JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Deputy Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) for Fleet Readiness and
Logistics (N4), Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, announced 30 winners of the fiscal year 2016 CNO
Environmental Awards competition in a naval message released March 15. Three North
Florida installations were recognized.
The three installations named winners include NAS Jacksonville, one of three worldwide
installations receiving the Environmental Quality, Industrial award; NAS Whiting Field,
one of three installations awarded the Sustainability, Non-Industrial award and finally
NAS Pensacola that received both the Cultural Resources Management, Small
Installation and the Cultural Resources Management, Individual/Team awards (Carrie
The CNO Environmental Awards honor exceptional achievements in environmental
stewardship among nominated ships, installations, and individuals on an annual basis.
NAS Jacksonville Executive Officer Capt. Michael Connor said that he and NAS
Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Sean Haley are extremely proud of this special
recognition earned by the base environmental team.
“Our Public Works Environmental Division implements wide-ranging programs to ensure
environmental compliance with local, state and federal regulations, as well as sustaining
natural and cultural resources,” said Connor. “Our environmental professionals are unsung
heroes – quietly working in the background day in and day out to ensure strong
environmental initiatives and outreach. Overall, the NAS Jacksonville environmental team
enhances our mission to sustain warfighter readiness.”
“It is vital that we be good stewards of the land we work on, the air we breathe, and the
waters of the St Johns River that is home to numerous species and used by thousands of
people for work and recreation,” continued Conner. “Rain or shine, our environmental
professionals are out in the field checking fuel tanks, tracking hazardous waste, evaluating
air emissions, protecting wildlife that live on the station, responding to spills, and performing
many more tasks too numerous to name.”
NAS Jacksonville Environmental Program Director Mike Pattison was quick to credit this
achievement the dedication and hard work of the entire NAS Jacksonville environmental
team, as well as the support provided by base leadership and other departments and
tenants throughout the base.
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“Our folks are tremendously proud of our base and the work that we do to help maintain
environmental compliance and conserve our natural resources,” said Pattison.
NAS Whiting Field Public Works Officer Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gleason praised his environmental
“This is a great recognition for the environmental staff at NAS Whiting Field,” said Gleason.
“They pour their heart out each day to improve the environmental posture of the installation
through tenant partnership and training, compliance oversight, project design input and a
myriad of other functions. I couldn't be prouder of them and I know that this award was wellearned.”
NAS Pensacola earned two awards, a team award and an individual award for Cultural
“This is a tremendous honor being selected for these Cultural Resource awards,” said NAS
Pensacola Public Works Officer Cmdr. Brent Paul. “NAS Pensacola has a history dating
back to the Spanish occupation of 1559, to the beginning of the Navy Yard in 1825, Fort
Barrancas and the Civil War, and the Naval Air Station in 1914. Carrie Williams is an
exceptional steward of our history and for protecting those resources for generations.”
Vice Adm. Cullom lauded the honorees in his message announcing the winners.
“Congratulations to all our accomplished winners for their impressive achievements in
protecting environmental assets while maintaining mission readiness. The Navy commends
you for your innovative and tireless efforts to demonstrate environmental stewardship and
ensure national security. Bravo Zulu!”
In the next tier of competition, the 30 winners will compete along with Marine Corps
nominees for the Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards and then the Department of
Defense level of the environmental awards program.
For more information on the CNO Environmental Awards program, visit