SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- Employees, patrons and service members celebrated as the Navy Exchange (NEX) Guam received the Bingham Award during a ceremony at the NEX main complex on U.S. Naval Base Guam Aug. 23.
The award was named after Capt. W.H. Bingham, who in 1946 was directed by the Secretary of the Navy to establish the Navy Exchange system. NEX Guam won the award in the top sales category reporting revenue of $85 million or more in fiscal year (FY) 2012.
NEX Services Command (NEXCOM) CEO Robert Bianchi presented the award and offered his congratulations to the team on their success.
"Winning this Bingham Award represents a tremendous achievement on the part of all the store associates and managers as well as the base community," he said. "Today's celebration exemplifies the spirit, dedication and professionalism of all our associates; and Navy Exchange Guam associates take to heart the mission of our command at NEXCOM which is to provide quality goods and services at a savings and to support Navy's quality-of-life programs. Navy Exchange Guam knows the true meaning of customer service. Your selection is well-deserved and your accomplishments are many."
U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) Commanding Officer Capt. Mike Ward commended employees for their hard work and dedication which earned the facility their seventh Bingham Award in 10 years.
"We are thousands of miles from the mainland but to pull off this kind of operation and logistics supply chain just in time...to do that so well and deliver time and again is an extraordinary achievement," he said.
NEX Guam main Store Manager Joy Madison said she was honored to be part of a team driven by enthusiastic and dedicated employees.
"We're just extremely proud of our team for receiving that award," she said. "A lot of effort goes into making sure we're supporting the quality of life not only to the Sailors but their families; and living in a remote island there are definitely some challenges that they wouldn't have stateside so we're charged with making sure with that responsibility that we can support the family. So it's a great sense of accomplishment for the team here that we did do something right."
In FY 2012 NEX Guam donated an estimated $1 million to quality-of-life programs on NBG including MWR Guam.
"We're investing back into the community," Madison said. "Our business is built on supporting the military and their families so we're giving back to them and it encourages them to support this business."
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