More than 400 military members and civilians attended the 2019 Air Force Environmental Workshop last week to focus on the role of environmental restoration and protection in ensuring installations are mission ready, according to a press release.
Hosted by The Air Force Civil Engineer Center (AFCEC) and presented by its Environmental Management Directorate, the workshop focused on enabling the Air Force environmental mission of building resilient installations through environmental stewardship, according to the release.
“We’re here to enable the warfighter, and to be successful we need to ensure our environmental teams at the installations are well equipped and doing a good job at the bases,” said Jeff Domm, AFCEC’s Environmental Management Directorate director.
Attendees discussed a variety of environmental and installation programs, including program prioritization and strategy, natural and cultural resources, tribal relations, regulatory compliance, legislative engagement, budget and manpower overview, risk communication and more.
Domm said this workshop is imperative in bringing the Air Force’s environmental experts together to learn, form relationships and continue improving the program for future generations.
Allen Sohn, an environmental scientist at Goodfellow Air Force Base, Texas, said he gained valuable perspective and information from listening to other bases’ successes and challenges.
“It’s tremendously helpful for us at the bases to meet the environmental subject matter experts and form open lines of communication with our counterparts at AFCEC,” Sohn said.
Air Force photo by Armando Perez