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Commander, Navy Installations Command Selects NAS Jacksonville as ‘Best in the Navy’

By Miriam S. Gallet, Naval Air Station Jacksonville Public Affairs

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (NNS) — Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) announced Dec. 6 it has been named the winner of the 2011 Commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC) Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award (large category).

CNIC is comprised of 11 regions and 72 bases worldwide.

“It is my privilege to inform the military and civilian men and women of NAS Jax that our installation has been selected as this year’s Commander, Navy Installations Command winner for best Navy installation ‘large’ category,” said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay.

“This award reflects the hard work by all who help NAS Jax deliver the most effective and efficient readiness from the shore. Our synergistic ‘One Team, One Fight’ relationship targeted the best use of available resources to ensure all accomplished their assigned missions – while at the same time focusing on innovative management actions that increase productivity. ‘Bravo Zulu’ to all and thank you for what you and your teams do every day,” he said.

In its mission to support the fleet, fighter, family throughout 2011, NAS Jax was the premier installation for delivering effective, sustained and improved shore readiness to its 15 home-based squadrons, Sailors and civilian personnel, as well as supporting numerous joint commands, government agencies and carrier readiness sustainment exercises. Its personnel approached every challenge with a leading-edge mentality and continued their unprecedented, accident-free growth by exceeding the Chief of Naval Personnel mandated 75 percent mishap reduction goal in addition to being almost 70 percent below the industry standards, among many other accomplishments.

CNIC Vice Adm. Michael Vitale extended congratulations to the NAS Jax team. “I congratulate and send my heartfelt Bravo Zulu to NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer Capt. Jeffrey Maclay and his team for their outstanding leadership in winning the FY 2011 Commander Navy Installations Command Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence,” said Vitale.

“Competition this year was very tight and all nomination packages were impressive and spoke to all of the great accomplishments that CNIC installations made worldwide. However, NAS Jacksonville distinguished itself and made the best use of its available resources to accomplish its assigned missions, while at the same time focusing on innovative management actions to increase the productivity of its work force. Through your hard work and dedication, the NAS Jax team has also enhanced the quality of life for all personnel and the tenant commands. Great job,” he concluded.

“I was delighted by the news that Navy Region Southeast’s (NRSE) nominee to CNIC for the 2011 Installation Excellence Award had been selected as this year’s Navywide winner,” said Commander, NRSE Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr.

“All 16 installations in the region did a remarkable job in 2011, and I’m proud of all of them. However, the demonstrated joint commitment of NAS Jax and its tenant commands to the fleet, fighter and family enabled them to be selected for this prestigious award,” he added.

Placing second and third in the competition were Naval Base Coronado and Naval Base Kitsap, Wash., respectively.

NAS Jax will now go on to compete at the Department of Defense level. Results of the competition are expected early next year.

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