SAN DIEGO, Ca – The NAVFAC Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Program Management Office has been recognized again for its environmental restoration programs at Department of the Navy BRAC closure installations.
On March 18, 2014, the Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) announced the winners of the Fiscal Year 2013 CNO Environmental Awards via a naval message. Three BRAC installations were recognized in that message.
The former Naval Air Station Cecil Field won the Environmental Restoration Individual or Team award for their efforts using innovative cleanup solutions to reduce cost and expedite property transfer. Under the Environmental Restoration Installation category, both the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field and the former Naval Shipyard Hunters Point were winners. At the former Naval Air Station Moffett Field , the team continued to demonstrate technical innovation and cost savings to overcome unique project challenges. The former Naval Shipyard Hunters Point team had an extremely active remediation program that achieved success through superior program management, close communication with stakeholders, and innovative technical approaches.
On March 31, 2014, two of these projects were recognized as winners for their categories in the Secretary of the Navy competition: former Naval Air Station Cecil Field and the former Naval Shipyard Hunters Point. These two projects will compete in the 2014 Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Competition.
“We are honored to be recognized for the work the Navy, the regulatory agencies, and the local communities are undertaking to complete environmental cleanup actions at the BRAC closure properties”, said Lawrence Lansdale, Environmental Director, BRAC Program Management Office.
“Our teams strive to find innovative technical solutions for environmental cleanup action.” This approach is evident in the three awards where the Navy was recognized. With over 93 percent of the BRAC property transferred, the remaining environmental cleanup projects are very complex.
The BRAC Program Management Office implements the Department of the Navy base closure actions as determined under the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act. The office serves as the primary liaison with local communities and redevelopment authorities. It is also responsible for developing and implementing the environmental cleanup actions to support real property disposal.