Air Education and Training Command Public Affairs
10/19/2012 - JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-RANDOLPH, Texas -- One
Air Education and Training Command installation won the highest
command-level honor they can possibly receive -- two years in a row.
AETC Commander Gen. Edward A. Rice Jr. announced the 81st Training Wing
at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss., as the AETC winner of the
Commander-In-Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence Monday.
"Keesler AFB represents the 'Best of the Best' in Air Education and
Training Command and is truly deserving of this recognition," said Rice
in a nomination letter to Headquarters Air Force. "Keesler's leaders and
personnel have created an environment promoting innovation and pride in
ownership to enhance base-level services, facilities, and
A few examples of Keesler's efforts include expanding the recycling
program, renovating dormitories, improving the medical evaluation board
case completion time, and reducing errors in deployment out-processing
by 20 percent, among a plethora of other achievements.
The Commander-in-Chief's Installation Excellence Award is a presidential
award for exemplary support of Defense Department missions, and is the
highest award a military installation can receive. The CINC's IEA was
created in 1984.
The AETC winner was selected by a board of command senior leaders from many different career fields.
"Competition was tough this year with 10 (AETC) bases competing for this
prestigious title and bragging rights," said Félix Colón, AETC's award
program manager for CINC IEA and Civil Engineer Annual Awards. "Keesler
AFB placed third last year at the Air Force-level competition with only
two points separating them from the second place winner."
Luke and Sheppard AFBs came in second and third, respectively. Colón
said the two bases actually tied for second so a tiebreaker had to be
used to separate them. Luke AFB won the tiebreaker with more perfect
scores than Keesler AFB.