ANNISTON ARMY DEPOT, Ala.-Leadership from the Installation Management Command-Southeast Region Office's Morale, Welfare and Recreation division presented an award to the depot's MWR staff here on May 30 for reaching the highest level of excellence within its roles and responsibilities.

The SERO MWR Award of Excellence was given to the depot team for its performance in hosting the recent region MWR conference. Only three of these awards have been presented since IMCOM's activation in 2006.

In April, about 15 MWR representatives from Army garrisons within the Southeast Region Office spent a few days on the installation touring the depot and conducting its annual conference.

"Thank you for a great job," said Jared Williams, director of SERO's MWR division. "You hosted us during this important conference even during the planning of your Employee Appreciation Day activities."

The depot's MWR staff is part of the Directorate of Community and Family Activities. It operates and manages all supervised MWR activities on the installation to include the Skills Development Center, Community Club, Community Activities Center, Physical Fitness Center, outdoor recreational programs, the Child Development Center, food operations and the Recycling Center.

IMCOM, formerly the Installation Management Agency, is a single organization with six regional offices worldwide and is headquartered in Arlington, Va. It oversees all facets of installation management such as construction; barracks and Family housing; Family care; food management; environmental programs; well-being; Soldier and Family morale, welfare and recreation programs; logistics; public works and installation funding.

James A. Carroll award

The depot's recycling center received a 2007 James A. Carroll award for being the best of its kind in salvaging various resources used in mission-related functions.

Each year only a handful of Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities receive this award for the highest standards of excellence in service and management.

Thelma McCullough, chief of recycling at the depot, was notified early last year that her organization was a recipient of this award, but the awards ceremony never took place because of cuts in the Army's travel budget.

During their May 30 presentation at the depot, the IMCOM-SERO MWR leaders recognized McCullough and her team for the success of their program.

ANAD recycled more than 51 million pounds of recyclables in fiscal year 2006, said McCullough. The recycling program here added new, innovative methods of recycling items used at the depot. For instance, the recycling center found a way to create usable land in places where there wasn't by using wood chips to control soil erosion and create landscape.

"I cannot take credit for this award," said McCullough. "I just want to thank everyone in recycling for letting me be a part of the team."