2011 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence

“I am confident that this search for excellence and innovations will yield many new and better ways of accomplishing our mission and at the same time honor those whose dedication has produced the best Defense organization in the world.”

-Ronald Reagan, on the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence

In 1985, President Ronald Reagan established the Commander in Chief Annual Award for Installation Excellence (CINC Award).  Accordingly, the Department of Defense initiated a Service-wide competition on behalf of the President.

President Reagan challenged the men and women of the DOD to search for installations where Defense personnel have done the best job with their resources to support the mission, and to seek-out the most imaginative solutions to the many complex problems they face.

In meeting the President’s challenge, the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, and Air Force conduct their own intra-service competitions.  (In 1988, the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) was added to this competition.)  An installation is identified in each Service  and DLA where the Command has done the best job with its resources to:  sustain the mission, increase productivity of the workforce, and enhance the quality of life.  Moreover, (DOD) enjoys innumerable and valuable benefits from this program, including recognition, competition, creative management, improvements, new ideas, and leadership.


US Army Garrison Wiesbaden


In 2010, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden executed the largest military construction program in Europe, employing creative solutions to enhance community services, energy and water conservation and host nation partnerships while concurrently supporting the integration of 5th Signal Command, the deployment and redeployment of 1st Armored Division headquarters, and the upcoming U.S. Army Europe headquarters move.  The Garrison surpassed its Fiscal Year 2013 energy goal by reducing its energy consumption 22.8 percent despite a 10 percent increase in its facilities footprint.  In addition, the Garrison reduced its water consumption by 19 million gallons.  The Garrison also received several impressive awards, including the Secretary of the Army’s Award for Efficiency and Energy Management, the ACS Center of Excellence Award, a USAREUR Deployment of Excellence Award, and the James A. Carroll Excellence in Management Award.

We also extend our congratulations to Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, California; Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Honolulu, Hawaii; Spangdahlem Air Base, Spangdahlem, Germany; Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime Columbus, Ohio.