By Earl Bittner, NAVFAC Southeast Public Affairs Office
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) -- The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV), Ray Mabus announced the Fiscal Year 2014 Energy and Water Management Award winners Oct. 21 naming several installations in the southeast where NAVFAC Southeast facilitates energy conservation programs.
"This is wonderful news for NAVFAC Southeast," said Capt. Lore Aguayo, NAVFAC Southeast Operations Officer. "Selection for these awards are not based on individual accomplishments - it's a team effort team. And together, as a team, we will continue achieving and exceeding the Secretary of the Navy's energy goals."
Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, S.C., was recognized as the Marine Corps Large Shore award, earning a $45,000 prize. Marine Corps Logistics Base (MCLB), Albany, Ga. was honored with the Marine Corps Small Shore award, earning $30,000 for their program.
"We are very excited to win this level award for the third time in last four years," said Col. Donald Davis, MCLB Albany Commanding Officer. "This SECNAV level energy award is in recognition of the incredible efforts by our teams at NAVFAC Southeast and MCLB Albany. The facility engineers and energy management experts worked hard to reduce our energy intensity (consumption) by 40 percent and the continued growth of our renewable energy portfolio. I am confident that the continued efforts of this team will have us off the grid by the summer of 2017 and additional recognition as the first "Net-Zero" base in the United States Marine Corps."
Naval Station Mayport, Fla. was recognized as a Platinum Award winner. Platinum levels of achievement indicate an outstanding energy program and an exceptional year for energy project execution. Winners receive $5,000 each, to be spent at the discretion of the commanding officer to encourage further energy improvements.
"Naval Station Mayport strives to be the leader in energy conservation and being selected as a Platinum Award winner is a testament to that effort," said Cmdr. Bo Palmer, executive officer, Naval Station Mayport. "It's an all hands effort and a result of increased awareness and leveraging new technologies to capture energy efficiencies. Everyone working and living on board this installation deserves credit in making this achievement a reality."
The awards program also recognizes the accomplishments of commands that achieved gold, or blue levels of achievement. The Gold level of achievement indicates a very good to outstanding energy program. The Blue level of achievement indicates a well-rounded energy program. Winners receive a certificate of achievement in these categories. The following NAVFAC Southeast bases received the noted awards:
Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base Fort Worth, Texas - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Support Activity Mid-South Millington, Tenn. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Key West, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Support Activity Orlando, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Miss. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Meridian, Miss. - Gold Award - Certificate
Marine Corps Support Facility Blount Island, Jacksonville, Fla. - Gold Award - Certificate
Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C. - Gold Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Joint Reserve Base New Orleans, La. - Blue Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Kingsville, Texas - Blue Award - Certificate
Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla. - Blue Award - Certificate
"These commands executed comprehensive efficiency programs with senior-level command involvement, well-staffed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns, innovative energy efficiency measures, and consistent reduction in energy consumption," said Mabus in his award announcement.
"Congratulations and thank you for your efforts. Energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navy's mission," said Mabus in his award announcement. "Energy specifically is one of my top priorities and your performance has significantly advanced progress towards achievement of our goals. Your excellence in energy and water management is an example for all other commands to follow. We must all continue to be good stewards of our resources and treat them as the strategic asset they increasingly are. In the process, we will reduce consumption, waste less, and free up funding to better support our warfighters."
Both MCRD Parris Island and MCLB Albany are authorized to fly the SECNAV energy flag for a period of one year and will be recognized at award ceremonies at dates to be determined.