From Defense Media Activity
When you think of the Department of Defense, you likely think of military operations, air and watercraft, and lots of camouflage. But although the DoD is a steward of national security, it’s also a steward of human and environmental health.
With this in mind, the DoD established the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards to celebrate military service members and civilians for their exceptional commitment to protecting human health and the environment while advancing the military mission.
Each year since 1962, the Secretary of Defense has honored installations, teams, and individuals for outstanding conservation achievements, innovative environmental practices, and partnerships that improve quality of life, and promote efficiencies without compromising mission success.
Each military department and defense agency may submit one nomination each of nine categories that cover six subject areas: natural resources conservation, environmental quality, sustainability, environmental restoration, cultural resources management, and environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition.
Most of the awards are on a two-year cycle with large/small and non-industrial/industrial installations competing in alternate years, as shown below:
Small installations are those with 10,000 acres or less; industrial installations are those with a primary mission of manufacturing, maintaining, rehabilitating, or storing military equipment.
Some of the winners for this year’s awards include: Hawaii Army National Guard, which implemented a multi-faceted invasive species management program that achieves
holistic benefits at the ecosystem level and creates training access for soldiers stationed on the islands, and an environmental protection specialist in Spain, whose work ensured his installation received a U.S. Navy-wide award for environmental quality in 2016.
To see the full list of 2018 winners, visit https://www.denix.osd.mil/awards/2018secdef/.
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