The Army’s Office of the Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management recently announced that Fort McCoy earned the Bronze Award in the active Army category in the 2019 Army Communities of Excellence competition.

Fort McCoy last earned Army Communities of Excellence honors in 2018 in the same category with a Silver Award. The post also earned a Bronze Award in the 2017 competition.

Army Communities of Excellence is an annual competition that uses the Baldrige Framework for Performance Excellence to evaluate Army installations, said Fort McCoy Plans, Analysis and Integration Office chief Ken Musselwhite. The framework is based on seven criteria: leadership, strategic planning, customers, knowledge management, workforce, operations and results.

“Fort McCoy’s competitive strengths are its workforce, which is always willing to go the extra mile for the customer, and its ability to develop and follow five-year strategic business plans,” Musselwhite said.

The Army community is the backbone of Army readiness, according to Installation Management Command. Army forces train at, deploy from, are sustained by, and return to the community. Army Communities of Excellence awards have been presented since 1989.

For the 2019 competition in the active Army category, U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Stewart/Hunter Army Airfield, Georgia., earned the Gold Award. The Silver Award winner was U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Riley, Kansas, also was a Bronze Award recipient. Honorable Mention went to U.S. Army Garrison, Fort A.P. Hill, Virigina. and U.S. Army Garrison, Fort Drum, New York.

A local recognition ceremony will be held later in 2019.

“In the end, ACOE is about continuous improvement and ensuring we have systems in place that allow us to see ourselves so we can continue to improve,” said Installation Management Command Readiness director Brenda Lee McCullough. “Awesome job to all our winners.”

Gold Award winners go on to compete for the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence, which includes the other military services.

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