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Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment Visits Southwest

30 September 2020

From U.S. Navy Office of Information

Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment (EI&E) Charles Williams traveled to the Navy's Southwest region Sep. 21-24 to discuss energy resiliency, evaluate the state of privatized and unaccompanied housing, and recognize Sailors who prioritize safety.

WASHINGTON -- Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Energy, Installations & Environment (EI&E) Charles Williams traveled to the Navy's Southwest region Sep. 21-24 to discuss energy resiliency, evaluate the state of privatized and unaccompanied housing, and recognize Sailors who prioritize safety.

The Honorable Williams visited Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar in San Diego, Calif., Sep. 22. Williams presented coins to Marines who initiated and executed safety measures. He formally presented the 2020 Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Environmental Quality Award (Non-Industrial Installation) to James Uwins, whose environmental program has saved over a million taxpayer dollars by creatively treating and disposing wastewater affected by per- and polyflouroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals. Williams also received a brief on MCAS Miramar’s energy grid, which recently helped prevent widespread local power outages in San Diego against the threat of the California wildfires. Miramar is leading the way on energy self-sufficiency in the case of emergency.

“As the EI&E Team works alongside the public and key stakeholders to seek ways to reduce PFAS chemicals, I am encouraged by MCAS Miramar’s innovative environmental program,” said Williams. “I am also impressed by MCAS Miramar’s energy grid, and the way they go about building relationships with San Diego’s community. In times of crisis, Navy and Marines can be counted on for community support.”

Williams traveled to Naval Base San Diego and Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego, Calif., Sep. 23. Williams met with base leadership and was briefed on modernization projects that aim to support the Navy’s future growth. Notably, he honored Sailors, firefighters, and civilians for their heroic safety initiatives in wake of the fire aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6).

“I am proud of every individual who models service above self in the big and seemingly small things,” said Williams. “They are paving the path for our bright future, and I cannot thank them enough for their service to the Navy and their fellow Americans.”

Williams visited Naval Base Coronado in San Diego, Calif., Sep. 24. He toured Pier Lima, the new Coastal Campus, and various housing arrangements. While touring privatized housing, Williams had the valuable opportunity to speak with and address the concerns of current tenants.

“I am impressed by the state-of-the-art housing facilities in San Diego,” said Williams. “Still, there is always room for improvement which begins by talking with the folks on the ground. I look forward to the continued revitalization of quality housing across the Navy in San Diego and elsewhere.”

The Honorable Williams traveled with minimal staff, and all travelers followed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines. All passed medical screenings at each location to ensure mission safety.

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