Andrews awarded for installation excellence

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  • By Senior Airman Preston Webb
  • 11th Wing Public Affairs
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced July 6 that Joint Base Andrews is one of five recipients of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

JB Andrews competed for the award after winning the 2015 Air Force Installation Excellence award in March.

Established by former President Ronald Reagan in 1985, the CINC Award recognizes the efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The award encourages commanders to create an environment promoting innovative and creative ways of enhancing base-level services, facilities and quality of life.

"We are honored to be recognized as a leader of innovation and quality of life within the Department of Defense," said Col. Brad Hoagland, a 11th Wing and JB Andrews commander. "The Airmen, Sailors, Soldiers, and Marines of Team Andrews work tirelessly every day to ensure the mission never stops at 'America's Airfield' while ensuring the military members and their families are continually cared for."

JB Andrews distinguished itself as a leader in energy efficiency, water conservation, and environmental protection. By bundling energy and water projects, the base is poised to save $450,000 annually by reducing consumption.

The base also spearheaded a partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture to mitigate wildlife hazards. This unique partnership ensured that wildlife in the area remains protected with no impact to the installation's critical missions.

The five recipients of this presidential award were selected for their support of DOD missions. Each winning installation will receive a commemorative CINC award trophy, flag and a congratulatory letter from the president.