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  • Public Works teaches students to pull plug on energy waste

    Nov 10, 2010

    CASEY GARRISON, South Korea - Do you leave the tap turned on while brushing your teeth or while taking a shower every morning' If so, Dewey McLean, energy manager for U.S. Army Garrison Red Cloud's Directorate of Public Works, wants to break you of that bad habit and he has a plan to do it. He's talking to children.

  • USAG-HI aims to promote recycling, conservation

    Nov 8, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - America Recycles Day is Nov. 15, and all U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii Soldiers, residents, civilians and supported units are encouraged to drop off their recyclables at the Kaena Community Center, here, from 9-2 p.m.

  • DPW releases important information about drinking water on post

    Nov 8, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - The Environmental Division, Directorate of Public Works, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, through the Preventive Medicine Activity at Tripler Army Medical Center, routinely monitors Aliamanu Military Reservation, Fort Shafter, Schofield Barracks and TAMC water systems for bacteriological quality of drinking water.

  • Hawaii District Court rules on Makua Military Reservation

    Nov 8, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Hawaii District Court released its ruling on cross motions for summary judgment in the case of Malama Makua versus Robert Gates, secretary of defense et al, Oct. 27.

  • Corps of Engineers finds, destroys World War II ammo in North Carolina

    Nov 5, 2010

    Wilmington District's ongoing Camp Butner UXO cleanup project deals with artillery and bazooka rounds, rockets, mines and hand grenades.

  • Corps fights invasive weeds at Martis Creek Lake

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Sacramento District's Martis Creek Lake is teaming with the Tahoe Divers Conservancy to sustainably eradicate invasive Eurasian watermilfoil from the lake, helping restore its native ecosystem and prized trout fishery.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Army announces availability of Draft PEIS, requests comments on proposed aviation gr

    Nov 5, 2010

    The Army invites all interested members of the public, including native communities and federally recognized Native American Tribes, federal, state, and local agencies to submit written comments on environmental issues, concerns and opportunities analyzed in the draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed growth, realignment, and stationing of new and existing Army aviation assets. The proposed action includes the consolidation and reorganization of existing aviation units and the potential establishment of one or more Combat Aviation Brigades. The proposed action will increase the availability of helicopter assets to meet current and future national security requirements and will allow the Army to better organize existing aviation assets to promote more effective training and force management.

  • Fort Rucker Wounded Warriors hunt raises money for project

    Nov 4, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Some Wounded Warriors had their first hunting experience Oct. 23-31 thanks to the Wounded Warrior Project in the Wiregrass area.

  • Electricity 'bills' coming soon: Energy conservation program to begin for on-post resident

    Nov 4, 2010

    Go green and get a little green. That is the incentive for a new energy-conservation program in family housing.

  • Army striving for 'net-zero' energy use

    Nov 2, 2010

    The Army has a goal of "net-zero" energy consumption by 2030 -- one of three challenges laid out by the service's assistant secretary for installations, energy and the environment.

  • Rolling quietly into the future at Natick

    Nov 2, 2010

    As he rolled up the hill near Building 45 at U.S. Army Garrison Natick, Rich Valcourt flipped the high-gear switch on the right side of the steering column, stepped on the accelerator, and reached the top with power to spare.

  • Corps of Engineers, Commissary agency build sustainable facilities in Europe

    Nov 2, 2010

    The $21.5 million Ansbach facility will be the greenest commissary to date, with energy-saving features and sustainable initiatives.

  • Hybrid vehicles help Fort Riley 'go green'

    Nov 1, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - There are many "going green" cost-saving initiatives in the U.S., from reusable bags at the grocery store to recycling, to hybrid vehicles to get someone where they need to go on a day-to-day basis. Fort Riley has taken advantage of many of these initiatives including the operation and use of 16 hybrid vehicles - one being a pickup.

  • Garrison Signs for New Headquarters Complex

    Nov 1, 2010

    USAG-MIAMI, Fla. -- In a modest ceremony representing the transfer of more than a quarter-billion dollars of property, John Burgess, U.S. Army Garrison-Miami's Director of Public Works signed a memorandum taking ownership of the new SOUTHCOM Headquarters Complex in Doral.

