PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (NNS) -- Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced May 20 that Naval Support Activity (NSA) Panama City was one of the 2013 recipients of the Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.
The Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations. The recipients of this highly competitive presidential award were selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.
The release from the Office of the Secretary of Defense said that installation excellence enables better mission performance and enhances the quality of life for service members and their families. Each winning installation succeeded in providing excellent working, housing and recreational conditions.
"Your hard work and innovative 'out of the box' solutions to complex problems have been recognized at the highest levels of our chain of command, and I have been blessed to lead such a focused and innovative group of professionals," said NSA Panama City Commanding Officer Cmdr. Tony Anglin, in congratulating the workforce. "Through your hard work and dedication, you have greatly enhanced the quality of life for our personnel and our tenant commands."
The Commander in Chief award follows NSA Panama City being named the winner of the Commander Navy Installation Command (CNIC) small installation category for 2013, announced last December. CNIC is comprised of 11 regions and 72 bases worldwide. Naval Air Station Jacksonville was the winner in the large installation category.
"This year's competition and all nomination packages reflected the great accomplishments that CNIC installations made worldwide," said Rear Adm. Jack Scorby, Commander Navy Region Southeast. "NSA Panama City has consistently been a leader in advancing the CNIC mission of enabling today's warfighter and supporting the force of tomorrow. In 2012 NSA Panama City excelled in the categories of energy conservation, environmental protection, community outreach and providing outstanding quality of life for Navy personnel. Cmdr. Anglin and his team are truly deserving of this recognition."
The NSA Panama City team exceeded the demanding requirements in support of the diverse operations of its 18 tenant commands and other activities, while providing excellent customer services and quality of life for service members and their families who live and work aboard the installation. Over the past year, NSA Panama City coordinated more than 13,000 mishap-free vessel missions while providing a full range of services to Fleet exercises, Joint Services diver training, research and development and advanced technology demonstrations.
As a leader in workplace safety, NSA Panama City reduced workplace mishaps by 27%, and civilian injuries have declined by 36% in the past year. In June 2012, NSA Panama City earned two Chief of Naval Operations awards and a Secretary of the Navy award for environmental stewardship. In October 2012, NSA Panama City earned the Secretary of the Navy Platinum Award for Energy and Water Conservation, reducing energy use with automated energy management and equipment upgrades. Military and civilian personnel executed 324 community relations projects totaling more than 9,400 hours of service. NSA Panama City and Bay County, Fla. were recognized by the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for streamlining communications with local municipalities and the state of Florida, and made major strides toward full implementation of the highly successful Joint Land Use Study.
Anglin attributed the command's success to optimal use of available resources, while focusing on innovative management actions to increase overall productivity.
"Team NSA Panama City shares this award with our very supportive commands and our partners in the local communities of Panama City Beach and Bay County," Anglin said. "We all worked together to accomplish our missions and objectives on both sides of the fence line, and we are all winners."
Other recipients were the U.S. Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Ala.; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Keesler Air Force Base, Biloxi, Miss.; and Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime, Columbus, Ohio.
Each winning installation will receive a commemorative commander in chief's award trophy and flag, along with a congratulatory letter from President Obama.