Washington, D.C. – Wednesday at the Pentagon, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa congratulated Captain Richard Kitchens and leaders of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam as they were awarded the 2011 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence. The award is the highest honor a Department of Defense installation can receive. The Joint Base was one of five recipients.
Awards are given to installations that show exemplary support of Department of Defense missions, increase productivity of the workforce, provide excellent working, housing, and recreational conditions, and enhance the quality of life for military men and women and their families.
“I want to applaud Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam for bringing home this highly competitive presidential award,” said Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa. “It is a testament to their commitment and dedication to keeping the United States safe and secure, while taking care of the brave men and women in uniform who put their lives on the line to protect us. We are very fortunate to have such a prestigious military installation call Hawaii home.”
In a press release, the Department of Defense said Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Hawaii “excelled as the host port for Rim of the Pacific 2010, the largest and most complex international naval exercise in the world, providing flawless port services and support to participating ships and submarines from seven nations in direct and enduring support of our maritime strategy.” The Joint Base also received praise for their innovative technologies to reach energy and environmental conservation initiatives.