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CORRECTED: Begich Congratulates Elmendorf for Excellence Award

Alaska base one of five military installations to win recognition

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich offered his praise and congratulations today to Elmendorf Air Force Base after Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced the Alaska air base is one of the five military installations across the country selected for the 2010 Commander in Chief's Annual Award for Installation Excellence.

According to the Department of Defense the prestigious award recognizes the outstanding and innovative efforts of the people who operate and maintain U.S. military installations and the five recipients are selected for their exemplary support of Department of Defense missions.

"Alaskans already know of the outstanding job done every day by Team Elmendorf and the 3rd Wing. It's thrilling to see the base receive this highly-competitive and important award," Begich said. "I congratulate Lt. Gen. Atkins, the 3rd Wing Commander Col. Bergeson, the entire command staff and the Air Force men and women who serve our state and this country."

In a letter to Sen. Begich, General Gary North, Commander Pacific Air Forces notes the 3rd Wing was also selected recently for the command's Collier Trophy and was the Air Force winner of the Raytheon Trophy and Maintenance Excellence Award signifying superior flying and support operations. Additionally, Elmendorf won best hospital in the U.S. Air Force in 2008 and 2009.

"The dedicated and professional men and women of Team Elmendorf and the 3rd Wing have made Elmendorf AFB a premier Air Base for our Airmen, civilians and their families to live and work," said Gen. North.

The other military installations recognized along with Elmendorf include:

·         Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, N.C.
·         Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Twentynine Palms, CA
·         Naval Base San Diego, San Diego
·         Defense Distribution Depot Susquehanna, New Cumberland, PA

An awards ceremony honoring the recipients will be held May 5 at the Pentagon.

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