By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Eva-Marie Ramsaran, NAVFAC EURAFSWA Public Affairs
NAPLES, Italy (NNS) -- A member of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Europe Africa Southwest Asia (EURAFSWA) team was awarded the 2013 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Award for Environmental Quality March 19.
Naval Support Activity Bahrain's Regional Environmental Coordinator, Dr. Awni Almasri, continuously promotes the U.S. Navy and host nation relations at numerous environmental conferences within the Persian Gulf. He has won the CNO environmental award several times.
"I am honored to be recognized for doing the things that I love," said Almasri. "This award recognizes the entire EVSWA, Commander, Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia and NAVFAC EURAFSWA environmental business line for their hard work, commitment and dedication to supporting the fleet, fighter and family."
Despite the continual increase in operational tempo, coupled with Department of Defense budget and manpower constraints, Almasri and team continued its regional support in the EURAFSWA area of responsibility. He was working on multiple programs that put him in the running for the CNO's award.
He is the lead coordinator for installation water quality boards at NSA Bahrain and Isa Air Base, conducting monthly meetings for both boards. Almasri also supports the regional commander in executing his role as the shore Navy On-Scene coordinator (NOSC) for oil and hazardous substance spill preparedness and promoting international cooperation.
"I held several spill planning exercises within Southwest Asia to ensure that the U.S. Navy and host nation contingency plans were compatible," said Almasri. "The annual Oil Spill Response Preparedness Table Top Exercise and Workshop has become a must attend, interactive solution oriented activity that people aggressively embrace with participation every year."
Almasri and the environmental team at NSA Bahrain responded to more than 1,800 service calls supporting 210 U.S. Navy and coalition ships with processing more than 19,000 drums of shipboard used hazardous materials that were offloaded in Bahrain and United Arab Emirates, reducing disposal cost by more than $6 million over the past two fiscal years.
He successfully integrated pollution prevention programs across diverse civilian and military activities at NSA Bahrain reducing costs and increasing the environmental compliance of the facility.