30th CES receives DOD level award
By Jennifer Green-Lanchoney, 30th Space Wing Public Affairs
/ Published May 02, 2012
VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. - -- Department of Defense Officials announced May 1 that the 30th Civil Engineer Cultural Resources Management flight won a 2012 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award.
The Secretary of Defense has honored individuals, teams and installations for their outstanding achievements to conserve and sustain the natural and cultural resources entrusted to the Department of Defense since 1962. Team V won at the installation level.
"We are delighted and honored to represent the Air Force, Air Force Space Command and the 30th Space Wing within the Secretary of Defense Environmental Excellence Awards program," said Christopher Ryan, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron Cultural Resources Management Flight team lead.
Vandenberg is home to more than 1600 prehistoric archaeological sites and historical resources including 118 historical archeological sites ranging from historic Chumash villages to the site of the nation's first Intercontinental ballistic missile to be put on active alert.
"It's great to be recognized for our accomplishments over the last three years, but we share that recognition with many other people, like the 30th CES horizontal shop, the 30th CES Hot Shots, our contractors, the Chumash Tribe, base command and others," said Ryan.
Members of the cultural resource management flight are charged with protecting and conserving not only prehistoric archaeological sites, but also historical archaeological sites, an archaeological district, 14 rock art sites, five historic Chumash villages, 26 Cold War era complexes with more than 70 facilities, the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail and the Space Launch Complex-10 National Historic Landmark.
"It's gratifying to invest lots of effort into historic preservation projects, get support from the commander, and see those types of projects come to fruition," said Dr. James Carucci, 30th Civil Engineer Squadron historic archeologist.
The flight previously received this award in 2009. The Award will be presented in a ceremony at the Pentagon June 6.