VICENZA, Italy- The U.S. Army Installation Management Command has recognized USAG Vicenza for having the best Family and MWR Community Recreation Program in the Army for 2012.

USAG Vicenza FMWR is "highly deserving of this prestigious award. They have all worked tirelessly to support our Soldiers and Families as well as the entire community," said USAG Vicenza Commander, Col. David Buckingham.

"I have been very impressed with the Community Recreation Division and the programs they provide to the community," said garrison DFMWR director Christopher Bradford. "This award further confirms just how outstanding their team is. I appreciate the passion and effort that went into winning the title of Best in the Army."

The CRD has offered outstanding programs over the past year, among them the Blue Star Card program, Arts and Crafts Center, Sports, Fitness and Aquatics, Soldiers' Theatre, the Ederle Library, the Auto Skills Center, the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers program and Vicenza Outdoor Recreation, with its travel and sports activities for the whole community, and the Warrior Adventure Quest program for Soldiers returning from deployment that is now the model for the entire U.S. Army.

"It is a tremendous honor to be a part of our Community Recreation Team and for us to be recognized with this prestigious award," said Aaron Goodman, Chief of Community Recreation.

"Everyone is working so hard to provide exceptional programs and quality customer service throughout the year. We try to give our customers the opportunity to tell us what they want, and act on their feedback," he said.

"This award is truly a shared award with our entire FMWR team as well as the other agencies on post," said Goodman.