HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The 75th Civil Engineer Group Housing Flight and Boyer Hill Military Housing at Hill Air Force Base received several Air Force Materiel Command Professional Housing Management Association awards recently — most notably, the Outstanding Housing Installation Team of the Year. The team also won the Air Force Professional Housing Management Association Award.
The annual award recognizes professional housing teams across all branches of service. The 75th CEG Housing Flight was one of only five projects Air Force-wide to receive an excellent rating from its oversight of the housing privatization project, a lease transaction for the last 50 years between the Air Force and a private developer, who owns and maintains the homes.
“We are doing our best, so it’s nice to get the recognition. We feel we have a really tight program here, and to be recognized as one of the best in the Air Force means a lot,” said Chief of Housing Management Lareen Parkinson. “As a team, we realize the importance of maintaining a high occupancy rate and taking the measures necessary to ensure quality housing for our Airmen and their families. The processes that we have developed are able to make sure that sufficient funds are available to not only allow for the day-to-day operation, but long-term project stability to include funds deposited into reinvestment account for future housing and amenity upgrades.”
The housing team makes sure to have adequate housing for members and their families.
One of the biggest challenges team members have faced was maintaining a high occupancy rate despite the downsizing issued by the Air Force last year. The team was able to maintain an occupancy rate above 95 percent during that time by allowing other eligible tenants to live in base housing.
Parkinson also received the AFMC Professional Housing Management Association Outstanding Senior Housing Manager of the Year and Paula Mize received the AFMC Professional Housing Management Association Outstanding Mid-Level Housing Manager of the Year.
For Mize, receiving the award was an honor.
“Lareen and I are able to win these awards with the help of the great team that we work with. Everyone is working to put the Airmen first and make sure that they have a great housing experience while here at Hill,” Mize said.