ARLINGTON, VA (Army News Service) -- Fort A. P. Hill,
Va., will be honored as winner of the Army Chief of Staff Communities
of Excellence Award (ACOE) for Fiscal Year 2008 at a Pentagon ceremony
Staff Sgt. Pedro Rodriguez, the
241st Military Police Detachment's training NCO, shows his form
and accuracy on the grenade range at Fort A.P. Hill. Fort A.P.
Hill was the winner of the Army Community of Excellence
competition. (Photo by
Fort George G. Meade, Md., took second place in the Army
Communities of Excellence awards U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan, Korea,
took third place. The Special Category winner for the Army National
Guard is the West Virginia Army National Guard. The 65th Regional
Readiness Command in Puerto Rico is the Special Category winner for
the Army Reserve.
"We are extremely proud of these installations for
preparing themselves and holding themselves up to the critical
self-evaluation that is the true value of the ACOE program," said
Maj. Gen. John A. MacDonald, deputy commander of the Installation
Management Command (IMCOM). "This award represents the pride and
dedication the IMCOM garrison work force brings to making our
installations the kind of home our Soldiers and families
The ACOE awards are presented annually to recognize performance
excellence in installation management by Army garrisons. The award
recognizes continuous business process improvement, individual
innovation, groundbreaking initiatives, and dedication to efficiency,
effectiveness, and customer care in providing support to Soldiers,
civilian employees, retirees, and families who work, live, train, and
play on Army installations.
The ACOE program uses the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality
Program Criteria for Performance Excellence, to evaluate competing
installations. The criteria are the basis for performance excellence
recognition programs in 44 states and 60 nations, as well as in
federal agencies including the U.S. Army, the Department of Veterans
Affairs, and the U.S. Coast Guard. Participants are judged against
this common standard and not against each other.
Winning installations are selected by an independent panel of
six judges, based on the evaluation of the installations' written
applications and additional information gathered during site visits by
examiner teams. The winning installations receive professional
recognition and monetary rewards, based on their ranking.
Third-place winner USAG-Yongsan in Seoul, Korea, will receive a
$750,000 cash prize for the annual competition.
"We are ecstatic, "said Garrison Commander Col. Dave
Hall. " This is a professional, people-focused organization and
it's our vision to ensure the well-being of our community."
Hall said the garrison will continue to invest in the
infrastructure of the installation through quality of life
improvements and facility upgrades.
Barry Robinson, Plans, Analysis and Integration chief, said the
garrison's motto of "here for you" has led employees and
staff to maintain a customer focus.
Second-place winner for two consecutive years, Fort Meade,
allotted its 2007 ACOE money for projects including the building of
Centennial Park, refurbishing conference rooms and purchasing a mobile
"The recognition is a testament to the dedication,
professionalism and hard work of the Fort Meade work force,"
Installation Commander Col. Kenneth O. McCreedy said. "The fact
that we have been recognized as a community of excellence two years in
a row is an affirmation that the program we put in place and our
culture of continuous improvement are taking us in the right
Fort Meade will receive a $1 million dollar prize for the
support of Soldiers, civilian employees, retirees and their families.
Fort A.P. Hill
Fort A. P. Hill, having finished third in the ACOE for three
consecutive years, will receive a $2 million dollar grand prize in
2008 for finishing in first place.
Lt. Col. Michael S. Graese, A.P. Hill's garrison commander,
said, "I am just elated at this honor and the recognition it
brings to our deserving team of professionals, who bring such
dedication, talent and experience to our critical job of supporting
America's fighting men and women."
Fort A. P. Hill also is the Army recipient of the Commander in
Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.
The winners of the 2008 Commander in Chief's Award were
announced April 15.
The five Department of Defense (DoD) recipients of the
Presidential Award were selected for their exemplary support of DoD
The Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation
Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the
people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations.
Excellence in installation management enables better mission
performance and enhances the quality of life for military men and
women and their families. Each winning installation succeeded in
providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions.
"Every day, I'm amazed at the performance of our staff and
the employees. They're the epitome of organizational agility,
coordinating challenging training scenarios, maintaining diverse
infrastructure, and exercising superb stewardship in taking care of
this outstanding training destination," said Graese.
Each winner receives a trophy and commemorative flag.
The 2008 Commander in Chief's Award ceremony also is
scheduled for May 8 at the Pentagon.