The Department of Defense has awarded the TACOM-based Project Management Office of the Stryker Brigade Combat Team with a prestigious Secretary of Defense Environmental Award, an annual honor bestowed on individuals, teams and installations for their outstanding achievements to conserve and sustain the Pentagon's natural and cultural resources. The award will be presented at the 50th Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards Ceremony on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Pentagon.
"You can be proud of the installation's accomplishments incorporating environmental, safety, and occupational health requirements into the weapon system acquisition program's decision-making process," Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Dorothy Robyn wrote in a letter to Rep. Levin in late May informing him of the award.
"The Project Management Office has done a commendable job overseeing the Stryker Family of Vehicles, which provides our service members a full spectrum of capabilities needed to fight and win on the battlefield," said Rep. Levin. "Specifically, the Double V-Hull program has increased occupant safety by improving the vehicle's defenses against IEDs and reducing harmful impacts of pollution and hazardous materials. I'm honored to recognize the members of the Stryker team for their outstanding work on behalf of our Nation's warfighters."
In Fiscal Years 2010 and 2011, the Project Management Office of the Stryker Combat Brigade continued to aggressively implement pollution prevention, waste minimization, and environmental compliance strategies into the Stryker Family of Vehicles Program. In addition, the installation designed, validated, manufactured 450 of the Double V-Hull Strykers, which will be fielded in Afghanistan. The Strykers significantly increase crew and vehicle protection against IEDs.
Throughout the Double V-Hull program, the installation utilized the Stryker Brigade Combat Team's Environmental Management Team, which is comprised of representatives from several Government agencies and contractors. The team assisted the installation in identifying and resolving current or potential environmental issues as well as in identifying potential pollution prevention and HazMat reduction opportunities. The use of the Environmental Management Team allowed installation to concurrently incorporate perspectives and input from the vehicle system manufacturer, Soldiers, and maintainers. The Environmental Management Team conducted the trade-off studies of less or non-hazardous materials and manufacturing processes; reviewed system requirements for environmental issues and pollution prevention opportunities for exploitation, and ensured that the program remained in compliance with federal, state, local environmental laws as well as Defense Department regulations and requirements.