Department of the Army Headquarters named the winners of the Army Communities of Excellence awards in a March 13 message from the office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.
Winners this year include U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, as a first time Gold Medal winner. USAG Japan and Joint Base Lewis-McChord have been selected as Silver Medal winners. Bronze medal winners for 2013 include USAG Fort Campbell, USAG Fort Drum and USAG Fort AP Hill. Four additional garrisons have been chosen to receive special recognition for their performance as most improved: USAG Detroit Arsenal, USAG Fort Detrick, USAG Fort Greely and USAG Fort Buchanan.
The Army has recognized Fort Detrick employees for their remarkable dedication and unwavering support to the Fort Detrick community. Former Garrison Commander, Col. Allan J. Darden, said in an email.
The ACOE program is based on the principle that communities support people best by combining excellent services with excellent facilities in a quality environment.
The Army community is the backbone of Army readiness; our forces train at, deploy from, are sustained by and return to-the community. Soldiers who are convinced that their leaders care about them and their families perform their mission with more confidence.
ACOE Awards, which have been presented since 1989, are given annually to the Army installations scoring highest in the Army Communities of Excellence competition.
By using criteria established for the Malcom Baldrige National Quality Award as a framework for performance assessment, the ACOE program helps participating Army installations/communities focus on providing excellence in facilities and services in support of Soldiers, their Families, and Civilians. Baldrige-based performance assessments provide opportunities to identify best practices in installation management and reveal potential opportunities to apply appropriate performance improvement tools.
On May 8, 2013, Mr. Davis D. Tindoll, Jr., Director, United States Army Installation Management Command, Atlantic Region, formally recognized Fort Detrick for their work and acknowledged the dedication among our Soldiers, their Families and our Civilians.