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Release No: 173-95
April 05, 1995

1995 ARMY COMMUNITIES OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED

Fort Benning, Georgia, has been selected as the recipient of the Army's Chief of Staff Community of Excellence award for 1995. This is the second consecutive year the installation has taken top honors in the competition. This year's award also makes Fort Benning the Army's recipient of the Defense Department's Commander-in-Chief award for excellence. Fort Benning and the Army Infantry Center there are commanded by Major General John W. Hendrix.

Army Communities of Excellence awards are given yearly to Army installations for their efforts to provide services and support to soldiers, civilian workers, retirees and family members. Recipients receive cash awards in varying amounts, which they can use to further improve their communities.

The top National Guard winner in the competition was the state of Utah. Top honors for the Army Reserve went to the 377th Theater Army Area Command in New Orleans, La. The Tulsa Engineer District in Oklahoma was the winner of the Special Category award.

Active Army installations that won other top awards in the program were Camp Zama, Japan; Fort Shafter, Hawaii; Fort McCoy, Wis.; Redstone Arsenal, Ala.; and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Other major Army Reserve awardees were the 95th Division in Oklahoma City, Okla., and the 121st Army Reserve Command in Birmingham, Ala.

Runners-up in the Active Army competition were Fort Leavenworth, Kan.; Fort Sill, Okla.; Fort Wainwright, Alaska; Kwajalein Atoll, Marshall Islands; Tobyhanna Army Depot, Pa.; and Yongsan, Korea. National Guard runners-up were Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, and North Carolina. Army Reserve runners-up were the 75th Division in Houston, Texas; the 96th Army Reserve Command at Fort Douglas, Utah; and the 122nd Army Reserve Command at Little Rock, Ark.

Named "Most Improved" were Fort Eustis, Va.; Hohenfels, Germany; and the Wyoming National Guard. "Rookies of the Year" for the Guard and Reserve, respectively, are North Dakota and the 120th Army Reserve Command in Fort Jackson, S.C. Attached is a complete list of all winners, runners-up, and honorable mentions.

The Army Communities of Excellence winners were selected by an 11-member team of evaluators who specialize in such categories as morale, welfare and recreation;

public works and housing; logistics; military and civilian personnel; and resource management.

Awards for the Army Communities of Excellence will be presented by General Gordon R. Sullivan, Chief of Staff of the Army, at a Pentagon ceremony on May 11, 1995.

The Defense Department's Commander-in-Chief Award, accompanied by a trophy and a Defense Department Installation of Excellence flag, will be presented to Maj. Gen. Hendrix on May 12, 1995, at the Pentagon.

For more information, contact Ms. Martha Rudd, Installations and Environment Team, Public Communications Division, Army Public Affairs, at (703) 697-7591.