In a Pentagon ceremony today, Deputy Secretary of Defense John J. Hamre congratulated the 17 winners of the Defense Environmental Security Awards for their outstanding achievements in natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, environmental quality, pollution prevention, recycling and environmental cleanup. Awards were given to installation personnel who excelled in environmental protection in ways that supported the defense mission and provided savings to the Department of Defense.
Award recipients are listed below by military Service and award category.
Department of the Army
Camp Ripley, Minn., was presented the Natural Resources Conservation, Large Installation Award for managing a 280,000-acre, biologically and ecologically diverse land area through an innovative Natural Resources Conservation Program. Many of Camp Ripley's environmental monitoring and research programs were done in partnership with state agencies and national conservation organizations and resulted in the preservation of many of Minnesota's wildlife species. Camp Ripley maintained strong community outreach and education programs, such as a "shadow" program that allowed students to receive valuable training by working with environmental staff on special projects. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Marine Corps Base, Pendleton, Calif.; Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.; and Eglin Air Force Base, Fla.
U.S. Army Garrison Fort Belvoir, Va., earned the Natural Resources Conservation, Small Installation Award for its successful integration of mission requirements for land development with natural resources conservation. The garrison established a forestland corridor to protect various wildlife species. The garrison also cultivated strong partnerships with local and regional natural resource managers in support of the Chesapeake Bay Program and regional environmental stewardship. The installation's wetlands conservation and stream restoration programs served as a model for the surrounding community and other military installations in the area. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Marine Corps Base Hawaii; Naval Air Station Oceana, Va.; and Little Rock AFB, Ark.
Department of the Navy
Indian Head Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Md., was presented the Environmental Quality, Industrial Installation Award for overall program excellence in managing a variety of environmental quality programs in support of a 100-year-old facility that included public outreach, cooperation, training and research. They eliminated wastewater permit violations and reduced power plant water use by 5.5 million gallons per year. They recycled half their solid waste--which led to a $300,000 savings in landfill tipping fees--and reduced use of volatile organic compounds by 95 percent. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Va.; Marine Corps Logistics Base, Barstow, Calif.; and Vandenberg AFB, Calif.
Naval Air Engineering Station Lakehurst, N.J., was presented the Environmental Cleanup, Installation Award for its successful effort to clean up the installation, resulting in getting itself taken off the Environmental Protection Agency's National Priorities List (NPL). In 1987 there were 45 sites on the installation listed for cleanup. By last year, all sites had a "record of decision," and of the 11 sites requiring action, all have a remedy in place. By September 1999, the EPA will "de-list" the station from the NPL. The station's progress is due to the implementation of many innovative technologies, including asphalt recycling for soil, solar-powered systems, and natural attenuation of contaminated ground water. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, Minn.; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.; and Malmstrom AFB, Mont.
Lynn E. Andrews, Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ind., was presented the Natural Resources Conservation, Individual/Team Award for developing a plan to preserve an endangered species of bat at his installation. The successful program was but one example of his resource management skills that allowed more than 6,000 hunters and fishermen to enjoy the facility's resources with no adverse impact on the installation's mission effectiveness. Honorable mentions for this award were given to the Environmental Management Office, Missouri Army National Guard; Paul Otis-Diehl, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.; and Robert Hoffman, MacDill AFB, Fla.
Paul Bailey, Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas, was presented the Recycling, Individual/Team Award for his many efforts to develop an effective and efficient recycling program for his installation. The continuing expansion of the base brought massive construction projects and other activities, such as purging old materials from closed activities, generating millions of pounds of waste. Over several years, Bailey developed a program that was able to divert and recycle waste to meet the Department of Defense's new solid waste measure of merit eight years ahead of schedule. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Douglas Schonberner, Fort Riley, Kansas; Charles Bradshaw, Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and The Recycle Team, U.S. Air Force Academy, Colo.
Patricia Kelly, Naval Submarine Base Bangor, Wash., was presented the Environmental Cleanup, Individual/Team Award for her efforts in spearheading the base's cleanup programs, to include testing innovative technologies to lower cleanup costs, increasing community interest and participation in decision-making, and completing cleanup actions for anticipated long-term
use. Honorable mentions for this award were given to the Fort Wainwright Environmental Cleanup Team, Alaska; Tracy Sahagun, Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, Calif.; and Edwin Worth, Patrick AFB, Fla.
U.S. Marine Corps
Marine Corps Base Hawaii was presented the Pollution Prevention, Non-Industrial Installation Award for applying pollution prevention principles that led to labor reduction, cost avoidance and reduced liability. The base's Hazardous Materials Consolidation Program saved $250,000 in the first year. The base's program demonstrated that environmental stewardship and combat readiness can go hand-in-hand. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.; Naval Construction Battalion Center Port Hueneme, Calif.; and Anderson AFB, Guam.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C., was presented the Recycling, Non-Industrial Installation Award for saving $3.5 million due to recycling achievements in 1997 and 1998. The base reduced solid waste sent to the landfill by 55 percent and achieved a 600 percent increase in recycled solid waste. Camp Lejeune exceeded the Department of Defense measure of merit calling for a 50 percent reduction in solid waste landfills, four years ahead of schedule. Honorable mentions for this award were given to the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson, S.C.; Naval Submarine Base, Bangor, Wash.; Peterson AFB, Colo.; the Defense Logistics Agency's Defense Distribution Depot, Susquehanna, Pa.; and the National Security Agency, Md.