  • Solar panels to reduce garrison costs

    Nov 1, 2010

    Installing solar electric panels on the roof of a Directorate of Public Works building on Kelley Barracks is estimated to help save U.S. Army Garrison Stuttgart more than $36,000 per year.

  • Corps of Engineers continues Everglades restoration project

    Oct 30, 2010

    The Corps' Jacksonville District and federal, state and local partners broke ground on an 1,800-acre project near the Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge.

  • 2010 IMCOM exhibit welcomes all to the Army's home

    Oct 29, 2010

    One of the first groups of visitors to the Installation Management Command's exhibit at the 2010 Association of the U.S. Army's annual meeting and exposition was a video crew from Fort Benning, Ga.

  • Wildfire on Fort Knox

    Oct 28, 2010

    Story and images of one of the worst fires in Knox's recent history

  • Louisville District's Environmental Program gets bigger and better

    Oct 26, 2010

    Program grew to $72.6 million, a 21 percent increase from fiscal 2009.

  • Army families go green with Island Palm Communities

    Oct 25, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - When the dust has settled at Island Palm Communities, following construction of more than 5,200 homes and renovation of more than 2,500 existing homes, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii will be among the largest solar-powered communities in the world.

  • Synergistic

    Oct 25, 2010

    SCHOFIELDAca,!E+BARRACKS, Hawaii - Representatives from Island Palm Communities and U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii speak to students at Hale Kula Elementary School, here, as part of the SYNERGY (Saving Your Nation's Energy) program.

  • DoD needs a sustainable environment to support future operations

    Oct 25, 2010

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - Sustainability. What does it mean'

  • Being sustainable now preserves resources for tomorrow

    Oct 25, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - Sustainability is way more than just turning off the lights or fixing a leaky faucet. The overarching term includes an imperative for protecting the environment now so that future generations don't have to foot the bill later.

  • Garrison's recycling program expands services, reaps rewards

    Oct 25, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii generates approximately 9,000 tons of solid waste every year. Of that, less than 30 percent is recycled annually. Under Executive Order 13514, federal agencies must divert 50 percent of their total solid waste from landfills, via reuse or recycling, by the end of fiscal year 2015.

  • North Dakota's Newest Soldiers Give Back During 'Guard the Environment'

    Oct 25, 2010

    The North Dakota National Guard Recruit Training Battalion took a break from training for a community clean-up project in Bismarck, Fargo and Devils Lake this weekend. The event, called "Guard the Environment," was part of a National Guard Bureau-led initiative to give back to the communities that support service members while emphasizing the importance of caring for the environment.

  • Schofield's rainwater harvesting project yields water, energy savings

    Oct 25, 2010

    In an effort to demonstrate sustainable water management practices, U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Directorate of Public Works' Environmental Division has developed a rainwater-harvesting project with the Oahu Army Natural Resources Program facility.

  • MG Terry dedicates energy-efficient KMC building

    Oct 25, 2010

    KILAUEA MILITARY CAMP, Hawaii - Maj. Gen. Michael J. Terry, commanding general, U.S. Army-Hawaii, officially dedicated Kilauea Military Camp's Building 84 Photovoltaic Roofing Project, in a ceremony, here, Oct. 21.

  • Schofield achieves Tree City USA status

    Oct 25, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - It's official! Schofield Barracks has achieved prestigious Tree City USA status, following a two-year collaborative effort between U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii's Directorate of Public Works, Island Palm Communities, and Actus Lend Lease.

  • Sustainability is systemic goal for Hawaii, Army

    Oct 25, 2010

    FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii - We often use the word "finite" to describe limited resources, but living on an island really brings the word into focus.

  • Energy conservation helps everyone save

    Oct 25, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - "I don't have any control over energy savings; that's the Army's business, not mine."

