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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 191-97
April 23, 1997

DOD ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF'S ANNUAL AWARD FOR INSTALLATION EXCELLENCE

Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen today announced the winners of the 1997 Commander-in-Chief's Award for Installation Excellence. They are:

Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point, Havelock, N. C.

Naval Station Ingleside, Ingleside, Texas

Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas

Defense Supply Center Richmond, Richmond, Va.

The Commander-in-Chief's 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 award were selected for their great support of the Department of Defense mission.

Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing, and recreational conditions. Excellent installations enable better mission performance and enhance the quality of life for military men and women and their families.

The Commander-in-Chief's Award ceremony will be held in the Pentagon Center Courtyard, Friday, May 2, 1997, at 2 p.m. (EDT). The ceremony is open for media coverage.