Each year, CEMML selects one individual and one team for recognition of outstanding accomplishments in their programs. Recipients are nominated by staff and government sponsors.

Look for presentations from these awardees at CEMML’s annual meeting. The meeting is being prerecorded and will be uploaded and announced via email when it is ready.

Individual Award

Cheryl Bolton – Natural Resources, Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada

Cheryl is the Restoration Ecologist on the vegetation crew at Nellis Air Force Base. In this role, Cheryl is the project lead for invasive species management projects. Cheryl excels at planning, communication, and execution of projects under evolving conditions. Cheryl recently led an effort to quickly assess and manage invasive species within essential habitat of a newly found lizard species. She displayed clear communication and organization between multiple offices and a treatment contractor to address management concerns quickly. Her plan allowed natural resource program managers to make informed decisions and then showcase the monitoring effort to Command to help secure additional funding for management efforts. 


Cheryl was nominated by the Nellis Air Force Natural Resource Program staff and endorsed by her CEMML supervisor.

Team Award

Jon Glover, Kevin Menkens, Ethan Eley, Zach Flemming, Kevin McCasland, Julian Neubauer, and Zach Winter – Air Force Wildland Support Module, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska

The CEMML wildland fire team at JBER helped protect lives, homes and critical infrastructure during the 2019 wildfire season in Alaska – all while fulfilling their mandate to ensure the military mission. The team developed strategic and important partnerships within the firefighting community that led to effective and creative methods of funding in a rapid manner – far ahead of projections. In addition, the team provided world-class, real-world fire training to Air Force firefighters. These combined actions contributed directly to JBER earning the 2020 Commander in Chief’s Award for Installation Excellence.


The team nomination was supported by the CEMML Program Analyst/ CSU Liaison for the center’s AFCEC Wildland Fire Support program and endorsed by the Air Force Wildland Fire Branch’s Operation Manager, who wrote that the team “exceeded every expectation” in their work.