  • Van pooling benefits installations, environment

    Oct 25, 2010

    SCHOFIELD BARRACKS, Hawaii - The Mass Transportation Benefit Program provides reimbursement for mass transit commuting costs to reduce federal employees' contributions to traffic congestion and air pollution, and to expand their commuting alternatives.

  • Sustainability: Why should Army community care'

    Oct 25, 2010

    If the Army has its way, Fort Polk - as well as every other Army installation - will be self-sustainable within the next 25 years.

  • US Forces hunters assist German officials with game management at Graf

    Oct 25, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Soldiers and Airmen from across Europe took part in a prestigious hunting opportunity with the German federal forest office at Grafenwoehr in early October assisting German officials in managing natural resources within the military training area.

  • Picatinny Arsenal saves energy and water holistically

    Oct 22, 2010

    PICATINNY ARSENAL, N.J. - The Picatinny Arsenal Team was the only Army recipient of a FEMP award for Fiscal Year '09. In addition, Picatinny Arsenal also won the 32nd Annual 2010 Secretary of Army Energy and Water Management Award, presented at the Army Energy Workshop in Dallas, Texas, in August.

  • Electric vehicles save Fort Riley money

    Oct 22, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. -- Saving the installation more than $5,700 per year, the First Sergeants Barracks Program utilizes six electric vehicles to move in and around the brigade areas in support of barrack's assignments, terminations and maintenance calls.

  • Picatinny earns national recognition for superior conservation efforts

    Oct 19, 2010

    A Picatinny Arsenal team was the only Department of the Army recipient of an annual award recognizing teams from federal agencies for their energy, water and environmental management excellence, Oct. 7 in Washington D.C.

  • Trout find home on American Lake

    Oct 18, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, wash. - Officials at Russell Landing Marina will feed them and look after more than 50,000 fingerling rainbow trout in a program to maintain a healthy, fishable population on American Lake.

  • Army emphasis on energy security evidenced by new senior-level office

    Oct 18, 2010

    The Army solidified its focus on energy security, Oct. 1, by elevating it assistant secretary of the Army-status.

  • Belvoir RCI earns Presidential recognition

    Oct 18, 2010

    FORT BELVOIR, Va. -The Fort Belvoir Residential Communities Initiative Project received the prestigious President's GreenGov Award in the category of "Building for the Future" in a ceremony Oct. 7 on the grounds of the White House.

  • Efforts underway to conserve more energy

    Oct 15, 2010

    FORT LEAVENWORTH, Kan. -- Fort Leavenworth is spending about $10 million in the next four years to comply with Department of Defense energy efficiency policies, but still needs its community members to conserve energy to meet federal requirements.

  • Families view new homes

    Oct 15, 2010

    Despite their name, the two homes are not designed to be entirely self sufficient. Instead, they are built to be net-zero - they are designed to use 54 percent less energy than a regular duplex on Fort Campbell and they produce as much energy as they use.

  • Fort Bragg intent on building a better, 'greener' Army

    Oct 15, 2010

    October is National Energy Awareness Month and the Army theme this year is "Empowering Defense through Energy Security." There are activities on Fort Bragg as well as across the nation to highlight the energy we use and spread awareness about the importance of conservation, new technology and security.

  • Fort Bragg gears up for the Green Living Tour

    Oct 15, 2010

    On Saturday, two, 15-passenger vans will start a new tour every hour, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m, at the North Post PX. The event is open to the general public and is free of charge. "We probably have the majority of the LEED (leadership in energy and environmental design) projects in the region," said Melinda Harrington, sustainable materials planner for Fort Bragg's Environmental Division. "Most of our construction is also to showcase that green building is really just about 'smart building' with the systems in place," she added.

  • Saving energy saves lives says new Army exec

    Oct 13, 2010

    In Afghanistan, fewer fuel convoys in theater can mean saving the lives of Soldiers, said Katherine Hammack, the new assistant secretary of the Army for installations, energy and environment.

  • Military earns White House, Energy Department awards

    Oct 13, 2010

    Defense Department efforts to save energy and help the environment at installations around the world are receiving notice from the White House and the Energy Department.

