The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, Honorable Alex Beehler, recently identified five installations, two teams and one individual who will represent the Army in the Fiscal Year 2018 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program. The Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are the highest honor conferred by the Army in the field of environmental science and sustainability.

"Our Army has a strong record of success when it comes to sustaining the environment to secure the mission," said Beehler. "Though we only recognize a few each year, environmental experts across the Army understand that the success of our warfighting readiness mission is inseparable from the environmental resources needed to accomplish that mission, and they work tirelessly to balance mission needs with our stewardship responsibilities."

This year's winners demonstrated superior program management and presented a variety of environmental technical solutions that benefit and enable the mission, are transferrable to other Army organizations and installations, involve local stakeholders, and produce measurable outcomes and a positive impact.

Congratulations to the Army's fiscal year 2018 award winners:

• Natural Resources Conservation (large installation category) - Florida Army National Guard, Camp Blanding
• Cultural Resources Management (small installation category) -- Washington Army National Guard
• Environmental Quality (industrial installation category) -- Wisconsin Army National Guard
• Sustainability (non-industrial category) -- Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
• Environmental Restoration (installation category) -- Fort Drum, New York
• Cultural Resources Management (team or individual category) -- Mississippi Army National Guard, Rita McCarty
• Sustainability (team or individual category) -- Fort Stewart, Georgia
• Environmental Excellence in Weapon System Acquisition (small program) -- Tagnite Technical Working Group, U.S. Army Research Laboratory, Aberdeen Proving Ground, Maryland

The Army also recognizes these noteworthy installations, teams and individuals:

• Runner up for Natural Resources Conservation (large installation category) -- Fort Hood, Texas
• Runner up for Cultural Resources Management (small installation category) -- Hawaii Army National Guard
• Runner up for Environmental Quality (industrial installation category) -- Louisiana Army National Guard
• Runner up for Sustainability (non-industrial category) -- New Mexico Army National Guard
• Runner up for Environmental Restoration (installation category) -- Lake City Army Ammunition Plant
• Runner up for Cultural Resources Management (team or individual category) -- Texas Army National Guard, Kristen Mt. Joy
• Runner up for Sustainability (team or individual category) -- South Dakota Army National Guard