Pacific Area Strike Team Receives Environmental Award

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Coast Guard Pacific Area Strike Team was named a 2007 Environmental Award winner for their outstanding performance in affirmative procurement, historic and cultural resource management Feb. 8, 2008.

The Environmental Awards are presented to individuals, teams and units for superior environmental performance. The awards are divided into ten categories, and recognize long-term achievement and commitment as well as outstanding performance in 2007.

“It’s a great feeling,” said Lt.j.g. Karl Breedlove, the Pacific Strike Team’s assistant operations officer. “We all work and train hard, so it feels good to have our accomplishments recognized,” he said.

The Novato, Calif. based strike team makes up one of three teams from around the United States which comprise the National Strike Force. The 41 active-duty member strike team provides highly trained, rapidly deployable personnel and equipment to support Federal On Scene Coordinators (FOSC) in preventing or reducing environmental damage from oil or hazardous material spills.

The Pacific Strike Team works for both the Coast Guard and the Environmental Protection Agency in an area of responsibility that stretches from the Rocky Mountains to the South Pacific and from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Their area of operations also includes the 11th, 13th, 14th and 17th Coast Guard Districts.

Pacific Strike Team personnel have responded to oil and hazardous material incidents in exotic places such as the island nation of Palau in the Pacific as well as the deserts of the Middle East.

For more information about the Coast Guard Pacific Strike Team, visit http://www.uscgnsfnews.com/.

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