  • Radford AAP celebrates new nitric-sulfuric acid facility

    Oct 12, 2010

  • Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 12, 2010

  • Natick observes Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 12, 2010

    The Secretary of the Army has designated October 2010 as Energy Awareness Month. Public law mandates that the Army reduce its energy usage by 3 percent each year from 2007 to 2015. The Army needs to reduce energy consumption due to increasing demand, dwindling energy reserves and rising costs Aca,!" all of which have been further compounded by the Global War on Terrorism and natural disasters. For the Army to meet this goal, all of its employees need to contribute.

  • Fort Riley recycling program saves money, resources

    Oct 8, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Plastics, glass, cans and paper are just some of the things that can be recycled at the Fort Riley Recycling Center, located in Building 1980 at Camp Funston. "Recycling is essential to save valuable landfill space," said Scott Allen, operations supervisor of the recycle program. "If we refused to recycle, these products would end up in our landfills and reduce the life expectancy of those landfills."

  • Fort Bragg observes Energy Awareness Month

    Oct 8, 2010

    Did you know that the Month of October is Energy Awareness Month' Each year the Department Of Energy and Federal Energy Management Program encourage federal facilities to celebrate by hosting awareness campaigns for Energy Awareness Month and this year's theme is "Powering America We're on Target!" The theme depicts how federal agencies continue to zero in on energy targets to stimulate the economy, lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and achieve long-term energy and economic security. Fort Bragg will host events at Family housing and retail centers and contests in the schools and for any personnel working or living here.

  • Fish from Fort McCoy waters to support lake restocking efforts in neighboring community

    Oct 7, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Relocating fish from Fort McCoy waters will support re-stocking efforts for Lake Tomah (Wis.) while also improving the number of larger fish available for Fort McCoy anglers, said John Noble. Noble, Fort McCoy Fisheries biologist, said the fish currently are being held in a holding pond at Fort McCoy's Whitetail Ridge Ski Area. Largemouth bass were removed from the North Flowage and bluegills were collected from Stillwell Pond in a coordinated effort between Fort McCoy, contracted Colorado State University employees, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (WDNR) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). "The fish will be tested by FWS to certify their health before the WDNR moves them to Lake Tomah," Noble said. "Testing for fish viruses like VHS (viral hemorrhagic septicemia) takes up to 45 days so we expect to hear if the fish are disease free and okay to stock in November."

  • Recycling simplified at Natick

    Oct 7, 2010

    Imagine how easy recycling could be if all materials were placed in the same container. Imagination became reality Oct. 4 for the occupants of two buildings at Natick Soldier Systems Center, the first at NSSC to convert to "single-stream recycling" during a 90-day trial run.

  • History, beauty abundant on post trail

    Oct 7, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Looking for a new way to get out and get that heart pumping' Wander over to the Fort Jackson Passage of the Palmetto Trail and lace up those shoes.

  • Volunteers help protect Oahu's native forest with DPW

    Oct 4, 2010

    KAHUKU, Hawaii - Volunteers needed four-wheel drive to navigate a deeply rutted dirt road at the training area, here, Monday, in celebration of the nation's largest volunteer effort, National Public Lands Day.

  • Let it burn

    Oct 4, 2010

    U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii wildland firefighters look on as 11 acres of dry brush is intentionally set ablaze in a controlled burn at the James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on North Oahu, Sept. 13.

  • USACE aims for Army's first LEED Silver-certified building in Germany with command, battle cent

    Oct 4, 2010

    Not only will the U.S. Army Europe's future headquarters house the latest technology when it opens its doors in 2012, the Command and Battle Center will also boast the Army's first LEED Silver certification in Germany.

  • Contain to sustain: Energy security program moving forward

    Oct 1, 2010

    FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. -- Techs might call it a super-computer. Engineers might call it a super-network. Either way, it's impressive and is taking command of the energy here on Fort Campbell, one kilowatt at a time

  • Europe installations contain unique layers of history

    Oct 1, 2010

    BAMBERG, Germany - A bottle sits on a desk in the main office of U.S. Army Garrison Bamberg's Environment Division. Although unremarkable looking, the filmy green glass, faded over time but totally intact, bears the insignia of the 5th Royal Bavarian Infantry Regiment of the German Imperial Army.

