Fort Leonard Wood receives Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence

By Susan A. Merkner, IMCOM Public AffairsJune 29, 2023

Lt. Gen. Omar Jones (left), commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Copeland (right), present the 2023 Best Garrison Award to Col. Anthony Pollio, Fort Leonard Wood commander (second from left), and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Castleberry on June 6 at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas.
Lt. Gen. Omar Jones (left), commanding general of U.S. Army Installation Management Command, and IMCOM Command Sgt. Maj. Jason Copeland (right), present the 2023 Best Garrison Award to Col. Anthony Pollio, Fort Leonard Wood commander (second from left), and Fort Leonard Wood Command Sgt. Maj. Danny Castleberry on June 6 at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas. (Photo Credit: Photo by Maria Gallegos, IMCOM Public Affairs) VIEW ORIGINAL
Participants practice an active-shooter scenario during a full-scale exercise at Fort Leonard Wood, which received the 2023 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence in the U.S. Army. The garrison is home to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and numerous other schools and training missions, and generates 80,000 Soldiers and Civilians to the force each year.
Participants practice an active-shooter scenario during a full-scale exercise at Fort Leonard Wood, which received the 2023 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence in the U.S. Army. The garrison is home to U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, and numerous other schools and training missions, and generates 80,000 Soldiers and Civilians to the force each year. (Photo Credit: Photo by Angi Betran, Fort Leonard Wood Public Affairs Office) VIEW ORIGINAL

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.

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