Soldiers from the Sandston-based Detachment 2, Company G, 2nd Battalion, 135th Aviation Regiment conduct hoist familiarization training Jan. 24, 2014, at Fort A.P. Hill. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Terra C. Gatti, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

The Army has recognized Fort A.P. Hill as one of its top installations for the eighth time since 2003.

Col. David Meyer, commander, will accept the Army Communities of Excellence Award next week during a ceremony at the Pentagon.

A.P. Hill has been awarded a bronze medal, behind Fort Campbell in Tennessee and and Fort Rucker in Alabama, Meyer said.

The award recognizes Army posts for how well they carry out their missions. At Fort A.P. Hill, a sprawling, 76,000-acre post that encompasses a third of Caroline County, that mission is training.

Some 58,000 people took part in a range of training at the installation last year, Meyer said. They represented all branches and components of the U.S. military, as well as federal agencies, performing exercises on a 28,000-acre live-fire range at the southern end and a maneuver area to the north. Training also takes to the sky.

A.P. Hill’s 325 employees–Army civilians and contractors with the exception of two active-duty service members–accommodated the tens of thousands of visitors.

The awards program, according to an Army news release, "is based on the principle that…

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