  • Fishing course nets new instructors certified to conduct fishing courses throughout Germany

    Sep 28, 2010

    HEIDELBERG, Germany - Garrisons across Germany have a new team of certified fishing instructors to add to existing Family Morale Welfare and Recreation outdoor program opportunities. Ten individuals from various Army Europe garrisons completed the week-long instructor course took place in mid-September at the Bavarian State Institute for Fisheries in Starnberg, Germany, and are now certified as instructors.

  • Green building home to multiple Mountain Medics

    Sep 27, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson's newest environmentally-high-performance structure now contains five medical units. Here, they can better train, equip and support the "Mountain Medics." The grand opening of building 704 at Specker Avenue and Carey Street was celebrated by ribbon cutting, speeches, cake, band and tours of the facility Sept. 10. The event signaled a new era in these units' abilities to support the Overseas Contingency Operations.

  • Saving energy begins at local level

    Sep 27, 2010

    Every year the month of October is globally recognized as Energy Awareness Month. This year's Energy Awareness Month theme, "Powering America; We're on Target," identifies the need to continue aiming at energy targets to lower operating expenses, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and develop cost-effective and sustainable energy resources, while maintaining our high mission readiness.

  • Hay baling program saves money, benefits community

    Sep 23, 2010

    FORT RILEY, Kan. - Swathers and balers have become a common site around the Fort Riley area the past few months. Those behind these machines are farmers who have leased various areas of land around the installation under the Agricultural Outlease Program to bale hay - a program that is saving Fort Riley money and resources while benefiting the local community. More than 30,000 acres of land is available for hay leases spread around the installation, primarily along the edges of post.

  • Six APG trees are Harford County Champions

    Sep 23, 2010

    ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. -- Aberdeen Proving Ground, home to many species of plants and wildlife, is also home to six Harford County Champion trees that are part of the Maryland Big Tree Program.

  • Fort Jackson deer hunters take aim: Sportsmen head on post for year's hunting season

    Sep 22, 2010

    FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Fall colors, cooler weather and shorter days signify hunting season is here, and enthusiasts are heading out into the woods around Fort Jackson for some relaxation and a little action.

  • PCBs removed at Natick Soldier Systems Center

    Sep 22, 2010

    When a towering crane pulled a dredging barge out of Pegan Cove, swung it through an opening in the tree line and deposited it onto the adjacent parking lot at Natick Soldier Systems Center on the morning of Sept. 9, the most visible part of a $2.8 million PCB cleanup was complete.

  • U.S. Army Environmental Command welcomes first command sergeant major

    Sep 20, 2010

    FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas - The U.S. Army Environmental Command officially welcomed its first command sergeant major with an Assumption of Responsibility Ceremony at Fort Sam Houston's main flagpole Sept. 17.

  • Fighting fires together

    Sep 20, 2010

    FORTAca,!E+SHAFTER, Hawaii - Federal firefighters from Fort Shafter prepare to battle a wildfire when it came close to crossing onto the installation here, Sept 8. Honolulu's Fire Department contained the brushfire in the Fort Shafter/Kalihi area.

  • US ambassador recognizes USACE, EUCOM for Sava River flood mapping efforts

    Sep 20, 2010

    ZAGREB, Croatia - To honor the cooperation and recognize the achievements of the Sava River Basin Hydraulic Model project, the U.S. Ambassador to Croatia presented a plaque to the Sava River Commission chairman during a dedication ceremony.

  • Waste water to cool Fort Sill water tower

    Sep 16, 2010

    Fort Sill will soon begin a program testing the use of recycled waste water to cool a water tower in the 434th Field Artillery Brigade area.

  • USACE, commission promote international cooperation through flood mapping workshop

    Sep 16, 2010

    Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and International Sava River Basin Commission hosted a three-day workshop here Sept. 6, aimed at presenting attendees information collected for the Sava River Hydraulic Model project and garnering feedback from participating countries.

