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Naval Air Station Whiting Field’s environmental staff and volunteer team earned some well-deserved accolades on Dec. 2 when the Navy announced the winners of the “Flagship” award for Environmental Stewardship.
The installation received recognition in the Medium Ashore category.
The Flagship awards are presented each year to commands for “outstanding community service efforts” in their local communities. These include Personal Excellence Partnership; Health, Safety and Fitness; Campaign Drug Free; Project Good Neighbor; and Environmental Stewardship. The USS Bainbridge (CGN 25) Award is presented for overall excellence in community service.
Overall, Naval Air Station Whiting Field Sailors volunteered more than 22,000 hours of time to the local community in fiscal year 2015 to help inspire community youths in their professional development and life-skills, improving the quality of life for struggling families, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and emphasizing educational outreach in the good stewardship of environmental resources.
The Environmental Stewardship Award recognizes commands engaged in exemplary voluntary community service activities that promote good stewardship of environmental resources. NAS Whiting Field was specifically mentioned for participation in activities such as: Earth Day, Longleaf Alliance Project, Gulf Coastal Plain Ecosystem Partnership, Tree City USA, Blackwater River Liaison Panel, Adopt-a-Highway, and more. Approximately 5,400 hours of volunteer time were spent on projects like these.
“Congratulations to all of our deserving award winners,” said Vice Adm. Phillip H. Cullom, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations in the message announcing the recipients. “I would like to extend my gratitude for your tremendous commitment to improving the environment and your local community for future generations. The Navy prides itself in maintaining good relations with our neighbors and these awards reinforce that bond.”
Coming on the heels of the Installation Excellence Award announcement, this is proving to be a banner year for NAS Whiting Field.
“This is another huge accomplishment for the NAS Whiting Field team. I can’t say enough about the quality work they do, day-in and day-out,” Capt. Todd Bahlau stated. “In my 25 year career this is by far the most talented team I have been a part of.”