The Advanced Amphibious Assault Vehicle Team, Woodbridge, Va., was presented the Pollution Prevention, Weapon System Acquisition Team Award for its outstanding work in applying the latest acquisition reform initiatives and incorporating environmental awareness and pollution prevention from the earliest stages of development. The team has already earned many other environmental awards including the Environmental Protection Agency's award of Stratospheric Ozone Protection in 1996 and 1998, and the Defense Department's Citation of Meritorious Achievement for Outstanding Accomplishments in Pollution Prevention in 1996 and 1997. Honorable mentions for this award were given to the U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command, Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; the T-45 Training System Team, Patuxent River, Md.; the Acquisition Pollution Prevention Team, Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio; and the Raytheon-Joint Group on Pollution Prevention Team, Defense Logistics Agency, Va.
Department of the Air Force
Vandenberg AFB, Calif., was presented the Cultural Resources Management, Installation Award for establishing a relationship with the Chumash Indians, cultivating respect for their traditional grounds, and allowing them access for hunting, fishing, plant collecting and sacred ceremonial activities. They also developed a geographical information system to alert base planners about structures with historic, Cold War or archaeological significance. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Fort McCoy, Wis.; Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.; and Naval Air Station Patuxent River, Md.
Luke AFB, Ariz., was presented the Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation Award for overall program excellence in managing a variety of environmental quality issues. They implemented a Native American consultation program to coordinate with 21 tribes in Arizona, California and New Mexico with ancestral ties to the lands within the Barry M. Goldwater (BMG) Range. They also reduced water use at base family housing by 37 percent and reduced hazardous waste by 50 percent. Luke's asbestos program received zero discrepancies during a recent inspection, and the base reached "No Further Action" decisions on 43 Installation Restoration Program sites on the BMG Range--keeping them on track to be the first Air Force base removed from the National Priorities List. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Fort Bliss, Texas; Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, N.C; and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga.
Robins AFB, Ga., was presented the Pollution Prevention, Industrial Installation Award for their effort to reduce the amount of hazardous waste, toxic chemical releases and solid waste going to disposal. Their hazardous material exchange saved $243,000 in 1997, avoiding disposal of 20,000 pounds of unused materials. They assessed solid waste streams base-wide to identify opportunities for recycling, and enhanced pollution prevention awareness through an Earth Day Environmental Awareness Fair. They also established numerous integrated product teams. Additionally, they created a partnership with the State of Georgia Pollution Prevention Assistance Division. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.; Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, N.C.; and Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard & Intermediate Maintenance Facility, Hawaii.
Hill AFB, Utah was presented the Recycling, Industrial Installation Award for its efforts to recycle 7,200 tons of solid waste, which generated annual savings of $1.1 million in landfill costs and $338,000 in revenue for the base. The base aggressively followed through on numerous initiatives to reycle solid wastes, hazardous compounds, cleaning chemicals, halon and other materials. The state of Utah praised the base for their waste wood recycling program that diverted 1,157 tons from the public landfills and into restoration programs on the base. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa., and Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center, Ind.
Janet E. Ferguson, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, was presented the Cultural Resources Management, Individual/Team Award for her efforts to preserve many significant historical facilities at her installation. She revised and updated one of DoD's largest cultural resource management plans and prepared a cultural landscape report for historic Wright Field. She managed the Huffman Prairie Flying Field and managed the rehabilitation of the Wright Brothers Memorial. She is now planning the Celebration of a Century of Flight program for 2003 to bring worldwide attention to the historical significance of Dayton, Ohio and Wright-Patterson AFB. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Laurie J. Lucking, U.S. Army Garrison, Hawaii; and C. Cliff Creger, Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev.
Capt. Thoedore B. Bloomer, Anderson AFB, Guam, was presented the Environmental Quality, Individual/Team Award for managing a $6 million program to remove 44 underground storage tanks two years ahead of the Environmental Protection Agency deadline. He sold hundreds of tons of metal from the tanks as scrap, resulting in 100 percent reuse.
He initiated a recycling contract and curbside housing pickup that exceeded the base's solid waste reduction goals and extended the installation's landfill life 15 years. Bloomer was a force behind a Guam-wide public outreach program, creating the "Wizard of Waste" mascot and creating amnesty drop off points for proper disposal of hazardous waste. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Col. Frank Intini, Army Aviation Support Facility #1, Ronkonkoma, N.Y.; James W. Clark, Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island, S.C.; and Arno Bernado, Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
Donald K. Gronstal, McClellan AFB, Calif., was presented the Pollution Prevention, Individual/Team Award for his outstanding efforts in support of his installation's pollution prevention programs. He reduced 1,000 hazardous waste streams to 460 and eliminated 355 hazardous waste discharge points--saving 1,500 man-hours annually. Through a series of initiatives to reduce and control hazardous waste streams, he was able to save the base more than $2 million. Honorable mentions for this award were given to Christine Gettys Hull, Fort Polk, La.; Carl Hallman, Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.; and William Boucher, Puget Sound Naval Shipyard, Wash.