Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci gave the President's Award for Excellence to the Defense Depot Ogden during a Pentagon ceremony Friday - recognizing the depot as the best in the Defense Logistics Agency.

Capt. A.P. Tully, DDO commander, accepted the honor on behalf of the depot's 2,500 military and civilian employees during ceremonies also attended by Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah, and Ogden Mayor Clifford Goff."The taxpayers are getting their money's worth" at DDO, Tully said upon receiving the award. After the ceremony, he said the Utah defense depot had set up a model installation program "of which our people are proud."

Defense Depot Ogden has a high productivity that reduced costs there by 18 percent last year, he said.

"We are one happy family with good community support," he said.

Carlucci praised the Utah depot and noted, "It is doubly difficult to achieve excellence in an atmosphere of austerity such as we now have in the Defense Department."

The ceremony was held in the Pentagon's center courtyard under threatening skies that have drenched the capital with 6 inches of rain over the past five days. Light rain began to fall as Tully spoke, and Washington was struck by a hailstorm a few minutes later.

Defense Depot Ogden, which covers 1,139 acres in Weber County, adds $56 million a year to the local economy, warehousing scores of military commodities.

As part of the Defense Logistics Agency, DDO has made improvements in warehousing and shipping procedures, automated storage racks and package marking.