By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman William Blees, Navy Public Affairs Support Element West, Det. Northwest
BREMERTON, Wash. – Naval Base Kitsap (NBK) was awarded the annual Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Energy and Water Management Award in the Navy Large Shore category for fiscal year 2013.
The award, which recognizes Navy ships, installations and people for outstanding performance in environmental stewardship, was presented during the energy flag raising ceremony held on NBK Bremerton, March 11.
“It’s no surprise that team NBK has won the 2013 Secretary of the Navy’s Energy and Water Management Award,” said Rear Adm. Bette Bolivar, Navy Region Northwest commander. “Energy conservation is certainly a team effort and you guys [NBK] have proven this is something certainly well deserving for you to win today.”
The SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award is presented for accomplishments in natural resources conservation, cultural resources management, environmental quality, sustainability, environment restoration, environmental excellence in weapon system acquisition, and environmental planning.
“There’s been an increased awareness throughout the command on energy awareness,” said Stephen Stanek, NBK installation energy manager. “It recognizes the hard work people put forth.”
NBK was one of many bases in Washington state to receive recognition from the SECNAV. Naval Magazine Indian Island and Naval Undersea Warfare Center Keyport were recognized for having an outstanding energy program and an exceptional year for energy project execution.
“It’s important to recognize everybody here because energy is a team sport,” said Capt. Thomas Zwolfer, NBK commanding officer. “It’s really everyone here who did the hard work to make this happen, and I thank you for all your efforts.”
Navy Region Northwest is the third largest fleet concentration area, with four installations in the state of Washington.