Northwest Navy commands earn Secretary of the Navy energy and water management awards

SILVERDALE, Wash. – Navy commands in the Pacific Northwest were named recipients of the 2014 Secretary of the Navy Energy and Water Management Awards in a recent announcement from the Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV).

Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (PSNS and IMF) won the big award in the ‘other shore’ command category. That big award came with $35K that can be put toward projects that work toward improving quality of life, encouraging further energy improvements, or for other purposes subject to limitations on the use of operation and maintenance funds.

PSNS and IMF is also authorized to fly the Secretary of the Navy Energy Flag for a period of one year.

Commander, PSNS and IMF, Capt. Steve Williamson, said of the honor, “We here at PSNS and IMF are very proud to have been recognized with the FY 2014 SECNAV Energy and Water Management Award. Although this award recognizes the efforts at PSNS and IMF, this could not be achieved without the teaming that is at the heart of this collaborative recognition between this command and Navy Region Northwest, Naval Facilities Command Northwest and Naval Base Kitsap. It is only through the excellent work of these team mates that we have been recognized. We are all stewards of these precious resources and we are honored to make it part of our daily job to ensure we are attacking waste in all we do.”

In a message, SECNAV said that “these commands executed comprehensive efficiency programs with senior-level command involvement, well-staffed and trained energy teams, aggressive awareness campaigns, innovative energy efficiency measures, and consistent reduction in energy consumption.”

Several other Navy shore commands earned recognition as Platinum and Gold Level Award winners. Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Northwest energy team members are located on each installation where they work hand-in-hand with each command and where all share the same goal of reducing energy costs of the Navy. As a result of close coordination and a focused approach to reducing energy consumption, all of the Northwest Navy commands have won multiple SECNAV energy and water management awards.

Naval Undersea Warfare Center Division (NUWC) Keyport, Naval Station Everett, Naval Base Kitsap, and Naval Magazine Indian Island were all recognized as Platinum Level achievement winners for having an outstanding energy program and had an exceptional year for energy project execution. As part of the award, those commands also received $5K, which can be used by the commanding officer on projects that improve quality of life or enhance energy improvements.

“It’s especially gratifying to receive this honor during the year when we’re celebrating our Command’s Centennial, “said NUWC Keyport’s Commander, Capt. Dave Kohnke.”We have a well-earned reputation of technical excellence and innovation in the field of undersea warfare, and this award is recognition that we’ve successfully applied those same qualities to the field of energy conservation. I also commend each of the commands for their diligence in saving energy and water.”

Naval Base Kitsap Commanding Officer Capt. Tom Zwolfer said, “Energy conservation is a team effort and it’s apparent that the teams at Naval Base Kitsap, PSNS and IMF, and NUWC Keyport are committed to saving energy as evidenced by the continued recognition from Navy Leadership for the efforts of our teams. I’m proud to be a member of this team.”

Capt. Scott Hogan, acting Naval Station Everett commanding officer said, “Naval Station Everett is one of the leaders in sustainability among U.S. Navy installations. Putting the environment first is more than a Department of Defense requirement; it is the right thing to do. Naval Station Everett was built with energy efficiency in mind and we are always finding new ways to improve, as we continue to find alternative energy sources and reduce our energy use.”

Naval Magazine Indian Island Commanding Officer Cmdr. Mike Yesunas said, “This is our third Platinum level achievement in a row and I could not be more proud of the entire team at Naval Magazine Indian Island for their outstanding efforts to successfully reduce energy consumption and be a good steward of the environment. I am continuously impressed with the teamwork and dedication I see from everyone.”

Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island received Gold Level achievement recognition for having a very good to outstanding energy program.

“NAS Whidbey Island is honored to receive this award,” said NAS Whidbey Island Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Nortier. “It recognizes the sustained efforts of Team Whidbey and demonstrates our commitment as good stewards of the resources entrusted to us. This is our 5th Gold award in addition to the 5 consecutive Platinum awards NAS Whidbey Island earned 2007-2011. This makes 10 total awards since 2001. Team Whidbey continues to seek every opportunity to conserve energy and improve efficiency, particularly as we plan for future platforms and missions supported from NAS Whidbey Island.”

 NAVFAC Northwest provides and operates efficient, reliable utility systems to support naval operations and delivers energy initiatives that meet SECNAV goals and reduces the Navy’s total ownership costs.

NAVFAC makes decisions and executes work based on sound analysis that reinforces fiscal responsibility. Only energy projects with a strong return on investment are chosen.

SECNAV Ray Mabus expressed in his awards message, “Congratulations on your efforts, energy and water management are critical to the accomplishment of the Navy’s mission. Energy specifically is one of my top priorities and your performance has significantly advanced progress toward achievement of our goals. Your excellence in energy and water efficiency efforts is an example for all other commands to follow.”

 

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