Davis-Monthan Air Force Base is up for the Air Force’s top honor for base excellence, just three years after winning that distinction.

The Air Combat Command recently named D-M recipient of its 2016 ACC Commander-in-Chief’s Installation Excellence award. That puts D-M in competition with awardees from other major Air Force commands for the headquarters-level award.

The Air Force, Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Defense Logistics Agency each annually pick the most deserving installations to receive the award, which this year were announced in July.

Each of the top awardees get special recognition from the Secretary of Defense and the president, and a $1 million grant for base quality-of-life improvements. The awards were established in 1985 by President Reagan.

D-M won the Air Force’s highest base honor in 2012 and used the award’s cash prize partly to improve D-M’s South Wilmot Road gate.

The 2015 Air Force awardee was Joint Base Andrews, a joint Air Force-Navy base in Maryland.

Other 2016 finalists announced so far include Travis Air Force Base, near San Francisco, the Air Mobility Command awardee.

In a prepared statement, Col. James Meger, commander of D-M’s host 355th Fighter Wing, congratulated and thanked the base’s airmen.

“A special thanks as well to our community partners who are amazing wingmen and provided unrivaled support to the base,” Meger said.

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