  • Army announces results of DU risk assessment

    Sep 13, 2010

    WHEELER ARMY AIRFIELD, Hawaii - Results of the Army's recent depleted uranium Basic Human Health Risk Assessment for the Pohakuloa Training Area impact area indicate no likely adverse impacts to current and potential future persons working on or living near PTA, due to DU present at PTA.

  • Graf goes green with new fuel cell backup power

    Sep 13, 2010

    Engineers and Soldiers alike have long fluttered with excitement over new technology to provide a more efficient, reliable and environmentally sound energy source to support infrastructure within the Grafenwoehr Training Area. Three years and $23 million later, Europe, Installation Information Infrastructure Modernization Program (I3MP) and engineers, procured, installed and upgraded the capacity and reliability of voice and data infrastructure on the installations.

  • PRESS RELEASE: Army requests input on proposed combat aviation brigade stationing

    Sep 10, 2010

    All interested members of the public, including native communities and federally recognized Native American Tribes, federal, state, and local agencies, are invited to submit written comments to identify environmental issues and concerns to be analyzed in the programmatic environmental impact statement (PEIS). Written comments will be accepted until Oct. 10. Comments can be sent to Public Affairs Office, U.S. Army Environmental Command, 5179 Hoadley Road, Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 21010, e-mailed to, or faxed to (410) 436-1693.

  • Army green, Army strong-- Fort Rucker turns in gas guzzlers for 'green' machines

    Sep 9, 2010

    FORT RUCKER, Ala. -- Fort Rucker is on its way to becoming "Army Green" and "Army Strong" as Directorate of Logistics officials anticipate introducing 17 light, slow electric vehicles to Fort Rucker by December.

  • Stewart-Hunter forester spends lifetime in the woods

    Sep 9, 2010

    "I call him 'Mr. Forestry,'" said Tony Rubine, fire management supervisor with the Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works, of Charlie Moore, a heavy equipment operator who's worked for the Department of Defense for nearly 50 years. "Charlie's been doing this forever, and he's still the most dependable worker I know. It's not uncommon for him to come in at 1 o'clock in the morning on a weekend to help put out a range fire. He's somebody everybody can depend on."

  • Talkin' Trash

    Sep 4, 2010

    The combined efforts of U.S. Soldiers and two local national contractors at Contingency Operating Base Adder led to the early completion of the scrap metal separation and segregation mission at COB Adder.

  • Massive Construction, Renovation Project Preserves History, Tradition - From Roof Lines to Floor Til

    Sep 3, 2010

    To maintain the traditional look of the historic Main Post area of Fort Bragg, N.C., and to preserve the original appearance and original materials of historic buildings under renovation; new construction and remodeling being done to facilitate the 2005 Base Realignment and Closure-directed relocation of the headquarters of U.S. Army Forces Command and U.S. Army Reserve Command to Fort Bragg has been closely coordinated with the N.C. State Historical Preservation Office. From new roof lines to historic windows and floor tile, supporting contract firms and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers are taking appropriate measures to maintain the historic symbolism, aesthetics and atmosphere that have always been an important part of living and working on the Fort Bragg cantonment.

  • Prescribed burning critical to control threats at Fort Carson

    Sep 3, 2010

    At Fort Carson and PiAfA+-on Canyon Maneuver Site fire is regarded as an effective and necessary tool against the very danger it represents, as well as aid to land managers protecting and enhancing natural resources. A policy of strict fire suppression has not proven to be cost-effective and ignores the benefits of wildland fires from natural causes. Naturally occurring fires serve to control insects, diseases and weeds, while improving habitat by maintaining and improving the quality of forage for wildlife. Fires caused by military training, however, can occur too often and at the wrong time, disrupting the natural cycle. This causes damage to critical resources, and often poses safety concerns.

