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Stewart, Hunter win Army Excellence again
Col Kevin Milton
Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Milton speaks at an earlier news conference. Thursday, he said the award was awarded because of the dedication of soldiers and civilian workers on Fort Stewart and Hunter. - photo by File photo

For the fifth time, Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield is bringing home gold in this year's Army Community of Excellence awards. The installation also was recognized for a separate best practice award.

Stewart-Hunter won first place in the ACOE awards in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2009. The latest recognition by the Army showcases the installation's dedication to soldiers and families, Garrison Commander Col. Kevin Milton said.

"Taking gold in the ACOE competition for a fifth time is proof Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield is the best installation in the U.S. Army to train, deploy, live and raise a military family," Milton said. "I'm excited about this accomplishment. It is a testament to the hard work and resiliency of the soldiers, families, and Army civilians that live and work here."

Stewart-Hunter began its journey toward excellence 14 years ago with the implementation of an installation strategic planning process that’s sole focus is to provide a safe, secure and responsive community that enhances the installation’s ability to meet national security objectives.

Simply put, all the planning and strategy translates to making Stewart-Hunter a great place, Milton said.

"We truly are the Southern living station of choice,'" he said. "With the support of our neighbors, together we make the word home a warm and welcoming reality for our soldiers and families."

The best practice award recognizes the directorates of logistics and public works for implementing a centralized hazardous-material management process for petroleum, oil and lubricant liquids that tracks their use and disposal from cradle to grave.

Following its 2009 win, the installation had to sit out two years in keeping with the Army's procedures on ACOE.

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