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Georgia National Guard Wins 2013 Army Communities of Excellence Award

April 18, 2013

GA Nat'l Guard Award 2013Rep. Phil Gingrey stood before the Speaker of the House on April 9 to honor the Georgia Army National Guard’s accomplishment in the 2013 Army Communities of Excellence (ACOE) awards competition. Gingrey expressed his gratitude and admiration for the organization. “It is a source of pride to see Georgia’s own National Guard recognized for excellence. These servicemen and women have gone above and beyond the call of duty to earn this prestigious award,” said Gingrey in extended remarks to Congress.

The ACOE program evaluates competing installations in several categories to determine their total Army readiness. The Georgia National Guard was selected as winner of the Overall Best Army National Guard Community of Excellence. This award acknowledges the Georgia Army National Guard as having the most efficient and effective business practices as compared to their 53 state and territory peers.

Consisting of more than 11,100 Citizen-Soldiers training in more than 80 hometown armories and regional facilities across the state, Georgia’s Army Guard is the eighth largest in the nation and includes combat, combat support and combat service support units. The Georgia Army National Guard is organized into five major subordinate commands: the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team of Macon; the 78th Homeland Response Force at Clay National Guard Center in Marietta; the 78th Aviation Troop Command, also at Clay; the 560th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade at Fort Gillem; and the 648th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade in Columbus at Fort Benning.

As winners, the Georgia National Guard’s earnings include $300,000 toward installation upgrades that will support soldiers and their families, retirees and civilian employees, improving the facilities and morale of all those serving.

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