Skip to main content (Press Enter).
Search Kentucky Guard:
Search Kentucky Guard:
KYNG Officers Serving at the National Level
About the Kentucky National Guard
KYNG in WWI
Disaster Assistance, Kentucky Emergency Management
State Partnership Programs
Garrison Training Centers
Logos & Graphics
Bluegrass Guard Magazine
Community Engagement Requests (Flyovers, Static Displays, Band, Color Guard)
Education and Incentives
Equal Employment Opportunity
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
Ky. Department of Military Affairs
Ky. Military Records (e.g., DD214, discharge paperwork, separation documents)
ID Cards, DEERS Office
Employment Verification Request
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
FOIA Reading Room
75th Troop Command
Benefits & Resources
Family Assistance Center
Military Spouse Assistance
Child & Youth Services
KY Youth ChalleNGe
Yellow Ribbon Reintegration Program
Suicide Prevention Assistance
Sexual Assault Prevention & Response
Substance Abuse Program
Survivor Outreach Services
Fort Knox earns Community of Excellence award
May 13, 2014 |
Lynsie Dickerson, The Gold Standard
[caption id="" align="alignright" width="270"]
The Army Communities of Excellence program is based on the principle that communities support people best by combining excellent services with excellent facilities in a quality environment. ACOE Awards, which have been presented since 1989, are given annually to the Army installations scoring highest in the Army Communities of Excellence competition.
FORT KNOX, Ky.
Fort Knox has taken home the bronze award in the 2014 Army Communities of Excellence competition.
“It’s a program that focuses on continuous process improvement and performance excellence,” said Derek Avey, a management and program analyst who helped put together the application packet.
Criteria for the ACoE program is based on the Malcolm Baldrige Award, a national award focused on recognizing performance excellence. Key categories are leadership, strategic planning, customer focus, knowledge and information management, workforce focus, operations focus, and results.
“I couldn’t be prouder of the garrison team,” said Col. T.J. Edwards, Fort Knox garrison commander. “This award is a testament to the high-caliber professionals we have who dedicate themselves each and every day to being the best stewards of taxpayer dollars and the environment.”
Applying for the ACoE award is a yearlong process, Avey said. The application packet includes about 30 pages of criteria response, about 20 pages of results and is usually submitted in September. Packets are evaluated and each competing installation is given a score. A senior evaluation team determines the winners based on input by subject matter experts.
“The good things we have are our leadership, our planning capability, our ability to change as an organization, quickly,” Avey said, adding that Fort Knox has also been recognized for its Department of Defense Blue Ribbon School; Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation programs; and environ-mentally- and energy-sound facilities.
[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="252"]
The Fort Knox hazardous material turn in program was one of the best practices recognized in the Army Communities of Excellence award bestowed on the garrison.
“Our energy, environmental and service contract efforts were singled out by U.S. Army Installation Command as being best practices,” Edwards said. “Great credit, in particular, goes to the individuals working in those areas. Our Plans, Analysis, and Integration Office employees deserve particular recognition as well because of their hard work in presenting these areas and more to IMCOM for consideration. In all, the award really is the result of an all-around Garrison team effort. I am humbled to be able to lead this amazing team.”
This is not the first time Fort Knox has won an award in the competition. The installation won the exemplary practice award in 2012, honorable mention in 2011, bronze in 2009 and several awards for placing in the top three in the mid to late ‘90s.
Fort Knox will receive $30,000 for winning the bronze award, and garrison leadership will determine how the money will be spent, Avey said.
“The significance (of winning this award) is it tells the Army that…we do a lot of great things, all the time, every day, supporting the Soldiers and their Families” as well as retirees, suppliers, contractors and other team members, Avey said. “It’s a holistic award that I think just lets the Army recognize and lets Soldiers throughout the world know that Fort Knox is a top-notch installation.”
“Our team of professionals approaches everything we do with the mindset of setting the gold standard for the entire Army,” Edwards said. “With this approach, we’ve been successful in achieving results and maintaining a first-rate quality of life for the Army Family that works, lives and plays at Fort Knox. This is truly a team effort.”
Select a Category
...123rd Airlift Wing
...138th Field Artillery Brigade
...149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade
......103rd CHEM BN
......198th MP BN
......201st EN BN
......206th EN BN
...63rd Theater Aviation Brigade
......751st Troop Command
...75th Troop Command
...Joint Force Headquarters
......Child and Youth
......KY Youth ChalleNGe
......Recruiting and Retention
......Resilience, Risk Reduction & Suicide
......State Partnership Program
......Survivor Outreach Services
...Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
......Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
......Black History Month
......Hispanic Heritage Month
......Women's History Month
...Governor of Kentucky
...Harold L. Disney Training Center
...Sexual Harassment/Assault Response
...Thunder over Louisville
...Wendell H. Ford Regional Training Center
Select a Year
Title A > Z
Title Z > A