Ft. Detrick Commander Takes Military Leadership Award

Col. Judith Robinson’s tenure as Fort Detrick garrison commander has been marked by her tireless efforts to develop, enhance and sustain partnerships not only inside the gates of the Frederick, Md., post, Walter Reed Army Medical Center and the Glen Haven housing area but in the wider community as well. For her commitment to inclusion, outreach and partnership, ADC has selected Robinson for its Military Leadership Award.

Her successful management of the Fort Detrick/Walter Reed military housing privatization project is a tribute to her dedication and focus on the post’s long-term needs. As project executive, she has achieved operational efficiencies, sustainable new units, renovation of existing housing units and the creation of one of the best all-around gated communities for service members in the Washington region.

Robinson’s leadership has extended beyond military housing, as demonstrated by the enduring partnerships she has created with a variety of private sector entities dealing with quality of life initiatives for soldiers, families and civilians; workforce training; business process reviews; infrastructure development and maintenance; and customer service. The connections she has formed with the Frederick Chamber of Commerce, Fort Detrick Alliance, Fort Detrick Business Development Office, Maryland Military Installation Council, Maryland Education Roundtable and others have resulted in increased support for the local military presence from an array of community interests.

“The RCI [Residential Communities Initiative] housing project at her installation is the best example of management, leadership and partnership within the [RCI] portfolio. I always hold up Col. Robinson and her RCI project as the example for others to follow,” said Ivan Bolden, chief of the public and private initiatives division within the Army’s Assistant Chief of Staff for Installation Management.

“As the privatized military housing provider, our success is dependent upon the establishment of a true partnership with the military. We feel we have that and more in our partnership with Col. Robinson,” Terri Edelman, senior vice president of community management for Balfour Beatty Communities.

Robinson will be recognized during the Defense Community Awards lunch at the ADC 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk on Tuesday, July 19.

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