WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Vice Adm. Philip H. Cullom, deputy chief of naval operations for Fleet Readiness and Logistics (N4) announced the winners and honorable mentions in the 2015 Navy Community Service Environmental Stewardship Flagship Awards Dec. 2.
Annually, the awards program acknowledges the most distinguished Navy volunteer service projects that support environmental stewardship.
Cullom commended the honorees in his naval message.
"I would like to extend my gratitude for your tremendous commitment to improving the environment and your local community for future generations," said Cullom. "The Navy prides itself in maintaining good relations with our neighbors, and these awards reinforce that bond."
The 2015 winners are as follows:
Shore command category:
- Small (under 200 personnel): Naval Construction Training Center, Gulfport, Mississippi
- Medium (200 to 499 personnel): Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Milton, Florida
- Large (500 or more personnel): Navy Information Operations Command, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland
Sea command category:
- Medium (200 to 499 personnel): Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron 23, San Diego, California
- Large (500 or more personnel): USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75)
Overseas command category:
- Small (under 200 personnel): Commander, Fleet Activities Chinhae, South Korea
- Large (500 or more personnel): U.S. Naval Hospital Guam
Commands receiving honorable mentions include:
- Small shore command: Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training Unit, Whidbey Island, Washington
- Medium shore command: Navy Medicine Professional Development Center, Bethesda, Maryland
- Large shore command: Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Jacksonville, Florida
- Medium sea command: USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41)
- Small overseas command: Naval Airborne Weapons Maintenance Unit ONE, Guam
- Large overseas command: U.S. Naval Air Station Sigonella, Italy
Examples of winning initiatives include coordinating educational and community outreach events; recycling efforts and organizing environmental conservation and beautification projects, such as shoreline restoration, forestry management; tree plantings and invasive species removal.
Award winners will receive commemorative plaques and honorable mentions will receive signed certificates from N4.
The Environmental Stewardship Flagship represents one of the 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.
For additional information about the Navy's energy, environment, and climate change initiatives, visit http://greenfleet.dodlive.mil/home/.