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29 Palms Marines earn Commander in Chief's 'Installation Excellence Award'

May. 22, 2013 - 08:40PM   |  
A Marine walks past an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft barely visible through its own dust cloud after landing Jan. 31 in a remote training range of Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center.
A Marine walks past an MV-22B Osprey tiltrotor aircraft barely visible through its own dust cloud after landing Jan. 31 in a remote training range of Twentynine Palms Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center. (Crystal Chatham / The Desert Sun)
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The Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center has been recognized for an unprecedented fourth consecutive year by the Office of the President of the United States with the Commander in Chief’s Installation Excellence Award. This is the command’s fifth overall installation excellence recognition.

The award recognizes the efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations and is awarded to the top installation chosen among the four military services.

Known throughout the world as “The Combat Center,” the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is home to the Marine Air Ground Task Force Training Command and serves as the Marine Corps’ premier combined arms, live-fire and maneuver training installation.

During 2012, MAGTFTC provided training support to more than 50,000 Marines, sailors and joint and multi-national allies. The Combat Center’s unique training ranges and live-fire training capabilities make it the only training facility in the Defense Department where Marines can “train the way they fight” using the full Marine Corps weapons inventory in combat-like conditions.

In addition to its efforts toward this vital training mission, the Combat Center provided resident units and families with top-quality facilities, services and quality-of-life programs. More than $100 million in construction projects was completed last year, including a redeveloped child development center, an interactive Life-Long Learning Center, renovated fitness facilities, a new compound for 1st Tank Battalion and increased communications infrastructure. A newly constructed 9.2 Mega Watt co-generation plant helped the command achieve unprecedented energy savings, totaling $3 million saved by producing cleaner, cheaper more efficient energy and eliminating the need for separate heating, air-conditioning and water-temperature systems.

The Combat Center’s dedicated staff earned multiple accolades last year, including the Secretary of the Navy’s Environmental Award for cultural resource management, the National Safety Council’s Best Performance award for the fourth consecutive year, the “Best in the West” food service mess hall award for the third year in a row, the Point of Light award from President George W. Bush’s Point of Light Institute and the Defense Department’s “Best Way to Stretch a Dollar” award for improved business efficiency and cost savings.

“The Combat Center team continues a culture of strong leadership, innovative management and dedication to ensure the Combat Center remains the Marine Corps’ premier location for combined arms training,” Combat Center Public Affairs Officer Nick Mannweiler said.

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