  • Black bear cozies up in Fort Carson's Cheyenne Village tree

    Sep 3, 2010

    FORT CARSON, Colo.-Fort Carson wildlife conservation and Provost Marshal police officers were dispatched to Cheyenne Village housing area Aug. 25 to respond to a 200-pound black bear nestled in a tree enjoying some apples. Officials kept the bear in the tree to ensure the safety of the Mountain Post community until Colorado Division of Wildlife officers arrived on scene. Fort Carson conservation officers tranquilized the bear and, after post veterinarians examined the sleeping giant, transported the bear to PiAfA+-on Canyon per request of Colorado Division of Wildlife officials. The bear was released back into the wild.

  • Promoting sustainable building in Africa

    Sep 3, 2010

    Civil Affairs soldiers and a mix of American servicemembers began building an Eco-Dome prototype Aug. 24, 2010, as a model for possible future construction endeavors in Djibouti and the Horn of Africa.

  • Fort Carson launches 'Give a Buddy a Ride'

    Sep 2, 2010

    "Sergeant Bob," a USO volunteer and former servicemember, has shared rides with Soldiers needing a lift and now the program is be instituted around the post with stops for Give a Buddy a Ride.

  • Largest Army BRAC property transfer to date takes place at USACE headquarters

    Sep 2, 2010

    More than 14,000 acres transferred for civilian reuse of the former Texas Lone Star Army Ammunition Plant

  • Forestry technicians' work has real ups and downs

    Sep 2, 2010

    The job of forestry technicians with Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works has its ups and downs - literally. According to Caroline Fore, lead fire tower operator, a forestry tech may be manning one of Stewart's five, 100-foot fire towers one week then the next week, he or she may be on the ground marking trees in some remote wooded area of the installation.

  • Army Corps, N.J. National Guard solar project empowers nation

    Sep 1, 2010

    The New York District is working with the NJ National Guard on solar power projects to save the Guard and area taxpayers considerable money.

  • Looking through the window at federal stimulus dollars

    Sep 1, 2010

    In a building that has become the icon for the Watervliet Arsenal, the "Big Gun Shop," federal stimulus dollars have given the old lady of the arsenal a much needed facelift - and a visible example of how well local stimulus dollars have worked. For the arsenal, the $1.44 million federal stimulus project meant something other than job creation.

  • Hovey home to 15th century Korean cultural resource

    Sep 1, 2010

    RED CLOUD GARRISON, South Korea - U.S. Army installations throughout South Korea are home to some special natural and cultural resources that are protected and managed by the respective garrison's Directorate of Public Works' Environment Division and Camp Hovey is no different.

  • Army eyes industry for energy efficiency alliances

    Aug 31, 2010

    To meet energy initiatives, to cut costs, and to help better protect Soldiers, the Army is looking to industry for solutions and partnerships.

  • Putting energy front and center

    Aug 30, 2010

    ARLINGTON, Va. - In the past, energy has been a side conversation for the Army.

  • Commentary: Make recycling your mission, too

    Aug 27, 2010

    We live in a throw-away world. The average American family seems to produce a house-sized pile of trash every year. When we can all see the limitations of our resources, it defies logic and simple common sense to continue our wasteful ways. A big part of the solution is here and it's easy - recycling.

  • JBLM CDC students learn about 'three R's'

    Aug 27, 2010

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - There's an Earth-friendly movement afoot at Child Development Centers on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A team of sustainability experts is partnering with the CDCs to deliver a simple message: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.

  • ARRA: Wetlands built by Corps of Engineers provide habitat, runoff filtration

    Aug 27, 2010

    Thanks to a partnership between the Norfolk District and the City of Chesapeake, and ARRA funding, nearly an acre of land has returned to its natural state.

  • Timber industry big for Georgia, Stewart-Hunter

    Aug 26, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b>- The total economic activity making up the forest industry in Georgia amounts to nearly $30 billion a year. This figure includes not only the actual sale of timber statewide but also the wages of more than 128,000 forest industry employees plus federal payments to landowners. Part of that figure also includes timber sales at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield.

  • Detroit Arsenal Receives Neighborhood Environmental Partner Award

    Aug 24, 2010

    USAG DETROIT ARSENAL, Mich. -- The U.S. Army Garrison-Detroit Arsenal and its community partners recently received the State of Michigan Department of Natural Resources Neighborhood Environmental Partners Program Award for their outstanding commitment to environmental community outreach.

