For a record seventh time, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is the Army Community of Excellence gold winner.

The Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management announced the 2019 win on March 6. Previously, Stewart-Hunter won gold in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2012, and 2015. Last year, the installation secured a bronze award.

The win is indicative of the garrison workforce's commitment to providing the best services possible to the installation's Soldiers, Families, and other supported populations, said garrison commander Col. Jason Wolter.
"Through continuous process improvement, the installation team evolves with the changing dynamics of the Army in order to ensure the readiness of our assigned Soldiers," Wolter said. "We also take care of their Families while Soldiers train and deploy. Reviewing our processes with periodic assessments ensures we make the best changes to operate effectively."

The exceptional teamwork between the installation and the local neighboring communities also assisted in winning gold, Wolter said.
"This award would not be possible without the exceptional teamwork from the Stewart-Hunter team and the partnerships we continue to build and sustain within our local communities," he said. "We are one team with the common goal of taking care of our Soldiers, Families, Retirees, and Civilians."

Wolter added the win is bittersweet because this is the final year for the ACOE award program.

Even though installations will not be recognized in this fashion in the coming years, Wolter said Stewart-Hunter's commitment will continue.

"As we continue to evolve as an Army and face constant change, the processes we have built will sustain us into the future," he said. "I challenge everyone to keep this momentum going and to continue improving Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield."

Other installations recognized are Fort Wainwright, Alaska, silver; Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Fort Riley, Kansas, bronze; and Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia, and Fort Drum, New York, honorable mention.