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Posted: February 22, 2018 3:44 p.m.
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Stewart-Hunter earns ACOE Bronze

On Feb. 13, the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management recognized Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield among the winners of the 2018 Army Communities of Excellence program with a Bronze Award.

Other garrisons recognized were Fort Rucker, Alabama (Gold winner), Fort McCoy, Wisconsin (Silver winner), and Daegu, South Korea (Bronze winner). Fort Knox, Kentucky and Fort Wainwright, Alaska rounded out the awardees with honorable mention. 

Fort Stewart is ranked in the top five percent of all U.S. Army garrisons in both the continental United States and overseas locations.

This recognition joins the long list of ACOE accolades including Gold awards in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012 and 2015; Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield continues to preserve its vision "To be our Army's best installation for Soldiers and Families to train, deploy and live."

ACOE is sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the Army and overseen by the Army's Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.  The ACOE program honors the top Army, National Guard and Reserve installations that have achieved high levels of excellence in building quality environments, outstanding facilities and superior services while striving for continuous process improvements and efficiencies.

"One of the requirements of being an Army Communities of Excellence winner is to share those process improvements and efficiencies with other garrisons who are also striving to be the best," said Fort Stewart Deputy to the Garrison Commander Henry P. Stuart. "Fort Stewart lives this every day as we continue to improve and help others along the way. Some see this as a competition, but from a Baldrige perspective, this is about becoming a high-performing organization and our journey to achieve it."

While impacted by instances of severe weather, unit deployments and fiscal challenges, the leadership, community workforce and its partners continue to set an outstanding example of being both efficient and effective.

"Our installation team is focused on process improvement and taking on the challenges of changing mission requirements.  Our sole purpose is readiness.  Baldrige helps us focus on what's important," Stuart said. "Working with our community partners, the leaders and employees at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield understand it's about taking care of Soldiers, Families, and providing the best service to our Nation's sons and daughters. We take the opportunity to benchmark with other installations to share process improvements and continue our journey for installation excellence now and in the future."

A ceremony will be conducted at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C. to honor the winners.  The date has not been set but is anticipated for the May-June timeframe.

"Our sincerest appreciation and thanks to our team members for a job well done," Stuart concluded.

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