Fort Stewart has been awarded the 2009 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. This is the fourth time the 3rd Infantry Division has won an Army Community of Excellence award. In 2004, 2005 and 2006 the fort received the ACOE’s gold award. As a prize for its excellence, Fort Stewart will receive $1 million to be used for improvements and additions to its military community. Fort Stewart spokesman Kevin Larson said money from the last three awards were used to build Fort Stewart’s newest teen center. He said input from the community is always taken into consideration when determining where the prize money will be used. All recipients of the award were announced yesterday.
They are: Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Hinesville, Ga.,Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, Jacksonville, N.C., Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Yokosuka, Japan Hurlburt Field, Fort Walton Beach, Fla.and Defense Distribution Depot San Joaquin, Tracy, Calif. 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. The five recipients of this highly competitive Presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.