and overall excellence in weapon system acquisition. For more information, please visit: http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/FY13SECDEF.cfm.


For more information about the department’s environmental programs, please visit: www.denix.osd.mil.

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