Navy commands in Hawaii garner top environmental awards

Rep. Cindy Evans congratulates Rear Adm. Rick Williams, Capt. Bruce Hay, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rutherford and John Burger at the Hawaii State Capitol building March 24.

Rep. Cindy Evans congratulates Rear Adm. Rick Williams, Capt. Bruce Hay, Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rutherford and John Burger at the Hawaii State Capitol building March 24.

Brandon Bosworth

Assistant Editor, Ho`okele

Navy commands in Hawaii were recently recognized for their commitment to the environment. Pacific Missile Range Facility (PMRF) was honored and presented with a certificate for its environmental and cultural successes by the Hawaii House of Representatives at a ceremony held March 24 at the Hawaii State Capitol.

House Resolution Number 167 recognized the Kauai installation for its environmental and cultural resources successes and awards and applauded the installation for its “stewardship of the land and strong community involvement.”

Representing PMRF during the capitol ceremony were Capt. Bruce Hay, PMRF commanding officer; Lt. Cmdr. Robert Rutherford, PMRF public works officer; and John Burger, range sustainment coordinator.

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam (JBPHH) won top honors in the natural resources (large installation) category for fiscal year 2014 in the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) 2014 Environmental Awards competition.

The annual Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Awards Program recognizes Navy and Marine Corps ships, installations and people for outstanding performance in promoting environmental stewardship.

Awards are presented for accomplishments in natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, environmental quality, sustainability, environmental restoration, environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition, and environmental planning.

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Timothy Niitani pulls out mangroves at Pouhala Marsh during a volunteer restoration project.

Culinary Specialist 2nd Class (SW) Timothy Niitani pulls out mangroves at Pouhala Marsh during a volunteer restoration project.


Environmental experts from the government and private sector evaluate Navy and Marine Corps nominations to determine up to one Navy winner and one Marine Corps winner for each category.

“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.

“Through your collaborative efforts and partnership with internal and external stakeholders, you protected endangered species, fought invasive species, obtained regulatory permits and authorizations efficiently, produced high-quality and defensible environmental planning, generated alternative and innovative solutions, reduced waste, decreased costs, engaged in ground-breaking community relations, and accelerated our environmental program,” Mabus said.

JBPHH also won top honors in the natural resources (large installation) category in the fiscal year 2014 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards competition.

“I would like to congratulate all the nominees and winners of the FY 2014 CNO Environmental Awards,” said Vice Adm. Phil Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for fleet readiness and logistics (N4).

“Their participation in this competition exemplifies their dedication to environmental stewardship in pursuit of our Navy’s overall mission. These achievements underscore that each contribution can have a tremendous long term impact in conserving our environmental surroundings and resources,” he said.

Also receiving CNO Environmental Awards were the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing EIS Team in the environmental planning, team category, and Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Hawaii archeologist Jeffrey Pantaleo, who won the award for cultural resources management.

Pacific Missile Range Facility Barking Sands (PMRF) was awarded in the cultural resources management, small installation category.

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