On Monday, June 19, Fort Rucker was recognized as the recipient of the Army Community of Excellence Silver Award.

Fort Rucker Commanding General Major Gen. William K. Gayler and Garrison Commander Shannon T. Miller accepted the trophy, ACOE streamer and $60,000 check from the Army for the honor.

The $60,000 will be used "to benefit the entire Fort Rucker Community – improving the quality of life for our soldiers, civilians and family members."

Gayler thanked all those who helped Fort Rucker receive the award.

"Any award that Fort Rucker receives, it is truly because of the relationships that we feel with our surrounding Wiregrass communities," Gayler said. "This is a big deal. Again, Fort Rucker was recognized as an Army Community of Excellence recipient, and that is a special thing because the sole purpose for the criteria used that are used is for measuring how well this place performs its primary functions of caring for our soldiers and their families. That is an incredible honor to be recognized for fulfilling your purpose."

Gayler described the Wiregrass as "an incredible place to live, to serve, to work and to play."

"One thing I didn't want to miss was the opportunity to say thanks to the workforce," he said. "Whether you are in a section, a department a directorate or anything on this installation that has anything to do with our soldiers and providing for their families, thanks. A very sincere thanks."

Miller thanked not only the garrison workers for their work, but also the local communities for their support.

"Today is a great day for (Fort Rucker) where we can recognize the many contributions of our garrison workers and also our community partners," she said. "The recognition doesn't happen without efforts from the entire community."

During the ceremony, each directorate, office and team and those individuals who took part in a satellite visit by Installation Management Command (IMCOM) representatives were recognized for their part in helping Fort Rucker being named a Silver Award Winner.

Those directorates, offices and teams recognized are the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation; the Directorate of Human Resources; the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; the Directorate of Public Safety; the Directorate of Public Works; the Religious Support Office; the Consolidated Legal Office; the Equal Employment Opportunity Office; the Garrison Resource Management Office; the Garrison Safety Office; the Internal Review and Audit Compliance Office; the Plans, Analysis and Integration Office; the Public Affairs Office; the Eglin Army Support Team; and the Garrison Administration Office.

Those individuals recognized are Alfred Alexander, Traci Dunlap, and Elaina Provost with the Directorate of Human Resources; Patty Myles and Trevor Marshall with the Directorate of Public Works; David Agan with the Public Affairs Office; Amanda Alvarez with the Directorate of Public Safety; Ruth Gonzalez and Megan Royer with the Directorate of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation; Mimi Brooks with the Garrison Resource Management Office; Melissa Paterson with the Directorate of Plans, Training, Mobilization and Security; Robert Evans with the Directorate of Public Safety; and Nelson Newman with the Garrison Safety Office.

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