The Pennsylvania National Guard's environmental office team recently earned two awards, one each for sustainability and security, at recent Department of Defense (DoD) and Army National Guard environmental security awards events.
Accepting an honorable mention for sustainability work and a third place for environmental security, the squad located at Fort Indiantown Gap near Annville, Pennsylvania contributed significant effort to preserving the National Guard installation area’s natural habitat, including wildlife — and specifically, a rare species called the regal fritillary butterfly.
The team won at two levels: the National Guard Bureau level and the U.S. Army level. Winning work will further compete for the 2018 Secretary of the Army-level Environmental Security Awards.
"This award recognizes many of the hardworking members of the team," said Patricia Rickard, who serves as environmental planning manager for the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. "It showcases how we maintain a healthy and sustainable habitat and wildlife population while running an active military installation."
The Pennsylvania National Guard’s Bureau of Environmental Management (BEM) strives for environmental stewardship while supporting the goals of both military and veterans affairs, plus those of the Commonwealth’s National Guard. It oversees initiatives such as endangered species, hazardous waste management and cultural affairs.