WIESBADEN, Germany - U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden was named the 2011 Army Chief of Staff Army Communities of Excellence Gold Winner - a distinction that puts it at the top of a select list of outstanding garrison's across the Army.

The Army Chief of Staff's message announcing this year's ACOE winners noted, "The Army's Gold winner, USAG Wiesbaden, Germany, exceeded all expectations, reflected by the many high-level awards (the garrison received). As the future headquarters for U.S. Army Europe, USAG Wiesbaden is recognized as the Army's top 2011 ACOE winner."

USAREUR's senior leader, Lt. Gen. Mark P. Hertling, a former member of the Wiesbaden military community, met the announcement with high praise. "Sue and I have lived in Wiesbaden, and we can attest it is an incredibly strong community with awesome facilities, helpful people and a phenomenal relationship with their German hosts," said Hertling. "They competed, and deservedly they won. We are extremely proud of Wiesbaden, and we are exceedingly happy that they are the 2011 CSA Gold Army Community of Excellence winner."

ACOE award winners will be recognized April 19 in San Antonio, Texas, during the Installation Management Command and Association of the U.S. Army Installation Symposium. Col. Jeffrey Dill, USAG Wiesbaden commander, will receive the prestigious award on behalf of the garrison. He equated the gold medal performance with a Super Bowl win and underscored the important role the strategic planning process played in keeping the garrison on course to winning this prestigious competition.

"What really set us apart as a high performing garrison this year was the participation of mission partners, family members, our host nation partner communities and constituent groups in the development and execution of the installation's strategic plan," Dill said. "The results reflect our commitment to ensuring the very best quality of life and support to our Soldiers, families and civilians." (Troy Darr of the IMCOM-Europe's Public Affairs Office contributed to this story.)

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