By Don Robbins, Editor, Ho’okele and Stefan Alford, Pacific Missile Range Facility Public Affairs
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) and Pacific Missile Range Facility have been named as winners of the 2013 Secretary of the Navy environmental awards.
Joint base earned the 2013 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management-Installation.
“The award focused primarily on various historic preservation program initiatives and archaeological outreach programs over the past two years,” said Char-lene Oka-Wong, registered architect for Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii.
The work included the cultural resources management (CRM) team in JBPHH’s completion of its master planning initiative.
“This honor results from the collective effort of various members of the NAVFAC Hawaii, Navy Region Hawaii (NAVREG Hawaii) environmental quality, cultural resources and natural resources team who worked together with Navy, Air Force and more than 120 other major Department of Defense tenant commands operating within Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH),” said Aaron Poentis, NAVFAC Hawaii environmental director and environmental program director for Navy Region Hawaii.
They created the base cultural resources management installation submission for the 2013 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards, Poentis added.
“I believe the selection of JBPHH by the CNO and also by the Secretary of the Navy for this category is a testament to the efficient networking of our personnel, environmental stewardship commitment, and a number of tools and best practices established,” Poentis said.
They include programmatic agreements, planning documents and design guidelines which have effectively streamlined the preservation process and promoted its further integration into all phases of acquisition and facilities management, Poentis explained.
In order to achieve a balance between mission demands and its stewardship responsibilities, the CRM office focused on successful partnering and work management system processes and the implementation of CRM best practices.
Among its accomplishments, JBPHH and the CRM office received 10 preservation honor awards for work completed between 2012 and 2013 from Historic Hawaii Foundation in recognition of its valuable and consistent stewardship of JBPHH’s historic assets.
Projects recognized include the Pearl Harbor wayside exhibits, a Lualualei radio transmitting facility video documentary, a comprehensive study of strafing and bomb damage inflicted on building 1102 during the Dec. 7, 1941 attack, and a Wake Island historic landscapes survey.
The installation and CRM was also recognized for its cultural resources program initiatives, including the historic assets management process and wooden structures repair manual and training.
Rehabilitation and new construction projects recognized with local preservation honor awards included significant stabilization of the Ford Island Control Tower, rehabilitation of the art deco Hickam entry gates, preservation of historic Hickam homes, and construction of the new MILCON P-307 Production Support Services Facility in the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard.
Hickam Fitness Center renovations and alterations also earned a 2012 Building Industry Association Renaissance Award.
In addition, the CRM office actively supports Commander, Navy Installations Command and the JBPHH Energy Team on energy conservation and alternative energy initiatives.
Community outreach and building partnerships are also priorities. For example, a significant component of the CRM office’s support to JBPHH is the sustainment of its relationship with its partners, both within and outside of the installation. Key successes include partnerships with the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard that have advanced the construction of two projects under its facilities modernization plan.
The installation also works with Native Hawaiian groups on the JBPHH makahiki. Known as a Hawaiian Thanksgiving, the makahiki provides an annual opportunity for military families to appreciate and learn more about the culture and history of Hawaii. The event, which takes place at the JBPHH installation’s Hickam Harbor beach, symbolizes JBPHH’s history of its partnership with Native Hawaiian groups.
The Pacific Missile Range Facility was recently selected as the winner of the Secretary of the Navy’s Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation in the small installation category for 2013.
It is the second time in three years that PMRF has garnered the SECNAV honor for its emphasis on environmental programs, having been previously recognized in 2011.
For the most recent award, the small team of two contracted range complex sustainment coordinators, two U.S. Department of Agriculture wildlife services technicians, and a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii Natural Resources biologist and environmental specialist continued to promote big gains in areas such as protection of nocturnal-fledging seabirds, the laysan albatross (LAAL) surrogate parenting program, the seabird tissue archival and monitoring project (STAMP), and the eradication of long thorn kiawe.
In addition, the award recognizes the base’s new initiatives in cooperative conservation, such as state-of-the-art marine mammal studies, a shoreline survey, wedge-tailed shearwater population assessments, and restoration of Hawaiian intertidal shores.
“Forging successful relationships through cooperative conservation with organizations and programs outside the installation boundary are necessary for successful stewardship,” said John Burger, PMRF range complex sustainment coordinator.
Burger was recognized in March by the National Military Fish and Wildlife Association (NMFWA) for his work with avian conservation programs with the NMFWA’s Natural Resource Conservation Management Award for Model Programs/Projects.
Community outreach integrates natural resource stewardship with federal and state agencies, the local community college, local conservation organizations, the public and Native Hawaiians, explained Burger.
“This award was a complete team effort,” added Burger.