84th Eng. Bn.’s FSC earns award for environmental excellence

| October 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
Sgt. Romel Ponce, petroleum supply specialist, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, tightens lids on used fuel containers as part of maintaining the Recyclable Material Shop’s storage point in the 84th Eng. Bn.’s motorpool, fo the unit’s environmental compliance program.

Sgt. Romel Ponce, petroleum supply specialist, FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., 130th Eng. Bde., 8th TSC, tightens lids on used fuel containers as part of maintaining the Recyclable Material Shop’s storage point in the 84th Eng. Bn.’s motorpool, fo the unit’s environmental compliance program.

Story and Photo by
2nd Lt. Jymette Watrous
Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS —  Environmental concerns and best practices took center stage, here, Sept. 28.

U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii’s Environmental Quality Control Committee, or EQCC, held its quarterly meeting, at the Post Conference Room, here, to discuss environmental concerns and award the prestigious Environmental Compliance Officer, or EOC, of the Quarter award to its best military and civilian environmental compliance programs.

This quarter, the awards were presented to Capt. Jason Jack, maintenance platoon leader, and Sgt. Romel Ponce, petroleum supply specialist, both from Forward Support Company, 84th Engineer Battalion, 130th Eng. Brigade, 8th Theater Sustainment Command.

Environmental compliance is a unit commander’s program and responsibility. Every commander appoints a reliable representative and alternate to manage and maintain the unit environmental compliance program.

Capt. Chauncey Hodge, commander, FSC, entrusted Jack and Ponce with the important responsibility of maintaining his program.

“It comes down to doing what is right, and taking care of the environment is the right thing to do,” Jack said. “The Soldiers we have in FSC and (in) the 84th Eng. Bn. know what is right, and they do what is right when it comes to protecting the environment.”

To earn this award, a unit must receive a 95 percent or higher rating on all quarterly, unannounced environmental compliance inspections during the course of the fiscal year. The inspections require that the appointed EOCs are fully trained, they conduct unit training at least once per quarter, they maintain historical documents for at least three years, they conduct monthly and weekly inspections of their operating areas, and they ensure all hazardous material is stored and marked properly.

FSC has earned 97 percent, 100 percent, 100 percent and 99 percent on its last four environmental compliance inspections, making it the best military environmental compliance program in USAG-HI.

Kevin Boehning, environmental compliance inspector, Environmental Division, Directorate of Public Works, USAG-HI, said FSC has a “very excellent program. You can see that they really care about environmental compliance.”

Lt. Col. Jon Chytka, deputy commander, 130th Eng. Bde., was very impressed with the performance of FSC.

“Kudos to Capt. Hodge and his great team. Getting 100 percent on an inspection is always an achievement, but 100 percent on an unannounced inspection is truly amazing,” Chytka added. “That shows that FSC, 84th Eng. Bn., is doing the right thing on a daily basis.”

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