FORT HOOD, Texas -- Fort Hood's Pollution Prevention Team earned a 2009 White House Closing the Circle (CTC) Award for outstanding environmental stewardship, according to an April 30 announcement by the Office of the Federal Environmental Executive.

Fort Hood received the award in the category of Waste/Pollution Prevention, Military. Over the last fifteen years the CTC Awards have recognized outstanding achievement of federal employees and their facilities for their commitment to environmental stewardship by improving environmental performance and conditions at federal facilities.

In a statement announcing the award winners, Dana Arnold, acting federal environmental executive, said, "The President believes that we all have a responsibility to our children to leave this Earth better than we found it. All Americans must have a vested interest in the protection and proper maintenance of our irreplaceable national treasures. Our award winners this year have worked hard and long in their respective federal agencies and facilities to ensure that their policies, programs and practices lead us to a healthier, more sustainable, and economically stronger America."

In addition to the award winner, three Army installations received honorable mentions:

The 'Bragg About Recycling Team' at Fort Bragg, N.C., for FY08 - A Year to Bragg About in the category of Recycling - Military;

The TACOM Transportation Maintenance Support Team at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for Motorpool Pollution Prevention Initiatives in the category of Waste/Pollution Prevention - Military;

The Fort Carson, Colo., 1st Brigade Combat Team Headquarters Team for a Fort Carson Gold LEED Facility in the category of Sustainable Design/Green Buildings - Military.

Tad Davis, deputy assistant secretary of the Army for environment, safety and occupational health, commended the Army winner and honorable mentions, "This year's 'Closing the Circle' Award and Honorable Mentions are recognition of the leadership role the Army continues to play in environmental stewardship. As the 2009 Army Earth Day Message states, increasingly, the health and security of our Nation as well as global stability are impacted by our ability to safeguard and protect the environment. I am proud of the many efforts underway across the Army to minimize our 'bootprint' as we strive to sustain the mission and secure the future."

This information is provided by the U.S. Army Environmental Command. USAEC is the Army's point organization for supporting the implementation of environmental programs that facilitate sustainable Army training and operations while protecting the environment. We provide environmental program management and technical support products and services in support of Army training operations, acquisition and sound stewardship.

"Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future"