By Tom Kreidel, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic Public Affairs
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (NNS) -- Mike Wright, a Naval Facilities Engineering Command Mid-Atlantic natural resources specialist at Naval Air Station Oceana, has been recognized for her work with a first place finish in the Natural Resources Conservation (Individual or Team) category of the Fiscal Year 2013 Secretary of the Navy Environmental Awards.
Wright, who has worked at Oceana for the last seven years, said she is proud and excited to have been recognized for this award.
"I look at it as an honor that the public and the Navy have entrusted me to be a steward of military properties, ensuring sustainability of both natural resources and military missions on those lands," she said. "To have been recognized, first in the Chief of Naval Operations level awards and now the SECNAV award, it's an amazing feeling."
She added that she is passionate about her job and enjoys the diversity of the work itself. Balancing mission requirement with working with protected lands and animal species, managing hunting and fishing programs and helping to save both human and wildlife lives are some of the responsibilities that she says keeps her on her toes every day.
"Her strong personal dedication to the sustainment, preservation, and stewardship of our natural resources is always inspiring. She works hard and always maintains a pleasant demeanor. We are very fortunate to have her in our organization," said Terry Chamberlain, Public Works Department Oceana Environmental Program director.
Wright adds that while she finds the job rewarding, some of her "customers" do not always show their appreciation.
"Sometimes our work fights or bites back," she joked. "An angry raccoon or bird of prey doesn't always appreciate being rescued from the predicament he's found."
Her responsibilities extend beyond NAS Oceana, she also directly oversees the 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.