Army announces annual environmental award winners
By Army Environmental Command Public Affairs
February 28, 2017 1 / 10 the greater horseshoe bat and mouse-eared bats hibernate in caves at Hohenfels Training Area. The Army works with host nation authorities and nature protection non-governmental organizations to protect these bats. HTA is home to the only reproducing population of the greater horseshoe bat in Germany. VIEW ORIGINAL 2 / 10 The team has completed recent surveys in partnership with Troy University, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, State Historic Preservation Office, and professional archaeologists. This partnership not only provides students with valuable hands-on experience in fieldwork, but has evolved into an intern position with the CRM program. Sites are typically protected in situ, but any artifacts that are removed are curated with a federally compliant facility in partnership with the University of Alabama and Troy University. VIEW ORIGINAL 3 / 10 Commanded by Major General Charles G Morton, the 29th Division, 112 Heavy Field Artillery -- also known as the Blue and Gray -- constructed a network of trenches, dugouts, and command posts for training around Trench Hill in 1917 and 1918 prior to their deployment to France. The network also included a communications trench and observation posts, similar to those used in trenches on the Western Front. They began the excavation of the trenches on 2 December 1917 and by Christmas, the majority of the trenches on Camp McClellan (estimated at 54 acres) had been completed. VIEW ORIGINAL 4 / 10 This historic aerial photo shows Camp Pendleton during WWII. In all activities on post, CRM involvement is vital because the installation is listed in its entirety on the National Register of Historic Places. Whether the aim is simplifying the regulatory burden or revolutionizing the modern capabilities of the installation, the VAARNG CRM program remains oriented to future needs without sacrificing respect for the past. VIEW ORIGINAL 5 / 10 The Army Research Lab prepared more than 100 metal coupons with different metal, pretreatment, primer and topcoat combinations for 60 months of outdoor weathering testing at Cape Canaveral, Florida. This test enabled ARL to determine how the paint system performs in outdoor environments prior to demonstration on a weapon system. ARL qualified three pretreatments that performed equal to or better than wash primer in outdoor testing, proving that the required corrosion protection can be provided without the use of Chromium6. VIEW ORIGINAL 6 / 10 Camp Ripley continues to implement its Wellhead Protection Plan by sealing wells, sampling source water, groundwater monitoring, and protective measures. An in depth water conservation study specifically focused on infrastructure to identify potential points of water loss, storm water management, and water reuse feasibility was recently performed. The study identified key infrastructure that needed repair or replacement; several measures from the study were immediately implemented, including a storm water infiltration basin to retain a significant rainfall and eliminate all storm water discharge to the Mississippi River. VIEW ORIGINAL 7 / 10 Grazing was used at Kileuea Military Reservation in areas that were challenging to maintain due to terrain and fast re-growth of invasive plant species. This location is a ditch approximately one acre in size with a one-year growth. Portable electrical fencing charged by solar panels and batteries was used to set up paddocks within areas or to fence the entire acre to contain the animals. VIEW ORIGINAL 8 / 10 Everything except glass is recycled on the installation including batteries, tires, oil, antifreeze, and expended brass casings to name a few. Thousands of expended brass shell casings are ready for recycling. The installation's Qualified Recycling Program (QRP) generates revenue to support and expand the recycling program, health and safety initiatives, and morale, welfare and recreation purchases. VIEW ORIGINAL 9 / 10 The cogeneration heat and power plant at Camp Nainhof, Hohenfels Training Area, is designed to save 1,300 tons of greenhouse gas emissions and $900,000 in energy costs each year. A second system is under construction at Camp Poellnricht. VIEW ORIGINAL 10 / 10 A geoprobe allows soil sampling prior to installing ground water monitoring wells. Ground water monitoring is used to determine if contaminants are present and at what concentration. VIEW ORIGINAL
The Army recently announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2016 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards. Five installations and three teams will receive the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army.
"These awardees clearly demonstrate how fully engaged leadership, coupled with sound environmental practices and innovative approaches, can directly enhance Army readiness," said Mr. Eugene Collins, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety and Occupational Health.
This year's nominations include a wide variety of winning solutions, ranging from alternative remediation strategies for accelerated cleanup to innovative land and pest management practices, all demonstrating mission-enhancing environmental stewardship."
Congratulations to the Army's fiscal year 2016 award winners:
- Natural Resources Conservation (large installation category) - Minnesota Army National Guard, Camp Ripley, Little Falls, Minnesota
- Cultural Resources Management (small installation category) -- Virginia Army National Guard, Camp Pendleton, Blackstone, Virginia
- Sustainability (non-industrial category) - Hawaii Army National Guard, Honolulu, Hawaii
- Environmental Quality (overseas installation category) -- U.S. Army Garrison, Bavaria, Germany
- Environmental Restoration (installation category) -- Fort Bragg, North Carolina
- Cultural Resources Management (team or individual category) -- Alabama Army National Guard, Montgomery, Alabama
- Sustainability (team or individual category) - Pennsylvania Army National Guard, Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania
- Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition (small program) -- Army Research Laboratory Wash Primer Replacement Team, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland
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