By Tom Clements, Navy Region Hawaii Public Affairs
Hawaii-based commands were well represented in this week’s announcement from the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Awards program.
Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam won in the category of Natural Resources, Large Installation; Pacific Missile Range Facility, Barking Sands Kauai for Cultural Resources Management, Small Installation; Jeff Pantaleo of Joint Base (NAVFAC HI) for Cultural Resources Management, Individual or Team, and the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing Environmental Impact Statement Team, Pearl Harbor, for Environmental Planning, Team.
All CNO winners will advance to the Secretary of the Navy level of competition.
“I’m very pleased to see recognition of the commitment from our Navy ohana here in preserving and protecting the resources that are so important in this special place where we live and work,” said Rear Adm. Rick Williams, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. “I expect good news in the coming announcement from the next level of competition.”
The CNO Environmental Awards program recognizes Navy ships, installations, individuals and teams for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions to improving the environmental performance of our Navy.
For the fiscal year 2014 competition, 53 nominations from commands around the world were received in 10 award categories. Environmental subject matter experts and representatives from Navy and non-government organizations reviewed the nominations and selected winners for each of the award categories.