  • On the Job at Tobyhanna

    Aug 23, 2010

    TOBYHANNA ARMY DEPOT, PA. - Environmental experts are helping to keep Tobyhanna Army Depot one of the greenest industrial facilities in the Defense Department. Tobyhanna has earned numerous awards for its environmental, natural resource conservation and hazardous material reduction program. Its green roof initiative has reduced heating and cooling costs while extending the life of the roofs on which vegetative roofs have been installed. Employees in the Industrial Risk Management Directorate's Environmental Management Division assess the depot's impact to the environment and continuously seek process improvements to protect the environment. They manage all facets of environmental programs such as Clean Air, Clean Drinking Water, Pest Management, Solid Waste, Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know, Energy Conservation, and Hazardous Materials. Staff members here also ensure Tobyhanna stays in compliance with federal, state, local, and Army regulations by performing inspections, writing procedures, and reviewing construction projects and equipment purchases. Tobyhanna Army Depot is the largest full-service Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) maintenance and logistics support facility in the Department of Defense. Employees repair, overhaul and fabricate electronics systems and components, from tactical field radios to the ground terminals for the defense satellite communications network. Tobyhanna's missions support all branches of the Armed Forces. The depot is the Army Center of Industrial and Technical Excellence (CITE) for Communications-Electronics, Avionics, and Missile Guidance and Control Systems and the Air Force Technology Repair Center (TRC) for ground communications and electronics. About 5,700 personnel are employed at Tobyhanna, which is located in the Pocono Mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. Tobyhanna Army Depot is part of the U.S. Army CECOM Life Cycle Management Command. Headquartered at Fort Monmouth, N.J., the command's mission is to research, develop, acquire, field and sustain communications, command, control, computer, intelligence, electronic warfare and sensors capabilities for the Armed Forces.

  • DPW employees trade cars for bikes for daily business on Grafenwoehr

    Aug 20, 2010

    The feeling of self-propelled freedom you get from riding a bike is unlike anything else, but for U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Department of Public Works employees, it's more than the thrill of the ride; it's a necessary form of transportation.

  • From TMP to gas free

    Aug 20, 2010

    The feeling of self-propelled freedom you get from riding a bike is unlike anything else, but for U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr Department of Public Works employees, it's more than the thrill of the ride; it's a necessary form of transportation.

  • Fort Wainwright kicks off recycling program

    Aug 19, 2010

    FORT WAINWRIGHT, Alaska - On Aug. 16, Capt Timothy Hall, HHC USAG commander and Fort Wainwright recycling coordinator, watched as two men from K & K Recycling Inc. positioned a large yellow recycling bin on a wide open space of ground, just past the far end of the Commissary parking lot, behind the furniture store.

  • Stewart-Hunter Forestry Branch builds roads, too

    Aug 19, 2010

    <b>FORT STEWART, Ga. </b> - Some may think that managing nearly 300,000 acres of forest resources is enough work on its own, without having to be responsible for building and maintaining roads. But for Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield's Forestry Branch of the Environmental Division of the Directorate of Public Works, it's just part of the job.

  • Utility billing changes ahead for Fort Campbell residents

    Aug 13, 2010

    Mock utility bills will be sent to all Fort Campbell residents for the months of August and September. Then, live billing will resume for about 4,200 Fort Campbell homes in October. These statements will be mailed in November.

  • STEM program strengthens Fort McCoy, community ties

    Aug 13, 2010

    FORT McCOY, Wis. -- Fort McCoy allowed environmental and natural resources staff members to share their knowledge and on-the-job experience with teachers from nine area school districts at a July 20-21 workshop here. Mark McCarty, chief of the Fort McCoy Natural Resources Branch, said the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) program workshop provides innovative instructional programs, supports students who typically are underrepresented in STEM areas of studies and increases the academic achievement of students in these subjects. The program grant was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and was administered through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction. By strengthening ties between the school districts involved and Fort McCoy, the program supports the principles of the Army Community Covenant, McCarty said.