SecDef gives environmental nod to Robins Published April 24, 2015 By Jenny Gordon Robins Public Affairs ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga. -- The 78th Civil Engineer Group Environmental Management Branch has earned the 2015 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award for Environmental Quality. The award recognizes individuals, teams and installations that support mission readiness through its environmental activities. Through its commitment to environmental excellence, stewardship of community resources and sustainability to the warfighter, Robins has created and exemplified model programs to support its more than 22,000-member work force. The unit implemented an award-winning recycling program responsible for annually diverting more than 2,200 tons of recyclables from landfills, a community-partnered transportation incentive program and a robust water quality program that manages 549 million gallons of wastewater per year. "This is great news," said Otis Hicks, 78th CEG director. "Our organization won this DOD Environmental Quality Industrial Installation Award in 2013, so this is 'back-to-back' recognition. It truly takes a team of dedicated people and installation partnering to excel at this level. "This win is not only for our CE team," he added, "but it's a testament to the support we receive across Robins every day." Editor's note: The Environmental Management Branch of the 78th CEG Infrastructure Management Division is responsible for planning, programming and implementing the installation's environmental protection programs in support of the Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, 78th Air Base Wing, Joint STARS and various mission partners.