Col. Om Prakash (left), 82nd Training Wing vice-commander, with Col. Mark McGeorge, 80th Operations Group deputy commander, after the 80th Flying Training Wing students were awarded the base's quarterly recycling incentive award Jul. 31, 2012 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The $1,000 prize can be used for quality of life programs or be donated to the base recycling program. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Hawkins)
Col. Om Prakash (left), 82nd Training Wing vice-commander, with Col. Scott Chowning, 82nd Mission Support Group commander after the 82 MSG was named the base's permanent party recycling incentive award winner Jul. 31, 2012 at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas. The award is given to a permanent party and student unit each quarter based on the group's total amount of recycling. (U.S. Air Force photo/Dan Hawkins)
8/1/2012 - SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- The 82nd Mission Support Group and the 80th Flying Training Wing were named Team Sheppard's 3rd quarter Recycling Incentive Award winners during the base's quarterly Environmental, Safety and Occupational Health Council meeting Jul. 31st.
The award, which is broken down into separate categories for permanent party and students, is based on the total amount of recyclable material reported to the environmental flight by the unit's recycling monitors. The final numbers are calculated on a per capita basis to account for unit size differences.
This quarter, the 82nd MSG recycled a total of 51,908 pounds to claim the permanent party title, while the 80th FTW captured the student category, bringing in 13,181 pounds worth of recyclables.
Col. Mark McGeorge, 80th Operations Group deputy commander, accepted the award on behalf of the student winners from the 80th FTW. Col. Scott Chowning, 82nd MSG commander, accepted the award for the MSG.
The goal of the awards is to help highlight awareness of the base recycling program and provide an incentive for groups to recycle.
Col. Om Prakash, 82nd Training Wing vice-commander, spoke on the importance of recycling and empahsized anybody can help.
"Recycling is a vital part of our operations," he said. "It's important in so many ways...helping take care of our environment is simply the right thing to do. Recycling is something everyone can do, regardless of your rank or position."
The $1,000 prize in each category can be used by commanders for quality of life programs or can be donated to the base recycling program.
For more information about recycling, please contact the base recycling center at 676-4600.