Army programs making strides in endangered species protection, historic preservation, waste reduction, environmental restoration, sustainability, and pollution prevention earned Pentagon recognition in January as the Department of the Army announced the winners of its highest honors for environmental stewardship and sustainability.Seven installations, three teams, and one individual will receive Secretary of the Army Awards for their environmental and sustainability program achievements. This year’s winning accomplishments include: designing a multi-phase ethnographic oral history collection project, achieving significant waste and emissions reductions, securing special legislation that returns state timber revenues to the Army, construction of a photovoltaic array to reduce dependence on fossil fuel, and implementing performance-based contracting to save the Army millions of dollars in cleanup costs.”The Army is committed to protecting the environment at installations here and overseas,” said Tad Davis, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for the Environment, Safety and Occupational Health. “In fact, as the winners of our environmental awards demonstrate, the Army is getting more and more sophisticated in its use of environmental technology and sustainable practices. We’re becoming a greener shade of green.”The winners of this year’s environmental awards stand out as examples of how environmental stewardship and sustainability plays a crucial role in the Army’s readiness mission. Investments the Army makes in environmental programs and sustainability initiatives pay dividends in sustaining realistic training and testing capabilities both now and in the future.The winners of the FY 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards are:Camp Johnson, Vermont Army National Guard — Environmental Quality, Industrial InstallationU.S. Army Garrison Bamberg, Germany — Environmental Quality, Overseas InstallationCamp Navajo, Arizona Army National Guard — Cultural Resources Management, InstallationFort Bragg, N.C. — Environmental Restoration, InstallationCamp Ripley Maneuver and Training Center, Minnesota Army National Guard — Natural Resources Conservation, Large InstallationCombined Support Maintenance Shop, Michigan Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, Non-industrial InstallationFort Hood, Texas — Sustainability, InstallationField Maintenance Shop #2 Pollution Prevention Team, North Carolina Army National Guard — Pollution Prevention, TeamFort Carson, Colo. — Sustainability, TeamFort Drum, N.Y. — Cultural Resources Management, Team/IndividualMajor Laura McHugh, Pennsylvania Army National Guard — Sustainability, IndividualThe Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards represent the highest honor in the field of environmental science and sustainability conferred by the Army. Many of these award winners will compete for the Secretary of Defense Environmental Awards this year.For details about the fiscal year 2008 Secretary of the Army Environmental Awards recipients visit the U.S. Army Environmental Command’s Web site at http://aec.army.mil/usaec/newsroom/awards00.html(link is external).”Sustaining the Environment for a Secure Future”For more information on the U.S. Army Environmental Command, visit http://aec.army.mil(link is external)SOURCE U.S. Army Environmental Command. ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/
“Un De Sceaux is as fresh as paint after his fall and I am keen to run him soon. “There are two races towards the end of this month that he is entered in, one in Ireland (Tied Cottage Chase at Punchestown) and one in the UK (Clarence House Chase at Ascot). “Long Dog has had a busy season so we might just go be easy on him now. He is unlikely to race again until Cheltenham. “Another run before Cheltenham would be ideal for Vautour, but I’m not sure where yet. “Faugheen, Nichols Canyon and Arctic Fire are all likely to run next in the BHP Irish Champion Hurdle.” Annie Power was not sighted over Christmas as she continues to progress from an injury, but Mullins has not yet ruled out giving her a prep run for the Cheltenham Festival. He said: “Annie Power is coming on slowly but nicely, and I’m happy with where she is at the moment. “We won’t know until she steps up to the next stage of training whether she will have a run before Cheltenham, but the aim is Cheltenham.” Press Association Willie Mullins is happy with the condition of his Christmas aces after they all returned to their Closutton stables in rude health. Mullins enjoyed numerous Grade One victories over the hectic festive schedule, though Un De Sceaux’s fall at Leopardstown on December 27 was a sizeable blot on the landscape. “They have all come out of Christmas well – no setbacks,” said the trainer.