JBPHH earns 2012 SECNAV Energy Award

Col. Karl Bosworth, director, installations and mission support, Pacific Air Forces/A7, assists SolarCity with the installation of a photovoltaic panel at Hickam Communities’ Earhart Village. Photo by Mark I. Brown

Brandon Bosworth
Contributing Writer

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam was recently named a winner of the 2012 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award.

The SECNAV Energy awards recognize outstanding commitment to energy and water conservation by Navy and Marine Corps activities and ships. Each year, the awards are presented to those ships and activities that have made notable progress toward achievement of Department of the Navy and federal goals for the reduction of energy and water consumption.

JBPHH achieved Platinum status and was named Secretary of the Navy’s “Large Shore Winner for Fiscal Year 2011.” As SECNAV Platinum Command Award winner, JBPHH will be recognized at an award ceremony Oct. 3, 2012 at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C. and is autho-rized to fly the SECNAV Energy Flag for one year. There is also a cash award of $45,000.

The USS Paul Hamilton (DDG 60) was honored with Platinum level status for afloat and will receive a $5,000 award.

Also earning recognition were the Pacific Missile Range Facility, receiving Gold level of achievement, and the USS Hopper (DDG 70), awarded Blue level of achievement.

“Congratulations to everyone — past and present, ashore and afloat — who earned this tremendous recognition,” said Rear Adm. Frank Ponds, commander of Navy Region Hawaii and Naval Surface Group Middle Pacific. Pearl Harbor-Hickam, USS Paul Hamilton, PMRF and USS Hopper are commended for strong leadership, commitment and advocacy for energy and water management. I am extremely proud that the honors we received recognize our ‘one team’ — both the installations and the waterfront.”

Among the accomplishments leading to JBPHH winning the 2012 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award include reducing energy consumption by 18 percent in the first year of FOC [full operational capability], constructing photovoltaic systems at five JBPHH facilities and at the Pacific Missile Range, and conducting more than $6.5M in energy and water efficiency projects in fiscal year 2011.

The JBPHH energy team is comprised of Katie Ramirez and Amy Nishijima, installation energy managers, who are also part of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii, as well as building energy monitors who conduct weekly audits of energy usage.

“This is a truly a team award, and represents the collective efforts of every command and individual across the entire joint base,” said Capt. Jeffrey James, commander of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

“The sheer size and diversity of this base — ranging from SEAL Delivery Vehicle Team One on the Pearl City Peninsula to the Hawaii Air National Guard on Hickam to the Naval Communications/Telecommunicat ions Area Master Station at Wahiawa Annex, and everything in-between—make this recognition all the more meaningful,” he said.

“I couldn’t be prouder to be associated with the outstanding military service members, DoD civilians and families residing onboard JBPHH. It is their commitment and willingness to go the extra mile that make achievements like this possible. As you drive by the flagpole at the JBPHH HQ building and see the SECNAV Energy Award flag proudly waving in the warm trade winds, you can rightly feel a sense of satisfaction knowing that you helped put it there,” James said.

Earning this award doesn’t mean Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam is resting on its laurels.

“To me, the real significance here is that our afloat and ashore leaders are changing behavior now and into the future,” Ponds said.

“People are thinking about energy security and water conservation. We’re moving away from being excessive users to becoming conscientious caretakers of our precious resources, and it is recog-nized at the highest levels,” he noted.

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