The Department of Defense today announced the 2009 winners of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards for the depot and field levels. These awards are presented annually to recognize outstanding achievements in military equipment and weapon systems maintenance.
The Robert T. Mason Depot Maintenance Excellence Award recipient is the Army’s Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) Program at Red River Army Depot, Texarkana, Texas. The program provided exceptional and responsive support for the fielding and sustainment of the MRAP vehicles while providing unit embedded maintenance support teams to numerous sites in Iraq.
The depot-level award is named in recognition of Robert T. Mason, a former assistant deputy under secretary of defense for maintenance policy, programs, and resources. Mason served as the champion of organic depot maintenance for three decades, while helping to transform DoD organic depot-level operations.
There are six field-level awards presented in the categories of large, medium, and small units (two each). The recipients of this year’s Secretary of Defense Field-level Maintenance Awards are as follows: for the large category, the Army’s 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Multi-National Division—North, Fort Hood, Texas, and the Navy’s USS Harry S. Truman home ported in Norfolk, Va. Winners in the medium category include the Navy’s USS Frank Cable home ported in Apra Harbor, Guam, and Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 16, Marine Corps Air Station, Miramar, Calif. Small category winners include the Air Force’s 31st Munitions Squadron, Camp Darby, Italy, and the 6th/927th Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, MacDill Air Force Base, Fla.
The awards will be presented to the winners at the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards banquet on Oct. 28, 2009, during the 2009 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Ariz. Additional information regarding the 2009 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition can be found at http://www.sae.org/dod .