Vice Adm. Mary Jackson, commander, Navy Installations Command (CNIC), announced Dec. 18 that Naval Air Station Jacksonville (NAS Jax) was named the second place winner of the 2018 CNIC Installation Excellence Award (IEA) (large category) worldwide. Naval Base San Diego earned first place recognition. CNIC is comprised of 10 regions and more than 70 bases worldwide.

“This recognition of NAS Jax means that we are the number one naval air station in the world!” said NAS Jax Commanding Officer Capt. Michael Connor. “We earned this for our outstanding efforts in shore installation management and I am so very proud of our team.”

The competition was intense, but NAS Jax displayed a well-defined understanding of CNIC and Office of the Secretary of Defense strategic goals and fiscal austerity in execution of its mission.

Connor immediately congratulated base personnel. “While we certainly believe we should be in first place, this recognition at the three-star level, validates what we know – NAS Jax provides the very best customer service to the fleet, fighter, and family and has taken on meaningful initiatives to better our installation, environment, and community,” he said. “Each of you had a part in this achievement, and I can’t thank you enough for your role and dedication. All of us should be proud of this recognition and achievement. You set the standard in Navy Region Southeast and are a model workforce for all of CNIC and the Navy.”

This recognition reflects the hard work by all who helped NAS Jax deliver 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 energy innovation and management actions to increase productivity.

Throughout the year, 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 along with visiting allied forces.

Its personnel approached every challenge with a leading-edge mentality and continued their unprecedented safety record earning their second consecutive Voluntary Protection Program certification.

“Competition this year was extremely keen, and each installation nomination package was impressive. The process again highlighted the superb work and myriad accomplishments of the dedicated shore team,” Jackson stated in her message. “To all of our installations, their outstanding leadership, and the world class support provided to the fleet, fighter, and family, we are all justifiably proud of your collective accomplishments. Bravo Zulu!”

Connor attributed the station’s 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, military members and their families are well cared for,” Connor said.

The third place winner in the large category was: Joint Base Pearl Harbor/Hickam. In the small category the winners were: NAS Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base placing first, followed by Camp Lemonnier Djibouti and Naval Support Facility Diego Garcia.