From Naval Facilities Engineering Command Far East Public Affairs
YOKOSUKA, Japan (NNS) -- Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka (CFAY) has been recognized again for having two of the top environmental programs in the U.S. Navy.
The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2013 CNO Environmental Awards via naval message, March 18. CFAY won in the Environmental Quality, Non-Industrial Installation and Cultural Resources Management categories. This marks the second time in three years that CFAY has won the award for its environmental quality, and the third time in three years it has won the award for its cultural resources management - which CFAY went on to win at the SECNAV level last year.
"These awards don't just belong to one person, or one office," explained Jack Gilbertsen, Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Far East environmental director for CFAY. "It was the entire Fleet Activities Yokosuka (FLEACT) community coming together that made us a success.
"The command works very hard to promote our environmental programs, and our residents are very eager to support recycling and water and energy conservation initiatives. I couldn't ask for a more motivated group of people."
In addition to the supportive FLEACT Yokosuka community, Gilbertsen cited NAVFAC Far East and CFAY's adaptability, customer service and joint teamwork as factors in their continued award-winning performance.
"We all know our counterparts throughout the region, and we constantly circulate our ideas to help one another," Gilbertsen said.
NAVFAC Far East plays a key role in supporting CFAY's environmental efforts by providing funding direction, expertise and policy guidance to Public Works Department Yokosuka, which executes CFAY's environmental programs.