Ohio  Army  National  Guard cleans  up: Camp Ravenna improvements earn Secretary of the Army Environmental Award Story  by  Bill Pierce Ohio National Guard Public Affairs

 COLUMBUS,  Ohio    Environmental  cleanup  efforts  that  have enabled the Ohio  Army  National Guard to expand its  training  capabilities  have  earned the Secretary  of  the  Army  Environmental Award in the environmental restoration, individual/team category.   The multiagency  Ravenna  Army  Ammunition  Plant  (RVAAP)  Environmental  Restoration team was  recognized  for  a long-standing  cleanup  program  and  for  creating  two critical  training resources  at  the  former  ammunition  plant  that  is  now  known as  Camp Ravenna Joint  Military Training  Center.  The  team’s  ability  to  enable  and expand military  training  at  Camp Ravenna was the driving factor in winning the award. “I’m  so  pleased the  Secretary  of  the  Army  recognized the work  of  this  team.

 All  too  often people who work  behind the scenes  to turn our  vision into reality  are  overlooked.  It’s  great  to see them  receive the accolades  they  so richly  deserve,”  said Maj.  Gen.  John  C.  Harris  Jr., Ohio assistant adjutant general for Army.

 The  Secretary  of  the Army  Environmental  Awards  consist  of  five installation categories  and four  individual/team  categories.  The  RVAAP  Environmental  Restoration team  will  compete against  other  military  services  in the Secretary  of  Defense competition,  with winners  scheduled to be announced sometime in April. “Working  together  means  great  things  can  be  accomplished,”  said Col.  William “Ed” Meade, Camp Ravenna commander.  “Ultimately,  this  will  benefit  all  training  Soldiers  at  Camp Ravenna in the  decades  to come and reaffirm  the compatibility  of  training  with environmental stewardship.” Camp Ravenna,  the primary  training  site  for  the Ohio Army  National  Guard,  sits  on  more than 21,000 acres of land in Portage and Trumbull counties in Northwestern Ohio.