Fleet Readiness Center East recognized with 2024 environmental award

CHERRY POINT, N.C. (WITN) – An Eastern Carolina military depot has been recognized for the fifth time for its dedication to environmental stewardship.

Fleet Readiness Center East has been recognized by the Secretary of the Navy for its continued management of the environment. FRC East’s command was given the 2024 SECNAV Environmental Award for Sustainability in the industrial installation category.

According to FRC East, the SECNAV Environmental Awards recognize installation teams and individuals for their work to minimize environmental impact and maximize cost-effectiveness.

“Being a good steward of the environment is important to us at FRC East,” said Captain James Belmont, FRC East’s commanding officer. “We don’t just work in the community, we live here and are a part of it. Every member of the FRC East team is committed to maintaining environmental quality and compliance while delivering capable and quality aircraft to the Fleet.”

The Environmental Division of the depot said it has been meeting and exceeding its annual goals consistently over many years. Division director Andrew Krelie continued that it was a depot-wide effort and that this award was for the whole depot, not just the division.

Fleet Readiness Center East has already set to reduce industrial wastewater generation by 36% by 2025. In 2022, they calculated this goal would equal 92.6 million gallons.