Monday November 19, 2012
What is it?
The U.S. Army Environmental Command (USAEC) is a major subordinate command of the Installation Management Command (IMCOM) with a primary goal of leading and executing Army environmental programs while providing expertise to enable Army training, operations, acquisition and sustainable military communities.
What has the Army done?
- The Army currently protects 213 species on 101 installations, with U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii leading the way with 45 species. Threatened and Endangered species are recorded onsite at Army installations under USAEC guidance.
- USAEC is responsible for management of the Army's Active Sites Environmental Restoration Program and the IMCOM Compliance-Related Cleanup Program. Of 12,481 total sites covered by the Active Sites program, only 1,783 sites still require investigation and cleanup.
- USAEC assists installations to understand and mitigate their environmental vulnerabilities. In 2012 through the present, when national attention turned to Arlington National Cemetery (ANC), USAEC deployed a team of environmental experts to evaluate the environmental management practices and provide recommendations for improvements to help remove the risk of environmental noncompliance.
- The Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) program is managed by USAEC to reduce the impacts of incompatible development. Through FY 2011, over 112,000 acres were acquired with approximately 40 percent of funding provided by conservation partners.
What continued effort does the Army have planned for the future?
U.S. Army Environmental Command will continue to serve as the Army's center of technical excellence for the environment. The primary reason for guiding installations is to encourage good environmental stewardship while maximizing training lands to ensure combat readiness. For 40 years, the U.S. Army Environmental Command has helped Army installations ensure guidelines are met and resources are maximized.
Why is this important to the Army?
The fewer restrictions on training, especially on training lands and ranges, the better our Soldiers can be prepared, highly trained and ready for any contingency or mission. U.S. Army Environmental Command advises and guides all Army installations on environmental programs and provides expertise to enable Army training, operations, acquisition and sustainable military communities. Sound environmental stewardship practices on Army installations enhance military readiness and sustain resources for future generations.
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