REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. -- Redstone's Deputy Fire Chief Robert Simmons received a prestigious award from the Installation Management Command.

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The Stalwart Award was developed for IMCOM and approved by the Office of the Secretary of the Army to recognize individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of performance and significantly contributed to the command’s success and responsibilities.

Simmons received the annual award June 6 in San Antonio, Texas, from IMCOM Commander Lt. Gen. Omar Jones. He was among 14 recipients recognized for their accomplishments during 2021. The awards were presented at the Garrison Command Training Conference, June 5-9, in San Antonio.

“I think everybody in the Garrison is very proud to have had him selected for such a prestigious award and I feel they could not have made a better selection,” Scott Throckmorton, the Garrison’s director of operations, said.

Simmons has served as the Redstone deputy fire chief since October 2017.

Before arriving here, Simmons was in Korea from 2012-14 and at Fort Leavenworth, Kan., from 2014-15.

His 23 years of service include the four years he served as a Soldier from 2000-04, leaving the Army as a specialist. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom; he was in Iraq in 2003.

A native of Kelso, Tennessee, he shared his thoughts on receiving the Stalwart Award.

“I found it to be very humbling to be amongst such great IMCOM leaders,” Simmons, 42, said.

His Stalwart Award citation reads: “Mr. Simmons served as the fie and emergency services representative on the Army’s FirstNet working group, and his technical knowledge in public-safety communications was critical in the implementation of IMCOM OPORD 20-047. His research and testing of wireless first-responder communications led to numerous best practices being integrated into future orders. His work at all levels of Army leadership ensured FirstNet was deployed to every Army installation. For these and other accomplishments, Mr. Simmons is recognized as an IMCOM stalwart.”

Simmons’ hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking and camping. “Basically, if it involves the woods, I like doing it,” he said.

He also enjoys playing baseball. He plays catcher for the North Alabama Indians in the Roy Hobbs Over 40 League which has games in Decatur and Huntsville.

“I’m just very thankful for the opportunity to work for the Army and IMCOM,” Simmons said. “I’ve spent my entire career working in garrisons.”