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Naval Base Kitsap Wins Prestigious Environmental Award

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BREMERTON, Wash. (April 22, 2015) Machinist’s Mates 3rd Class Noah Kizer and Richard Caillet, assigned to the ballistic missile submarine USS Nebraska (SSBN 739), participate in a base-wide Earth Day cleanup at Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton.

SILVERDALE, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap recently received the distinction of being selected as 2014 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) and Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Award Winner in the category of Environmental Quality Industrial Installation.

The Environmental Award, presented annually, recognizes Navy and Marine Corps ships, installations and people for outstanding performance in environmental stewardship.“I am immensely proud of the installation and tenant staff for their hard work in maintaining environmental compliance on the day-to-day basis,” said Greg Leicht, Environmental Director for Naval Base Kitsap. “We were able to successfully complete two large environmental restoration projects that were a cornerstone in the award nomination.”

The major projects included replacing fish-blocking culverts with bridges, replacement of eleven single-walled storage tanks, multiple waste reduction programs and many other projects.“The team at Naval Base Kitsap continues to show how committed we are to being good stewards of the environment and this award validates that,” said Capt. Tom Zwolfer, Commanding Officer Naval Base Kitsap, from Wood Dale, Illinois.

The awards program rewards Naval Base Kitsap personnel for continued efforts to environmental restoration, preservation and sustainability. “I applaud our civilians, Sailors and Marines, both here and forward-deployed, who are a part of our robust environmental team supporting the sustainment of our operations and resiliency of our installations,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus in a statement.

Since 1962, the Department of Defense has honored individuals, teams and installations for outstanding environmental achievements and innovative environmental practices and partnerships. Military services and defense agencies submit nominations for each of the nine award categories. A diverse panel of judges representing federal and state agencies, academia and the private sector select the winners. For more information on the DoD Environmental Awards Program visit http://www.denix.osd.mil/awards.

Homeport Northwest article by Seth Coulter

 

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