WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Chief of Naval Operations (VCNO) Adm. William F. Moran honored the 30 winners of the FY16 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards during a video teleconference (VTC) ceremony at the Pentagon June 27.
Winners were recognized for their achievements in select categories: Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Quality, Sustainability, Environmental Restoration, Cultural Resources Management, Environmental Planning and Afloat. Participating commands joined the ceremony from international locations stretching from Naval Station Rota, Spain, and as far east as Japan with Naval Air Facility Atsugi and Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka. Multiple domestic installations, as well as U.S. Fleet Forces Command and U.S. Pacific Fleet also participated.
In addition to senior Navy and Department of Defense leadership, federal agency officials including Deborah Nagle, director of water permits division at the Environmental Protection Agency and Catherine Marzin, acting deputy director of the Office of Protected Resources with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, participated at the Pentagon. The ceremony also included non-government agency representation by Coastal States Organization and the Sierra Club.
"If we do our job poorly in environmental stewardship, we lose the trust and confidence of the American public and we are going to struggle even more for resources," said Moran during his remarks. "This is an imperative that is critically important to the sustainability of our unit and the sustainability of that trust and confidence in the American public."
Vice Adm. Dixon R. Smith, deputy CNO for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), and Rear Adm. Lou V. Cariello, director of the CNO Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), assisted the VCNO by performing duties of the ceremony including highlighting Navy-wide environmental stewardship and acknowledging each of the winners' accomplishments.
"I personally consider our stewardship and responsibility to the environment as one of the most important things we do in support of our warfighting mission because if we don't take care of the environment it becomes an encroachment issue and therefore you can't execute the mission," said Smith during the ceremony's introductory remarks.
The CNO environmental awards program annually recognizes Navy installations, ships, individuals and teams for their significant achievements and contributions to environmental stewardship.
More information can be found at http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/environment/awards/cno-environmental-awards.