SAN FRANCISCO -- The Association of Defense Communities named Maj. Gen. Nick Justice its Military Leader of the Year in a ceremony here today.
The commanding general of the Research, Development and Engineering Command and Aberdeen Proving Ground was singled out for the prestigious award for his work inside and outside the APG gates as the installation transforms itself into one of the premier science and technology hubs on the east coast and in the Department of Defense, according to nominating officials.
Justice was one of six people or organizations to earn awards at the 2010 ADC Annual Conference, held here Aug. 8 -11.
Justice said the award was a significant honor, but it was not his alone.
"It really touches my heart because it is such a team effort from the community, the people here on the base, the garrison headquarters are really building a new environment, a new community for us. To have people across the country recognize the changes that are happening is very exciting," he said.
"I'm just a pretty face in the crowd that got to receive the recognition that is brought by literally hundreds of people in the community."
Harford County Maryland Executive David R. Craig, who nominated Justice, pointed to his ability to transcend the traditional boundaries and understand how the change will affect all involved.
"General Justice not only understand the effect BRAC will have on Aberdeen Proving Ground and our warfighters, he has a visionary appreciation of the long-term implications it will have on the economy of Harford County and Northeastern Maryland," he said.
"He also has a full understanding of the need for success on both sides of the fence. He's engaging, enthusiastic and committed to our growing defense community. It is an honor and a privilege to acknowledge his demonstrated dedication and leadership through his selection as ADC's Military Leader of the Year," Craig said.
Justice said the exciting nature of the transformation makes it easy for him to stay dedicated to improving APG.
"The change that's coming to Aberdeen is just amazing, and it's exciting to be a part of that. Every day is just such a learning experience and everyday something new and great is happening. I'd stay here for a decade if they would let me, and I mean that from my heart."