Five Military Installations Receive Top Honors

WASHINGTON — Teams from five mil­i­tary instal­la­tions around the world received top awards today for excelling at their mis­sion despite the demands of war and recent nat­ur­al dis­as­ters.
At a Pen­ta­gon cer­e­mo­ny, Ash­ton B. Carter, under­sec­re­tary of defense for acqui­si­tion, tech­nol­o­gy and logis­tics, laud­ed the recip­i­ents of the Com­man­der in Chief’s Annu­al Award for Instal­la­tion Excel­lence.

“Across the board,” Carter said, “the instal­la­tions that we rec­og­nize today have tru­ly led — led by exam­ple, led by set­ting the stan­dard for excel­lence. Their respec­tive accom­plish­ments are the finest exam­ples of mil­i­tary inno­va­tion and ded­i­ca­tion.”

Receiv­ing the awards were teams from the U.S. Army Gar­ri­son in Wies­baden, Ger­many; the Marine Corps Air Ground Com­bat Cen­ter in Twen­ty­nine Palms, Calif.; Joint Base Pearl Har­bor-Hick­am, Hawaii; Spang­dahlem Air Base, Ger­many; and the Defense Logis­tics Agency-Land and Mar­itime in Colum­bus, Ohio.

“The very cri­te­ria that we use for the com­man­der in chief’s award reflect a broad scope of instal­la­tion respon­si­bil­i­ties,” Carter said.

Cri­te­ria include sup­port­ing mil­i­tary mis­sions, pro­vid­ing a high qual­i­ty of life for ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, ensur­ing the health and safe­ty of ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies, inter­act­ing with sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties, exer­cis­ing sound busi­ness and com­mu­ni­ca­tions prac­tices and demon­strat­ing respon­si­ble envi­ron­men­tal stew­ard­ship. In an April 29 note to the recip­i­ents, Pres­i­dent Barack Oba­ma con­grat­u­lat­ed the awardees on their achieve­ment.

“Your instal­la­tions are being hon­ored for exceed­ing all stan­dards, and I hope you take pride in the exam­ple set by your con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to excel­lence,” he wrote. “As our nation ris­es to meet the chal­lenges of the 21st cen­tu­ry, I thank you for your stal­wart ded­i­ca­tion and encour­age you to con­tin­ue striv­ing to be the best of the best.”

Army Gar­ri­son Wies­baden exe­cut­ed the largest mil­i­tary con­struc­tion pro­gram in Europe while sup­port­ing the inte­gra­tion of the 5th Sig­nal Com­mand, the deploy­ment and rede­ploy­ment of 1st Armored Divi­sion head­quar­ters, and the upcom­ing U.S. Army Europe head­quar­ters move.

The Marine Corps Air Ground Com­bat Cen­ter set the stan­dard as the Marine Corps’ pre­mier com­bat train­ing instal­la­tion, pro­vid­ing state-of–the-art instruc­tion to more than 44,500 Marines and sailors as they pre­pared for deploy­ments.

Joint Base Pearl Har­bor-Hick­am pro­vid­ed supe­ri­or sup­port to mis­sion and fam­i­ly readi­ness while enhanc­ing ser­vice qual­i­ty, busi­ness process­es, facil­i­ty man­age­ment, resource con­ser­va­tion and qual­i­ty of life as it tran­si­tioned to a joint base.

Spang­dahlem Air Base cre­at­ed and sus­tained the largest fly­ing hour pro­gram for U.S. Air Forces in Europe, with 18,350 fly­ing hours, 8,343 sor­ties and 3,162 sim­u­la­tions.

Defense Logis­tics Agency-Land and Mar­itime pro­vid­ed unsur­passed sup­ply-chain logis­tics man­age­ment, award­ing more 872,000 con­tracts, sup­port­ing more than 1,600 weapons sys­tems, and pro­cess­ing more than 6 mil­lion orders in sup­port of DOD cus­tomers.

“The instal­la­tions we rec­og­nize today demon­strate lead­er­ship and a pos­i­tive influ­ence, cre­ativ­i­ty, com­mit­ment and deci­sive action,” Carter said. “They embody courage, integri­ty and ini­tia­tive as they pro­tect our cit­i­zens and strength­en our mil­i­tary.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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