ARLINGTON, Va.- The Army Communities of Excellence Award Ceremony (ACOE) for Army National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserve was conducted at the Headquarters, National Guard Bureau to recognize exceptional achievement of National Guard and Army Reserve units, May 30. The 88th Regional Support Command and the 108th Training Command (IET) were recognized for exceptional achievement and received top honors for the Army Reserve. Thirty-six Army National Guard units from across the U.S. were recognized with the Georgia National Guard receiving top honors for the Army National Guard program.

The ACOE Program was created in 1988 to promote and recognize effective management systems and overall performance improvement within the Army. This program ties in well with the Army's commitment to continuous process improvement through the Lean Six Sigma program. The competition uses the Malcolm Baldrige criteria to measure performance through written and site assessment of top organizations that competed in 2013.

Maj. Gen. Walter Fountain, acting deputy director, Army National Guard welcomed all awardees and honored guest and recognized that "every organization that participated in the process were winners. Unfortunately, we are only able to recognize a few organizations but every unit that participated in the competition is deserving." The Army National Guard Communities of Excellence program recognized units from 36 states based on capabilities and scope of mission.

The Georgia Army National Guard took overall honors for the Army National Guard program. Fountain presented the award to Mr. Joe Jarrard, assistant adjutant general, Georgia National Guard who was accompanied by numerous senior staff members responsible for the Georgia National Guard's outstanding effort in the program and winning submission.

Maj. Gen. Glenn Lesniak, deputy commanding general, U.S. Army Reserve Command and Mr. Tad Davis, command executive officer, U.S. Army Reserve Command presented awards to the 88th Regional Support Command and the 108th Training Command (IET). Maj. Gen. Karen Ledoux, commanding general, 88th Regional Support Command accepted the award for the 88th Regional Support Command and Brig. Gen. Allan Elliott, deputy commanding general, 108th Training Command (IET) received the award for the 108th Training Command on behalf of Maj. Gen Robert Stall, the commanding general.

"The 88th Regional Support Command (RSC) and 108th Training Command are no strangers to the process of improvement and innovation," stated Lesniak. "Both units continually demonstrate excellence in process management and have been winners and runner-ups in this competition over the years. The 88th RSC provides exceptional base-operations support to Army Reserve Soldiers, civilians, Families, units and facilities. The 108th Training Command has always achieved high standards as the primary provider of drill sergeants for the Army Reserve."

The overall winner, 88th RSC and the runner-up, 108th Training Command (IET) will receive a monitory award of $400,000 and $200,000, respectively, for funding organizational programs that enhance program management, process improvement and benefits their commands as a whole.