NAF Atsugi Environmental Division Doubles Down on Energy
The Naval Air Facility (NAF) Atsugi Public Works Department (PWD) Environmental Division won two different Department of the Navy awards for Cultural Resource Management and for Environmental Quality for fiscal year 2014.
The awards are presented biannually following the holistic evaluation of commands of all sizes, both ashore and afloat. There are 10 categories. NAF Atsugi was the only installation to win awards in more than one.
“During fiscal year 2014 alone, we considered more than 30,000 environmental requirements for more than 50 construction and rehabilitation projects and service contracts,” said NAF Atsugi PWD Environmental Program Director Richard Reiss. “Our successes are a product of the installation commanding officer’s commitment to our Environmental Management System, cooperation with base tenant commands, a culture of cooperation within the public works department and a partnership with NAVFAC Far East regional support staff who provide clear guidance and committed support.”
It was under Public Works Officer Cmdr. Jeffery Sherwood that the current environmental program began to take shape,
Under Sherwood’s guidance, Reiss and his team were able to address significant backlogs and current taskings and restructure how the environmental team tackled its most important jobs, preserving the environment.
“These awards are not passed around lightly and because of how they evaluate commands, we had a serious uphill struggle,” said Environmental Engineer Akihiro Kojima, the primary architect behind the environmental division’s new approach to handling work orders and processing.
Kojima’s approach combined multiple documents and notes to create two master spreadsheets to be used by the department to maximize their efficiency.
“I know a little about computers, and it helped me to help everyone else,” Kojima said. “This entire process, from start to finish has been a community effort, and I’m very thankful that I’ve had these friends and coworkers to manage it with.”
Sailors and their family’s ability to receive clean and fresh drinking water, electricity, and a myriad of other services has been directly enhanced by the efforts of the Environmental Division, Kojima added. Updated and streamlined processes allow NAF Atsugi to improve its environmental posture which includes compliance with Japan
Environmental Governing Standards, federal executive orders, and Navy-wide environmental policies. All of this is done with a staff of five people and a limited budget.
“These awards are a great demonstration of the commitment NAF Atsugi Sailors, Employees and Families have toward being good stewards of the environment,” said NAF Atsugi Commanding Officer Captain John Bushey. “Bravo Zulu to our environmental and public works team. It’s also more than awards and recognition; it’s a sincere, shared understanding that we have an obligation to the concepts of energy conservation, land preservation, and a responsibility to protect our environment.”