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Four Army National Guard installations win Secretary of the Army environmental awards

Minnesota National Guard ARLINGTON, Va - Four Army National Guard installations, two arsenals, and two teams will receive Fiscal Year 2014 Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental program achievements

These winners will go on to represent the Army in the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program later this year

The winners of the FY 2014 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards include these Army National Guard facilities:

Natural Resource Conservation (Large Installation category) - Camp Blanding, Florida Army National Guard is also known for its successful Natural Resources Conservation (NRC) program The 73,000-acre military training installation in northeast Florida is home to 19 federal and/or state listed threatened and endangered (T&E) plant species and 20 T&E animal species CBJTC is also home to a groundbreaking study on controlling and eliminating disease-causing insects - a study that may save the lives of Soldiers and civilians around the world

Environmental Quality (Industrial category) - Missouri Army National Guard The installation staff transfers its lessons learned by allowing other state Guards to visit, participating in various partnerships, teams and working groups that bring together regulatory stakeholders, military entities and local industries and businesses, participating in forums and advisory groups and hosting job fairs to encourage awareness of environmental careers with the MOARNG

Sustainability (Non-industrial category) - Fort Indiantown Gap, Pennsylvania Army National Guard This is a 17,150-acre military installation that provides training while simultaneously sustaining a vital habitat for rare native flora and fauna The installation successfully accomplishes both by thinking big--using a wastewater plant product to fertilize 25 acres of hay -but not losing sight of small things like a special species of butterfly

Sustainability (Team or Individual category) - Minnesota Army National Guard The team manages environmental stewardship for Camp Ripley, Arden Hills Army Training Site (AHATS), 63 armories, eight field maintenance shops, and two Army aviation support facilities

Other winners named:

Cultural Resource Management (Small Installation category) - Picatinny Arsenal, New Jersey

Environmental Restoration - Northeast Cape FUDS (Formerly Used Defense SiteTeam), US Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska

Cultural Resource Management (Team or Individual category) - Redstone Arsenal, Alabama

Environmental Excellence in Weapons System Acquisition (Small Program category) - Redstone Arsenal Aviation Weapon Systems IPT

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