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Release No: 235-04
March 29, 2004

CINC'S Installation Excellence Award Winners Named

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld has announced the winners of the 2004 Commander in Chiefs Annual Award for Installation Excellence. They are:

Fort Stewart, Hinesville, Ga.

Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, San Diego, Calif.

Naval Air Engineering Station, Lakehurst, N.J.

Beale Air Force Base, Marysville, Calif.

Defense Supply Center Columbus, Columbus, Ohio

The award 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.

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

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the award. The winners will be recognized at a ceremony scheduled for Friday, May 7, 2004, in the Pentagon Center Courtyard. The ceremony is open for media coverage.