NAVAL AIR STATION WHIDBEY ISLAND, Wash. – The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announced March 15, 2017 that Naval Air Station Whidbey Island was one of three naval installations to win the 2016 CNO Environmental Award for Natural Resources Conservation (Large Installation).
“Congratulations to all our accomplished winners for their impressive achievements in protecting environmental assets while maintaining mission readiness,” said Vice Adm. Philip Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics. “”The Navy commends you for your innovative and tireless efforts to demonstrate environmental stewardship and ensure national security.”
The other two large installations recognized were Naval Air Station Fallon, Nev., and Naval Weapons Station Earle, Colts Neck, N.J. Along with NAS Whidbey Island, all three will now advance to the Secretary of the Navy level of competition.
"NAS Whidbey Island has worked closely with our resource management partners and stakeholders through our Integrated Natural Resources Management Planning process to develop and implement natural resource conservation measures that allows us to effectively manage those resources while meeting our mission-critical military training operation needs,” said Capt. Geoff Moore, NAS Whidbey Island Commanding Officer. “The Navy understands the need to conserve and protect these resources as part of maintaining a sustainable and realistic military training environment."
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 fiscal year 2016 competition, 56 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 chose winners for each of the award categories.