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NOAA and DoD Receive Preservation Awards

November 7—The Advisory Council on Historic Preservation met for its fall business meeting at the Old Post Office Pavilion in Washington, D.C. today and bestowed two preservation awards on the Department of Defense and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Chairman's Award for Federal Achievement in Historicl Preservation goes to DoD.From the left Chairman John L. Nau III, Laurie Rusch, Philip Grone, James Corriveau, Addison Davis IV, James ZeidlerThe In Theater Heritage Training for Deploying Personnel Program, created by the Cultural Resources Program, Fort Drum, U.S. Department of the Army for the Department of Defense, received the Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation.

The program provides realistic training and educational tools for military personnel deploying to combat areas. Its creation brought together academic and military archaeological communities to provide the appropriate information and make it accessible to soldiers. The project in its current version has created four principal products:

  • Playing cards with information about antiquities, cultural property, and proper behavior when discovering or occupying an archaeological site;
  • Soldier information cards providing critical additional information about this subject;
  • Cultural preservation training modules containing slides and scripts that can be presented by anyone at any time; and,
  • Construction of mock cultural resource assets to be included in realistic in-theater training scenarios.

NOAA wins ACHP Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment. From left: Dan Basta, John L Nau III, Asst. Secretary Sandy Baruah, Cheryl OliverThe National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce, received the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation’s Award for Federal Preserve America Accomplishment for its exemplary organizational efforts among government agencies in implementing the Administration’s Preserve America initiative. Inspired by the larger Preserve America initiative, NOAA developed a comprehensive program that includes:

  • A NOAA Preserve America Web site (
  • An annual NOAA Heritage Week
  • Treasures of NOAA’s Ark Traveling exhibit
  • NOAA Preserve America Initiative Mini-Grant Program
  • NOAA Heritage Preservation Partner commemorative (geodetic) markers, and
  • Technical assistance to NOAA Communities to become designated Preserve America Communities


Updated October 1, 2009

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