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DEFENSE COMMUNITIES 360

ADC Bestows Top Honor on Ft. Monroe LRA’s Armbruster

  • July 20, 2011
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Norfolk, Va. — Bill Armbruster, who has been a champion for both closed and active military installations during the past two decades, received the Senator David Pryor Special Achievement Award from ADC Tuesday during the 2011 Annual Conference.

The Pryor award is the highest honor the association can bestow on an individual, and is the only award ADC confers that requires approval of its board of directors. This is just the sixth time in 16 years the association has conferred it. California Rep. Sam Farr last received the award in 2007.

ADC President John Armbrust read a long list of Armbruster’s achievements before handing him the award. Most recently, as executive director of the Fort Monroe Authority, Armbruster has prepared the commonwealth of Virginia to take responsibility for the 570-acre Fort Monroe National Historic Landmark District in Hampton, Va., from the Army. Since taking the helm in 2008, he has put in place the necessary structures to carry out the historic post’s reuse plan, which emphasizes heritage and recreational tourism, while launching a campaign for the post to be designated a unit of the National Park Service system after the Army closes it later this year.

In April, Armbruster announced he would be stepping down from the authority in the fall.

Before coming to the Fort Monroe LRA, he served as deputy assistant secretary of the Army for privatization and partnerships, a position in which he led the Residential Communities Initiative (RCI) — the Army’s program for partnering with the private sector to upgrade its inventory of family housing — from its earliest stages to the point at which plans were in place to transfer virtually all of the service’s housing to private developers.

Following the success of the Army’s RCI program, he launched the Privatization of Army Lodging program, using a similar approach to leverage private investment to rehabilitate the service’s 15,000 hotel rooms. As the deputy assistant secretary, Armbruster also advocated for a program allowing defense communities to provide municipal services to local installations, as a way to improve their military value. His support allowed a demonstration project between the Presidio of Monterey and the city of Monterey, Calif., to become permanent.

Armbruster first served as an LRA director in 1994, serving as executive director of the Fort Pickett Redevelopment Authority in Virginia.

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