WIESBADEN, Germany - After being named the 2011 Army Chief of Staff's Army Communities of Excellence Gold Award winner in 2011, this year the U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden celebrates having maintained that high-level standard.

USAG Wiesbaden was selected as the recipient of the 2012 Army Chief of Staff Army Communities of Excellence "Sustained Excellence" Award.

"The CSA announced March 5 that USAG Wiesbaden is this year's Army Communities of Excellence 'Sustained Excellence' Award winner," said Arne Curtis, director of USAG Wiesbaden's Plans, Analysis and Integration Office. "This follows Wiesbaden's 2011 ACOE Gold Award recognition as the best garrison in the Army.

"The 'Sustained Excellence' award is an ACOE award category for garrisons that are ineligible to re-compete for gold due to a previous win," Curtis said, explaining that the ACOE selection committee chooses the organization that was best able to maintain previously demonstrated levels of excellence during the award year."

"I am incredibly proud of you and your respective teams for your efforts in making the USAG Wiesbaden community the best garrison in the Army for the second year in a row," said Col. David Carstens, USAG Wiesbaden commander, in a congratulatory email to the workforce. "This achievement is indicative of the hard work, attention to detail and pride you and your directorates place on every facet of our operations and services."

In competing for the Army-wide recognition, garrisons must show excellence in all aspects of day-to-day operations. That includes outstanding strategic planning and follow-through, community partnership, efforts to safeguard the environment and save resources, and above all, provide the "very best quality of life and support" to Soldiers, Civilians and their Families. Projects such as the Ecoprofit initiative, whereby the garrison partners with host nation organizations to jointly work on energy-saving programs, were instrumental in helping USAG Wiesbaden "sustain excellence."

"This is the highest category we could have possibly achieved following last year's gold award recognition as the best garrison in the Army," Carstens said. … "The ACOE selection committee chooses for this award the garrison that was best able to maintain unprecedented levels of excellence during the year and secure the well-being of our Soldiers, Civilians and their Families.

"This is a community where I would most want to raise my family," Carstens added. "That is the highest level of praise I can pass along to you."

A ceremony to recognize all of the 2012 ACOE award recipients will be held May 1 at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va.