JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- The Department of Defense announced Fort Leonard Wood as the U.S. Army’s best garrison and will award them with the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence during a virtual ceremony on July 14.
Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, was among six installations selected for being the best in performing installation management within their military service and the Defense Logistics Agency. The award recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations, and their exemplary support of Defense Department missions.
“It is a well-deserved honor for Fort Leonard Wood’s Army leaders, Soldiers, Families and Civilians to receive this extremely competitive award for excellence,” said Lt. Gen. Omar Jones, commanding general, U.S. Army Installation Management Command.
“IMCOM’s Service Culture encourages everyone throughout the command to perform at the highest levels while supporting their senior commander and customers, and this is exemplified by the outstanding work performed by the Fort Leonard Wood team,” Jones said.
Fort Leonard Wood’s senior commander is Maj. Gen. Christopher G. Beck and the Garrison Commander is Col. Anthony F. Pollio Jr.
Fort Leonard Wood was announced as the U.S. Army’s best garrison and DOD contender for the installation excellence award on June 6. Located in the Missouri Ozarks, the installation is home to the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and numerous other schools and training missions.
For the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, installations compete on how well they achieve DOD objectives in several areas of installation management, including mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, real property management, safety, health and security, communications, and public relations.
Other recipients of the 2023 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence are:
Naval Station Mayport, Florida: Commanding Officer: Rear Adm. Wesley R. McCall, U.S. Navy
Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia: Base Commander: Col. Michael J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Marine Corps
Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom: Commanding Officer: Brig. Gen. Joseph L. Campo, U.S. Air Force
Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado: Commanding Officer: Col. David G. Hanson, U.S. Space Force
Defense Distribution San Joaquin, California: Commanding Officer: Col. Kevin M. Chunn, U.S. Marine Corps
Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin announced the winners June 23. Each winning installation will receive a commemorative trophy, flag, and a congratulatory letter from the President.