PEARL HARBOR (NNS) -- A Naval Supply Systems Command fleet logistics center was named winner of a 2010 CNO environmental award Feb. 17.
In recognition of its unfaltering commitment to environmental stewardship, Fleet and Industrial Supply Center Pearl Harbor was selected as the winner of the 2010 Chief of Naval Operation's Sustainability Team Award.
"I was almost speechless when I heard of the award," said Capt. John Polowczyk, FISC Pearl Harbor commanding officer. "It's an honor and a privilege to be associated with FISC Pearl Harbor's Environmental Sustainability Team."
The team referred to by Polowczyk consisted of Scott Hedrick, deputy fuel director; Lt. John Casilio, public works officer; Lt. Jason Jackson, petroleum Intern; Daniel Muranaka, Fuel Laboratory director; and Alan Sugihara, environmental coordinator.
"This command cares very much for environmental stewardship," said Casilio. "It's something extremely important and paramount to what we do."
The team's successes in 2010 substantiated the lieutenant's remarks. Among its most significant accomplishments were:
* A combination of facility upgrades and personnel training in energy conservation resulted in a 32 percent drop in energy consumption at FISC Pearl Harbor. The 32 percent decrease was far below DoD's target level.
* The team initiated a proposal to replace command vehicles with alternatively-fueled vehicles when feasible. The first vehicle, a hydrogen-powered hybrid SUV, was obtained in July.
* FISC Pearl Harbor began operation of an industrial wastewater treatment plant at the Fuel Oil Reclamation Facility.
* The command reclaimed nearly 800,000 gallons of 'not ready for issue' fuel during 2009 and 2010. There was a time when the fuel would have been disposed of as oily waste, but its reclamation enabled it to be sold, which also reduced the nation's dependence on foreign fuel.
* The Environmental Sustainability Team conducted an Earth Day fair that addressed a wide variety of environmental matters. Coinciding with the fair was a storm drain stenciling project in which 159 drains were stenciled with environmental messages.
In 2011, the team has already been working hard to ensure that environmental resources will be available for future generations. It is currently planning an even more ambitious Earth Day than the one it organized in 2010; and, in late February, Polowczyk signed the first policy statement in FISC Pearl Harbor's history to address environmental and natural resources protection.
The team emphasized that it could not have achieved its success without the support of the entire FISC Pearl community, and the team members are hopeful that FISC Pearl Harbor personnel will continue to support the environmental protection program throughout 2011 and beyond.
An awards ceremony will be held June 7 at the Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.
FISC Pearl Harbor's mission is to provide quality and timely logistics and support services to Navy, Marine Corps, joint and allied forces throughout the Pacific Rim. FISC Pearl Harbor, one of seven supply centers under Commander, Fleet and Industrial Supply Centers (COMFISCS), provides supply chain management, procurement, contracting and transportation services, technical and customer support, defense fuel products, and worldwide movement of personal property.
COMFISCS comprises more than 6,400 military and civilian logistics professionals operating as a single cohesive team providing global logistics services from more than 200 locations worldwide.
A component of the Naval Supply Systems Command, headquartered in Mechanicsburg, Pa., COMFISCS is part of a worldwide logistics network of more than 25,000 military and civilian personnel providing combat capability through logistics.
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