By Susan C. Galentine | Directorate of Public Works Sustainability specialist
FORT CARSON, Colo. — Four units captured winning spots in Fort Carson’s 2019 Unit Facility Excellence Contest, boosting their unit morale, welfare and recreation accounts by a total of $21,000 to benefit their Soldiers.
The winners were announced at a 4th Infantry Division meeting Dec. 17, 2019, at the division headquarters.
The annual Directorate of Public Works (DPW)-sponsored competition, which concluded Oct. 1, 2019, saw seven out of the initial 12 registered units cross the contest finish line.
The winning units demonstrated their prowess in incorporating facility management, energy and water conservation and waste reduction into their daily operations.
In the large unit category, battalion or larger, the finalists and their award earnings are:
First place: 4th Brigade Support Battalion, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., $8,000
Second place: 1st Battalion, 41st Infantry Regiment, 2nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 4th Inf. Div., $6,000
Third place: 4th Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, $4,000
In the small unit category, company or equivalent size, the finalist and the unit award earnings is:
First place: Headquarters and Headquarters Company, U.S. Army Garrison, $3,000
A leadership board comprised of the deputy garrison commander, the garrison executive officer, and a representative from the 4th Inf. Div. Division Engineer staff evaluated and ranked the contest submission packages.
“Each year, it is remarkable to see units demonstrate their drive to achieve the intent behind the contest – creating robust facility management programs, conserving energy and water and reducing their waste footprint,” said Director of Public Works Hal Alguire. “The desired outcome is to bring about sustainable change within competing units when it comes to protecting our resources.”
The entries highlighted several best practices other units can adopt, including having their leadership actively engage Soldiers on the importance of energy conservation and recycling. The units also ensured each building had trained facility managers to help implement their education campaign to gain Soldier support of contest efforts.
Plans are underway for the 2020 contest.