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The Department of Defense recently announced the winners of the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Program for 2018. DOD recognized three Army installations for cultural resources management in the large installation category, environmental quality in the non-industrial installation category and natural resources conservation in the small installation category.
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HONOLULU -- Stretching across several tropical island sites, the Hawaii Army National Guard installation encompasses 1,300 total acres. Some locations are home to rare, threatened, and/or endangered ecosystems and species, which can make managing these areas an immense challenge.
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CAMP RIPLEY, Minn. -- Camp Ripley sits along 18 miles of undeveloped Mississippi River shoreline in central Minnesota. As the Minnesota Army National Guard's primary training site, it encompasses more than 300 prehistoric and historic sites on its 53,000 acres. With it comes great responsibility for the Camp Ripley Cultural Resources Management team.
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Fort Hood is the home of III Corps Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division, 1st Army Division West, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), and other brigades, tenant units, and organizations. Located on 218,823 acres in south central Texas, the installation creates a huge annual economic impact of $35.4 billion. With a Soldier population of 36,046 and training an additional 22,000 Reserve Soldiers annually, Fort Hood environmentally impacts the region, as well--in very big, very positive ways.
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Each year the Army accepts nominations in nine categories and selects those installations and organizations who have excelled in program management, technical merit, supporting the military mission, transferring lessons learned and involving installation personnel, residents and local community in their environmental program.
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Camp Ravenna Joint Military Training Center, the primary training site for the Ohio Army National Guard (OHARNG), sits on more than 21,000 acres of land that once housed the Ravenna Army Ammunition Plant (RVAAP). In recent years as training capabilities expanded, it became clear many areas of Camp Ravenna needed to be cleaned up to ensure they were safe to support the military mission.
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The Field Maintenance Shop (FMS) #1 in Asheville is a critical component of the North Carolina military mission. It supports seven locations in six counties and maintains more than 900 pieces of equipment that are integral to North Carolina National Guard (NCNG) Soldier training.
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The CH-47 Chinook is a twin-engine, tandem rotor, heavy lift helicopter. A true workhorse that was designed and produced in the early 1960s, this aircraft is the Army's only heavy-lift cargo helicopter. Recent changes to a "Block II" configuration include a more efficient drivetrain, new swept-tip rotor blades, and a strengthened fuselage that allows for heavier payloads. Six fuel tanks are reduced to two, allowing the Block II to carry more fuel while losing weight.

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