REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--The Army Contracting Command and the Expeditionary Contracting Command have each been awarded the Army Superior Unit Award.

The two commands headquartered here attached the ASU streamer to their command flags in a ceremony June 25 during the ACC Senior Leaders Forum. They were recognized for "meritorious performance of a difficult and challenging mission," according to the award certificates. The awards cover the period from Oct. 1, 2010 to Sept. 30, 2011.

Brig. Gen Ted Harrison, ACC commanding general, attached the streamer to the ACC flag. Bryan Samson, ECC executive director, attached the streamer to the ECC flag.

Harrison said the award was recognition for the headquarters staffs' ability to adapt and overcome significant challenges such as moving the two headquarters from Fort Belvoir, Virginia, to Redstone Arsenal, and the April 2011 tornado outbreak that left Redstone Arsenal without power for a week.

He said when the award was created, it included a lapel pin that civilians belonging to the organization could wear. It is a permanent award for military and civil servants assigned to the unit during the award period.

"I want to make sure our civilians get the lapel pins because they deserve them," he said.

The awards said both units coordinated several humanitarian response missions, supported combat operations in two theaters, and organized contract support to U.S. forces throughout the world. ACC and ECC continued to "improve contracting support and oversight to U.S. forces through this time period," the citations read.

According to Ronnie McDaniel, Military Personnel Division chief, ACC Deputy Chief of Staff, Human Capital G-1, Soldiers who are in the unit now can wear it during their assignment here, he said. Civilians who were here during the award period can wear a lapel pin permanently; those that came after the period can wear it while assigned to the headquarters.

The Army Superior Unit Award lapel pin is authorized for issue and wear by Department of the Army civilians in the employ of a unit awarded the Army Superior Unit Award, he added. The lapel pin is also authorized for optional purchase and wear on civilian clothing by qualified military personnel.