Along with bragging rights, the award brings with it a $500,000 check. The award money can be used only on community projects supporting further community excellence.
“I’m very proud of our team of Soldiers, Families, Department of the Army Civilians, contractors and volunteers who continue to make Fort Campbell such a special place to live and serve,” said Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) Commander, Maj. Gen. John Campbell. “This recognition further demonstrates how Fort Campbell continues to meet the challenges of taking care of our Soldiers and Families here at home while simultaneously providing the training resources necessary to ensure success during deployment. While this award is significant, we will not rest on our laurels as we will continue to seek innovative ways to improve the quality of life here on Fort Campbell.”
Garrison commander, Col. Perry Clark said the award validates what residents and employees of Fort Campbell already know. “We maintain that Fort Campbell is a world-class community and a great place to call ‘home,'” Clark said. “This award will help us further our goal to continue to build and improve on our existing programs.”
The Army Communities of Excellence program uses Baldrige Criteria to assess installations. Posts compete against the criteria rather than against each other.
In 2009, Fort Campbell was awarded $200,000 after they were named “Most Improved” in the ACOE competition.
A ceremony will be held at the Pentagon May 4.
First place was awarded to Fort Bragg, N.C.