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Fort Benning wins Georgia Oglethorpe Award

Fort Benning, Ga., (Army News Service, Feb. 12, 1999) - Georgia Gov. Roy E. Barnes announced Feb. 12 that Fort Benning has won the 1998 Georgia Oglethorpe Award for Performance Excellence.

The award was established in 1997 as the highest level of state recognition for an organization in Georgia and Fort Benning shares the spotlight this year with Total System Services of Columbus, Ga., which won in a different category.

Fort Benning began the process of submission in July and received a site visit from evaluators in mid-November. The awards process measured performance that included seven interdependent categories evaluated under the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award criteria. The team evaluated leadership, strategic planning, human resource focus, customer and market focus, information and analysis, process management and business results.

"The Georgia Oglethorpe is first and foremost about low-cost, high-value assessment and feedback," said Victoria Taylor, executive director for the Georgia Oglethorpe Award Process. "When an organization competes it means they stand up to a very difficult set of criteria that has been proven worldwide to be useful in a future prediction of how performance will take place in an organization."

Fort Benning commander Maj. Gen. Carl F. Ernst stepped up to the dais at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Feb. 9 to acknowledge the award.

"First of all, it is a real pleasure on behalf of all of the great teams at Fort Benning to stand here today and be recognized as an installation, particularly when we share the dais with an organization like Total System Services," Ernst said.

It wasn't just Ernst who praised Fort Benning's excellence, but also Rick Ussery, CEO for TSYS, who gave Fort Benning kudos for all of it's accomplishments.

"First off, I'd like to say congratulations to Fort Benning and General Ernst for winning the Georgia Oglethorpe for performance in excellence," Ussery said. "Fort Benning is a very strong, well-run military post which has won numerous awards in recent years. We are very proud to share this distinction with them and happy to have them as partners in our community, committed just like we are to improving the quality of life in the Chattahoochee Valley."

Gov. Barnes will present the awards during the second Georgia Oglethorpe Annual Conference and Awards Banquet, March 18-19, at Stone Mountain, Ga.

(Editor's Note: Compiled from a news release by the Georgia Governor's Office and a Benning Bayonet article by Pfc. Amy L. Nyland)

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