FORT A.P. HILL CELEBRATES POST EXCHANGE IMPROVEMENTS FOR WARRIORS

Fort A.P. Hill celebrates Post Exchange improvements with a ribbon cutting ceremony today. From left to right: Richard Talbot of Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Lt. Col. John W. Haefner, Fort A.P. Hill garrison commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel E. Reyna, Fort A.P. Hill garrison command sergeant major; Staff Sgt. Benjamin Spitler; Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Williams, JFHQ-NCR and MDW command sergeant major; join to cut the ribbon.



FORT A.P. HILL, VA—Fort A.P. Hill employees share in a vision to “provide the best training and support—anywhere” to the estimated annual 100,000 Warriors that train at the post.
In keeping with that vision, the installation contracted with Beaumon Industries, Inc. in King George County to make several improvements to the Post Exchange across from Wilcox Camp.
Army leaders highlighted these improvements at a ribbon cutting ceremony Friday, where over 100 Fort A.P. Hill employees and local elected and community leaders assembled on the PX lawn.
The renovations include two picnic shelters where Warriors can dine and relax, enjoying a more campus-like atmosphere; ramps ensuring ADA compliance to allow better access for everyone; and rehabilitation of the parking lot and driveways.
“We look for reasons to celebrate success at Fort A.P. Hill. Today marks one of those celebrations,” said Lt. Col. John W. Haefner, Fort A.P. Hill garrison commander.
Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington commander, who spent the morning visiting the installation, joined in the celebration.
Horst explained the $216-dollar project was completely funded by the installation’s Army Community of Excellence award dollars. The installation was recognized in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 in a program which demonstrates Fort A.P. Hill’s commitment to the Baldrige Criteria for Performance Excellence. The recognition resulted in $4.75 million dollars, funds that were reinvested to improve the installation for Soldiers, Civilians and Families.
This is just one of the many improvements the post made using those funds to benefit Warriors training here, Horst said, “the goodness of Fort A.P. Hill is what made this happen.”
One of the Soldiers who will benefit from these improvements is Staff Sgt. Benjamin Spitler.
“These are the guys who take care of IEDs [Improvised Explosive Devices] and make the world safe,” Horst said.
In culmination of the celebration, Command Sgt. Major Michael Williams, JFHQ-NCR and MDW command sergeant major; and Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel Reyna, Fort A.P. Hill garrison command sergeant major, joined their commanders, the EOD Warrior and Talbot for the ribbon cutting.

Photo: At the Fort A.P. Hill ribbon cutting ceremony are Richard Talbot, AAFES; Lt. Col. John W. Haefner, Installation commander; Command Sgt. Maj. Miguel E. Reyna, post command sergeant major; Staff Sgt. Benjamin Spitler; Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general, Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and Military District of Washington; and, Command Sgt. Maj. Michael Williams, JFHQ-NCR and MDW command sergeant major.

 

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