WASHINGTON (NNS) -- On Feb. 5, Vice Adm. Dixon Smith, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4), announced the winners and honorable mentions in the 2017 Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Awards.
The awards program highlights commands and ships that exhibit strong commitment to environmental stewardship via volunteer service projects.
The winners are as follows:
Shore command category:
* Small (under 200 personnel): Navy Operational Support Center Baltimore, Maryland
* Medium (200 to 499 personnel): Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Florida
* Large (500 or more personnel): Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Washington
Sea command category:
* Small (under 200 personnel): Carrier Strike Group 12
* Medium (200 to 499 personnel): Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23
* Large (500 or more personnel): Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 3
Overseas command category:
* Small (under 200 personnel): Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Detachment Atsugi, Japan
* Large (200 to 499 personnel): U.S. Naval Hospital Guam
Commands receiving honorable mentions include:
* Small shore command: Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Norfolk, Virginia
* Medium shore command: Afloat Training Group San Diego
* Large shore command: Naval Air Technical Training Center Pensacola, Florida
* Medium sea command: USS Mount Whitney (LCC-20)
* Large sea command: USS Emory S. Land (AS-39)
* Small overseas: Commander, Submarine Squadron 15, Guam
Smith applauded the honorees in a naval message Feb. 5.
"Our relationships with the communities in which we live and work are an essential piece of the Navy's mission readiness," Smith said. "Without the support of those local communities, our ability to service our warfighting platforms, maintain safe and healthy infrastructure for our workforce, and even deploy assets on time can suffer. The Environmental Stewardship Flagship program recognizes commands who are fortifying those vital relationships through volunteer efforts that protect and restore the natural environment we all share. Congratulations to the winners and honorable mentions on these accomplishments."
This year's winners executed diverse projects such as street, park and beach clean-ups; partnerships with local community and environmental organizations; recycling efforts; water conservation projects; and others.
Commemorative plaques will be awarded to each category winner and honorable mentions receive a signed certificate from N4.
The Environmental Stewardship Flagship is one of five flagships that comprise the Navy Community Service program. The four remaining flagships include Personal Excellence Partnership, Project Good Neighbor, Campaign Drug Free and Health, Safety and Fitness.
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