WASHINGTON (NNS) -- The deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics, VADM Dixon Smith, recognized the 27 winners of the 2017 Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Environmental Awards during a video teleconference (VTC) ceremony at the Pentagon on June 13.
Winners were recognized for their achievements in select categories: Natural Resources Conservation, Environmental Quality, Sustainability, Environmental Restoration, Cultural Resources Management, Environmental Planning, and Afloat. Winning commands, including Naval Station Rota, Spain and Naval Support Activity Bahrain, joined the ceremony from abroad, along with multiple domestic, fleet, and regional commands.
The ceremony welcomed distinguished participants from the offices of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Environment; Commander, Navy Installations Command; and Naval Facilities Engineering Command. The event also included non-government agency representation by the Sierra Club.
"The Navy should follow the lead of this year's winners to mitigate negative environmental impacts that could hinder our abilities to operate, avoiding complacency as we remain forward-thinking in our practices," said VADM Smith during his remarks. "The work done by these individuals and teams positively impacts our mission readiness, enabling the warfighter as we maintain an informed, innovative, and lethal fleet."
Vice Adm. Smith and Rear Adm. Carl Lahti, director of the CNO Energy and Environmental Readiness Division (OPNAV N45), hosted the ceremony as they addressed each of the 27 winners and highlighted Navy-wide achievements in environmental stewardship. Additionally, two winners from the CNO Environmental Awards - Naval Base Ventura County's Natural Resources Conservation Team and the Vieques Environmental Restoration Team - were recognized for their success among their peers in the Army, Air Force, and Marine Corps after winning their respective categories in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards.
"Our reputation and our responsible actions as stewards of the environment in which we test, train, and operate are a source of great pride for the entire Navy," said RDML Lahti prior to announcing the winners. "Today's ceremony exemplifies our culture of always doing what is right to enable the full capability of our Navy to protect our national security and the right of all nations to live in peace with freedom."
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://navysustainability.dodlive.mil/environment/awards/cno-environmental-awards/.
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