SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) — U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Archaeologist and Cultural Resource Manager Lon Bulgrin was awarded the Chief of Naval Operations Environmental Award for Cultural Resources Management during an awards ceremony at The Big Screen theater on NBG July 16.
Bulgrin is a Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Marianas employee assigned to support NBG and received the award for the second consecutive year.
Capt. Mike Ward, NBG commanding officer, presented the award to Bulgrin and congratulated him for his selection among multiple installations.
“This is not just a Pacific region award; it’s not just a Naval Base Guam or 7th Fleet or CNIC-specific award, it is the Navy,” he said. “The CNO presented the award to Mr. Bulgrin and commended (him) for cultural resource management, environmental stewardship…he’s being recognized but he’s got a team of professionals who make it happen every day and set the standards not only for the base but the entire installation and enterprise across the Navy.”
Bulgrin said he was honored to be presented such a prestigious award but shared Ward’s sentiments and acknowledged his team.
“It’s pretty nice,” he said. “It’s a real reflection on the work we’re doing here and of course it’s to me but I need to acknowledge all the support I get from my BOSC (base operations support contractor) contractors over at DZSP and my co-workers within the environmental department and certainly from the command particularly the public works officer.”
The environmental and cultural resources management team is responsible for overseeing permitting for military exercises and dig sites.
“We’re really supporting the base on this,” he said. “Not just me in cultural resources but also our natural resources people all take on a tremendous load in permitting and to make sure our projects are done correctly, done legally and that we don’t impact the environment, we do not impact irreplaceable archaeological sites and historic architecture. What we try to do is protect them as well as we can because damage is permanent and there’s very little we can do to make up for that if we do that kind of damage.”