Fort A.P. Hill Honored with Superior Unit Award

Soldiers from the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment conduct hoist familiarization training Jan. 24, 2014, at Fort A.P. Hill. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)
Soldiers from the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment conduct hoist familiarization training Jan. 24, 2014, at Fort A.P. Hill. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The Army has recognized Fort A.P. Hill as a standout installation for the second time in as many months.

The Caroline County garrison was a recent recipient of the Superior Unit Award, which honors Army units for carrying out a difficult mission during extraordinary circumstances. The Army notified A.P. Hill of the award this month. But it is for work performed between October 2012 and September 2013, when the installation was dealing with a government shutdown, the deep budget cuts of sequestration and a surge in training.

Seventy-seven thousand troops trained at A.P. Hill that year, about a quarter more than in 2015. The installation also reckoned with having 22 units on post during Superstorm Sandy.

A.P. Hill's 325 employees--mostly Army civilians and contractors--were able to ensure that troops stayed safe and training carried on as planned, said Commander Lt. Col. Andrew Jordan, who recently took helm of the post.

Col. Peter Dargle was in command at the time.

Two months ago, A.P. Hill was named among the top installations in the service branch with the Army Communities of Excellence Award for the eighth time since 2003.

This is the first time the post has received a Superior Unit Award since it was established by the Secretary of the Army more than three decades ago.

"It was a very, very hectic time," senior management analyst Brian Taylor said of fiscal 2013, the period for which the garrison was recognized.

Employees were unsure about their futures, casting a pall across the base. At the same time, they were busier than ever.

"We did an incredible amount of stuff ... and got through that period fairly well," Taylor said. The award "shows this is truly a professional workforce."

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