CAMP BLANDING, FL- The Assistant Secretary of the Army for Environment, Safety, and Occupational Health, Mr. Eugene Collins, presented the Environmental Restoration award to Camp Blanding Joint Training Center’s Environmental Program, Sep. 16, 2016. The CBJTC has received two prestigious environmental awards recently, the other being in 2014.
“This award recognizes Camp Blanding Joint Training Center as having the very best Environmental Restoration program out of all Army posts,” said Col. Daniel “Matt” Johnson, commander, Camp Blanding Joint Training Center. “This recognition of the CBJTC Environmental team shows the Florida National Guard’s serious commitment to preserving and restoring the natural environment.
Mr. Collins emphasized CBJTC’s ability to work as a team during the awards presentation. He took the time to acknowledge all of those involved, from the CBJTC leadership, to the program’s director and all of the staff that played an integral part in winning the prestigious award.
“When I think about you guys, I think about the Indy 500,” said Collins. “The fact that you’re both finely tuned teams working well together to make these things happen.”
Mr. Collins went on to state that restoring the 88-miles of swells of the St. John’s river project without additional funding, looked like a monumental task on paper, but the group’s dedication and teamwork saw it through to completion.
“You’re not just here for the birds, and the bees and the trees, you’re here to ensure that the soldier’s training mission is sustainable” said Collins. “How you take care of the environment and finding the right balance is really why you’re here and why you exist.”
After the award presentation, Mr. Collins toured the base and was given the opportunity to experience first-hand the program’s diligent work and dedication to restoring the land for future generations.