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N.C. Air National Guard encourages airmen to be environmental stewards

The 145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day organized by Wing Environmental Manager, Lt. Col. Sam Ingram at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event.  Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

The 145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day organized by Wing Environmental Manager, Lt. Col. Sam Ingram at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Several pamphlets and games were available for airmen to take home to their children so they could actually have fun while learning to recycle.  Members were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Several pamphlets and games were available for airmen to take home to their children so they could actually have fun while learning to recycle. Members were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members from the 145th Airlift Wing learn about local recycling centers during an Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event.  Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members from the 145th Airlift Wing learn about local recycling centers during an Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Games for children, Frisbees for dogs and rain gauges for adults were made available to members of the 145th Airlift Wing, during Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. All these items were educational but also made it fun for the whole family to learn to recycle, conserve water and energy. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Members were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Games for children, Frisbees for dogs and rain gauges for adults were made available to members of the 145th Airlift Wing, during Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. All these items were educational but also made it fun for the whole family to learn to recycle, conserve water and energy. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Members were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Airlift Wing examine a rain gauge during an Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Airmen received several tips including the recommendation to only use 1 inch of water once a week for your lawn.  Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

Members of the 145th Airlift Wing examine a rain gauge during an Environmental Education Day held at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Airmen received several tips including the recommendation to only use 1 inch of water once a week for your lawn. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Airmen were given the opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

The 145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event.  Employees were treated to a hotdog/drink/chip combo; all were very appreciative of an opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

The 145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas Intl. Airport, April 18, 2015. Several agencies participating in community programs relating to recycling, water quality and environmental restoration attended the event. Employees were treated to a hotdog/drink/chip combo; all were very appreciative of an opportunity to learn more about local environmental initiatives within the community, at home and at work. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Public Affairs/Released)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The 145th Airlift Wing held an Environmental Education Day, organized by the Wing Environmental Manager, Lt. Col. Sam Ingram, at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte Douglas International Airport, April 23, 2015.

Local community agencies were invited to come and educate employees on new initiatives in sustaining our water quality, recycling and environmental restorations.

Men and women join the military for many reasons, including a call to defend their country.  In the North Carolina Air National Guard, defending the country involves protecting fellow citizens as well as the environment.

The 145th Airlift Wing and its geographically separated units in Stanly County are dedicated to continually improving our environmental performance, and we encourage our airmen to be environmental stewards.

The Wing endorses the implementation of an installation-wide Environmental Management System and is committed to compliance with federal, state and local environmental laws, regulations and other requirements.

Within the framework of this management system are the goals of promoting the conservation and sustainable use of natural and manmade materials, prevention of environmental pollution and minimizing waste generation.

NCANG operates an efficient program managing receipt and distribution of all hazardous material. Where those materials cannot be eliminated, the environmental office works to make sure they are handled and disposed of properly.

Additionally, the environmental office operates a robust, qualified recycling program whereby brass, cardboard, office paper, rechargeable batteries, aluminum and plastic bottles are managed to keep these materials out of our landfills.  In 2014, there were over 60 tons of cardboard, mixed paper and scrap metal alone recycled.

"At the 145th Airlift Wing, Combat Operations Group and Civil Engineer Regional Training Site - three North Carolina Air Guard installations - every effort is put forth to protect the environment and make it available for military training," said Ingram. "These efforts include cultural and natural resource management, pollution prevention, recycling and clean air and water conservation."

Engineering teams ensure new buildings are utilizing the best energy saving products ensuring water and electricity are not wasted and are sustainable for the future.

Airmen recycle more than 30 different types of items from paper and cardboard to materials such as concrete, asphalt, scrap metal, batteries, electronics, tires and oil.

Educating and partnering with community outreach programs such as Environmental Education Day ultimately helps protect these lands, which have been entrusted to us, and keep our airmen ready, reliable, responsive and relevant.