Keesler AFB, Miss., is one of five US military installations to receive the 2013 Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award, announced Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. “The award recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain US military installations,” states the Pentagon’s May 20 release. It reflects the “excellent working, housing, and recreational conditions” at these installations that allow for “better mission performance and quality of life for its personnel and family members,” states the release. Keesler, like the other winners, will receive a commemorative trophy and flag as well as a congratulatory letter from President Obama. The other winners are: Army Garrison Fort Rucker, Ala.; Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif.; Naval Support Activity Panama City, Fla.; and Defense Logistics Agency Land and Maritime in Ohio. Davis-Monthan AFB, Ariz., was the Air Force’s winning installation in 2012.
Lessons from the KC-46 and F-35 will prove useful for the testing community in the years to come, said Nickolas Guertin, the nominee to be director of operational test and evaluation for the Pentagon, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Oct. 19.