By Tom Kreidel, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
NORFOLK (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Mid-Atlantic took home five awards in the Fiscal Year 2013 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards, announced March 31.
The awards were in the categories of: Natural Resources Conservation Individual; Environmental Quality, Non-industrial Installation; Environmental Restoration, Installation; Environmental Restoration, Team and Cultural Resources Management, Installation.
"I continue to be amazed at the dedication, professionalism and expertise of NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's environmental team," said Liz Nashold, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic Environmental Business Line coordinator. "These awards reflect their commitment to NAVFAC's mission of environmental excellence.
Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune took home awards in two categories, Cultural Resources Management and for Environmental Restoration, Installation. Joint Expeditionary Base (JEB) Little Creek-Fort Story was the top non-industrial installation for environmental quality, and the partnering team from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry point won for Environmental Restoration, Team.
Michael Wright of Naval Air Station Oceana rounded out NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic's winners with the Natural Resources Conservation, Individual; her second individual category award in this SECNAV-level competition.
"I am honored to serve with such a dedicated and committed group of professionals," said Capt. John Korka, NAVFAC Mid-Atlantic commanding Officer.
The Camp Lejeune team was recognized for environmental restoration for their work managing more than 80 active sites for investigation and cleanup in an area encompassing more than 4,600 acres. According to Nashold, the base enjoys a great working relationship with the local community, hosting a Restoration Advisory Board and reaching out to the community through site tours, public meetings and two public website.
JEB Little Creek-Fort Story was recognized for their work in having a fully-conforming Environmental Management System (EMS) in an environmentally sensitive area. Their work in ensuring tenant command awareness has paid off with 91% of surveyed personnel having knowledge of the base's EMS.
MCAS Cherry Point was recognized for their work with a variety of federal and state agencies and contractors working on environmental remediation. They were cited for their innovated approach in protecting the environmentally sensitive waters of the nearby Neuse River watershed that surrounds the base on three sides.
Wright, a natural resource specialist, was recognized for her management and implementation of 3 Integrated Natural Resources Management Plans (INRMPs) covering 4 primary naval properties under two separate Commands including Oceana), Dam Neck Annex, Naval Auxiliary Landing Field Fentress and Naval Support Activity Hampton Roads Northwest Annex.