By Denise Emsley, Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii
PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii (NNS) -- Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii Archeologist Jeffrey Pantaleo was one of three individuals selected to receive the FY14 Chief of Naval Operation (CNO) Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management announced March 3.
Pantaleo is the Cultural Resources Program manager for two commands, Navy Region Hawaii and Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH), Oahu, Hawaii. He manages a wide range of cultural resources including native Hawaiian sites and objects, some dating back to A.D. 1200.
"Jeff's expertise is vital in our ability to balance mission demands and Navy cultural stewardship responsibilities on Oahu," said Commanding Officer NAVFAC Hawaii Capt. Dean Tufts. "He has succeeded in developing outreach and education programs that created our team of Navy, native Hawaiians and community leaders in order to participate in various activities and programs such as the annual JBPHH Makahiki festival honoring the Hawaiian deity Lono and restoration efforts at Pa'ai'au fishpond."
During the past two years, Pantaleo has ensured the Navy was in compliance with all State and Federal historic preservation laws and guidelines and has successfully completed the timely review and execution of approximately 225 projects, 15 Section 106 consultations and two memorandums of agreement.
"I am very honored that my nomination was forwarded for this award," said Pantaleo. "Working with the Native Hawaiian groups here has been very rewarding and the friendships I have developed with them have benefited both me and the Navy."
In addition, Pantaleo is an instructor in the Native Hawaiian Communication Course to educate Department of Defense Hawaii personnel about consulting with Native Hawaiian Organizations. He is responsible and the primary caretaker of the Halealoha Haleamau Burial Platform, a traditional Hawaiian burial vault, on JBPHH for over eight years. Pantaleo ensures that all new archaeological resources and artifacts are properly inventoried; stored in the Navy's curatorial facility which serves JBPHH and Pacific Missile Range Facility Kauai. He also provides cultural resources management support for Air Force landholdings in Hawaii.
I'm very excited that Jeff is being recognized for his work in Hawaiian cultural preservation and issues," said Shad Kane, Hawaiian cultural practitioner and active member in the Kapolei Hawaiian Civic Club. "He has played a big part in improving the relationship between federal agencies, the Navy specifically, and native Hawaiian organizations. His participation in the restoration of various Hawaiian sites has been instrumental in helping us all grow and I commend him for all of his efforts."
Pantaleo, originally from Chicago, Illinois, began his career in archaeology by completing an undergraduate degree in anthropology from the University of Hawaii. He continued his education at San Diego State University, earning his master's degree. Pantaleo worked in archaeology in Hawaii in the private sector for many years before becoming a federal employee and working five years for Hickam Air Force Base and the past four years with NAVFAC Hawaii. He is currently a resident of Aiea, Hawaii.
The CNO Environmental Awards are the first of three levels of competition within the Department of Defense. CNO winners are submitted for consideration in the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards competition. Winners at the SECNAV level of competition are submitted to compete in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards competition.