NAS Jax named Navy's 'best' for 2nd consecutive year


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Naval Air Station Jacksonville was named the Navy winner of the 2013 Commander, Navy Installations Command Installation Excellence Award for its outstanding efforts in shore installation management. NAS was selected from 72 bases in 11 regions worldwide.

Vice Adm. William French, commander, Navy Installations Command, said the competition was intense, but NAS Jacksonville displayed a well-defined understanding of strategic goals and fiscal austerity in execution of its mission.

NAS Jacksonville Commanding Officer, Capt. Bob Sanders, immediately congratulated base personnel saying, "It gives me great pleasure to announce that you have once again won the Installation Excellence Award as the best large installation in the United States Navy! I could not be more proud of each and every one of you and your accomplishments over the past year. Again, congratulations. I am very fortunate to a part of this amazing organization."

This award honors NAS Jax for delivering the most effective and efficient readiness from the shore. The station's synergistic 'One Team, One Fight' relationship with all tenant commands targeted the best use of available resources to ensure all accomplished their assigned missions, while at the same time focusing on innovative energy innovation and management actions that increase productivity.

Throughout the year, NAS Jax was the premier installation for delivering effective, sustained and improved shore readiness to its 14 home-based squadrons, sailors and civilian personnel, as well as supporting numerous joint commands, government agencies, and carrier readiness sustainment exercises, along with visiting allied forces.

Its personnel approached every challenge with a leading-edge mentality and continued their accident-free growth by exceeding the Chief of Naval Personnel mandated 75 percent mishap reduction goal.

Upon learning that NAS Jacksonville had won the award for the second consecutive year, Commander, Navy Region Southeast Rear Adm. Jack Scorby Jr. said that the men and women assigned to the installation had earned the recognition with a balance of initiative and hard work.

"This year's competition and all nomination packages reflected the great accomplishments that CNIC installations made worldwide," said Scorby. "However, for the second year in a row, NAS Jacksonville distinguished itself and made the best use of its available resources to accomplish its assigned missions. They continue to set the standard, and I couldn't be prouder of Capt. Sanders and his team of professionals."

Sanders attributed their continued success to conducting business using an integrated team approach that includes the support of Navy Southeast leadership, the Jacksonville Mayor, county, state, federal agencies and area communities.

"This award belongs not only to the NAS Jax Team, but also to the people of northeast Florida. They work with us throughout the year and ensure our mission and military and their families are well care for," Sanders said. "It is a happy day in Jacksonville."