On May 1, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta announced today the winners of the 2012 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. They are:
- Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms
Twentynine Palms, California.
(It was the third consecutive year this center was recognized with the award.)
- Naval Air Station Jacksonville
According to a Department of Defense website article, Frank Kendall, acting undersecretary of defense for acquisitions, technology and logistics, hosted the Commander-in-Chief’s Annual Awards for Installation Excellence ceremony on May 2 in Washington, D.C.
“The commander-in-chief’s award is the highest award a military installation can receive,” Kendall said. “But it’s clearly about people more than it is about installations. Today we honor the best of the best from each of the military services and from the Defense Logistics Agency.
“These are, I think, suitably called the commander-in-chief’s awards,” he continued,” because installations are so important to what we do and the success of the entire military and Department of Defense.”
Kendall provided background on the DoD’s installation infrastructure throughout the world, noting it’s three times the size of Walmart.
“Installations are the military infrastructure’s backbone,” he said. “The Department’s 500-plus installations include more than 555,000 buildings and facilities with an estimated replacement value of nearly a trillion dollars.”
Other installations honored are the following:
- Davis-Monthan Air Force Base
- Defense Logistics Agency, Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin
- U.S. Army Garrison Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield
Dr. Dorothy Robyn, deputy undersecretary of defense for installations and environment, who also attended the ceremony and introduced Kendall, praised the five installation winners.
“Today, we will celebrate five installations that have excelled at both accomplishing their military missions and improving the quality of life for men and women who serve our nation,” she said. “To this year’s winners I offer my most sincere congratulations.”