NAS Whiting Field named Best Small Base in the Navy

Published on December 20, 2017 with 1 Comment

On December 18, Commander Naval Installations Command named Naval Air Station Whiting Field as the recipient of the Installation Excellence Award. This is the third win over the last four years for NAS Whiting Field.  The award recognizes top Navy commands at shore for their excellence across several categories, including installation management, program excellence, environmental stewardship, mission successes and community outreach.

Installations are graded across 13 key areas including: facilities management, mission support, quality of life, environment, energy, property stewardship, communication, safety and health as well as many other categories.  Each entry is limited to a four page write-up of accomplishments with supporting documentation and photographs.

Commander Navy Region Southeast, Rear Admiral Bolivar highlighted this prestigious award and NAS Whiting Field’s tremendous successes during Captain Todd Bahlau’s Change of Command Ceremony on December 18th.  Rear Admiral Bolivars praised the entire team:  “Mighty Whiting, Team Whiting Field’s dedication and outstanding performance, consistent with CNIC’s strategic goals and Office of the Secretary of Defense criteria, are unparalleled and absolutely worthy of praiseworthy recognition.  Earning such prestigious recognition is a significant accomplishment and a testament to supporting the Fleet, Family, Fighter and community!”

CNIC is the Naval command tasked with overseeing the 69 U.S. Navy shore installations worldwide.  NAS Whiting Field was selected as the winner in the small base category (less than 500 personnel) from a field of 32 installations.

Commander, Naval Installations Command, Vice Adm. Mary Jackson lauded this year’s winners, underscoring the high level of professionalism evident in each of the nomination packages.

“This year’s competition was intense, and it is clear our winners represent the very best of the best within the shore enterprise!  I want to personally thank each of your superb teams for their stellar work.”

NAS Whiting Field’s recognition as the CNIC 2018 Installation of the Year was a culmination of successes across several performance categories; however, the installation’s ability to sustain one of the most dynamic missions in the Navy was without doubt tied to the unparalleled partnership and collaboration it shares with the community.  The long-standing efforts of mission buffering, prevention of incompatible development, execution of grant program initiatives and strong community bonds was absolutely key in NAS Whiting Field’s nomination package and ultimately its selection as the best of the best!


Commanding Officer Bahlau emphasized, “To achieve this honor three of the last four years is amazing and couldn’t be accomplished without the support of the local community.  The men and women of NAS Whiting Field and the local community have a lot to be proud of as the base has proven again that along with its history of training, it has a legacy of excellence!


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  1. Whiting Field has always been a wonderful base to be stationed. I have great memories of my time spend there in 1982-83.

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