Seal Beach Weapons Station racks up US Navy awards

Capping an exceptional year of award victories, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach was named the winner of the 2012 Navy Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations on Dec. 2.

The award recognizes Navy bases for outstanding and innovative efforts to improve a wide range of factors including quality of life, efficiency, safety, community relations, and environmental sustainability.

The base and its detachments competed against small U.S. Navy installations throughout both the continental United States and overseas.

“What a tremendous win for everyone at our Seal Beach, Fallbrook, Norco and San Pedro installations,” said commanding officer Capt. Terry Auberry.  “Our world-class sailors, civilians and contractors have led the way in making this command a model for others to emulate.”

In November, the command was announced as the winner of the Navy Region Southwest Installation Excellence Award for Small Installations.  The weapons station then competed against the best small bases from eleven other Navy regions to determine the overall Navy-wide winner.

Starting in 2007, the command had won repeated strings of Navy-wide awards in smaller specific categories including housing, safety, energy efficiency, and the environment.

In the coming weeks, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach will compete against the winner of the Navy Installation Excellence Award for Large Installations, Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Florida.

The winner will represent the Navy at the Department of Defense level, going up against the best installations of the other armed services.  That competition is scheduled to be decided by January 2012.