June 23, 2023

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin announced the 2023 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

The Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations.  The six recipients of this highly competitive presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.

Recipients of the 2023 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence are:

U.S. Army Garrison Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri
Senior Commander: Major General Christopher G. Beck U.S. Army
Garrison Commander: Colonel Anthony F. Pollio Jr., U.S. Army

Naval Station Mayport, Florida
Commanding Officer:  Rear Admiral Wesley R. McCall, U.S. Navy

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Georgia
Base Commander:  Colonel Michael J. Fitzgerald, U.S. Marine Corps

Royal Air Force Lakenheath, United Kingdom
Commanding Officer:  Brigadier General Joseph L. Campo, U.S. Air Force

Peterson Space Force Base, Colorado
Commanding Officer:  Colonel David G. Hanson, U.S. Space Force

Defense Distribution  San Joaquin, California
Commanding Officer:  Colonel Kevin M. Chunn, U.S. Marine Corps

Installations compete on how well they achieve the Department’s objectives in several areas of installation management, including mission support, energy conservation, quality of life and unit morale, environmental stewardship, real property management, safety, health and security, communications, and public relations.

Excellent installations enable better mission performance and enhance the working and living conditions for military men and women, DoD civilians, and their families.  Each of the winning installations succeeded at being the best in performing installation management within their military service and the Defense Logistics Agency.  Each winning installation will receive a commemorative trophy, flag, and a congratulatory letter from the President.

For information about each winning installation’s accomplishments, visit http://www.acq.osd.mil/EIE.



About Fort Leonard Wood

Fort Leonard Wood is a thriving and prosperous installation that has evolved from a small basic training post 80 years ago to a premier Army Center of Excellence that trains nearly 80,000 military and civilians each year.

Fort Leonard Wood is home to the U.S Army Maneuver Support Center of Excellence and three U.S. Army schools: the U.S. Army Engineer School; U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School; and the U.S. Army Military Police School. In addition to training engineer, CBRN and military police specialties for the Army, Fort Leonard Wood also provides gender-integrated in-processing and Basic Combat Training for new Soldiers.

Fort Leonard Wood also hosts and trains with the largest Marine Corps Detachment and Air Force Squadron on any Army installation as well as a large Navy construction detachment.

More information about Fort Leonard Wood is at: https://home.army.mil/wood/index.php/about/mission