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Pendleton's environmental security pioneer retires

Camp Pendleton’s endangered species and its historic Native American culture are saying “good-bye” and “thank you” to the man who played a substantial role in preserving the base’s rare environment for more than a decade.

Guadalupe Armas retired Jan. 30, after 17 years of successfully developing one of the most recognized, environmentally secure installations within the Department of Defense.

Armas headed Camp Pendleton’s Environmental Security Branch as the assistant chief of staff. He developed and executed the base’s natural and cultural environmental programs while supervising resource, land management, hazardous waste, air and water quality.

“My time here on Camp Pendleton has truly been an honor and privilege,” said Armas. “The level of experience and knowledge that I have gained during these past years is something many people don’t get to encompass, and for that, I am truly thankful.”

Through Armas’ devoted leadership, Camp Pendleton’s environmental security went from a one-man branch to more than 100 environmental specialists who sustain a $60 million award-winning environmental program.

“The training on base and environmental security walk hand-in-hand,” said Armas. “The base’s leadership has always been helpful in making sure we train within environmental regulations.”

Camp Pendleton’s Environmental Security Branch has achieved and sustained a record for reputable environmental observance and cultural resource management that is unrivaled in the DoD and proved it by receiving the 2008 Secretary of Defense Environmental Award.

“I wish I could take all the credit for the base’s success, but I would not have been able to do all this if it wasn’t for the hard work of Camp Pendleton’s leaders,” said Armas.

The base is mandated by the Department of Defense to uphold specific training guidelines to help preserve the base’s delicate ecosystem, said Armas.

“I feel confident that I am leaving the Environmental Security Branch in the best shape I can,” said Armas.

The next step in Armas’ journey will be providing environmental management and consulting services to government and private sector clients for TEC Inc., in Solana Beach, Calif.

“Being given the opportunity to work with Mr. Armas for the past few years has been remarkable,” said Lisa Warren, administrative support assistant, AC/S Environmental Security, Camp Pendleton. “He will truly be missed for the amount of professionalism and commitment he brought to work each and everyday.”

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