The Department of Defense (DoD) announced the 2012 winner of the Phoenix Award, part of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards, on Nov. 15, 2012, at the 2012 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Grand Rapids, Mich. The field-level maintenance award honors military maintenance organizations for outstanding performance. The awardee is chosen from active and reserve organizations performing unit or field-level maintenance and singled out as the best of the best.
The 2012 winner of the Phoenix Award for field-level maintenance is Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron Seven Seven (HSM-77) from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif. HSM-77 was the first Navy fleet squadron to transition to the MH-60R Seahawk. It provided Carrier Air Wing Two and Carrier Strike Group Nine with combat ready aircraft and equipment and flawlessly executed the first MH-60R deployment to the Fifth and Seventh Fleet areas of responsibility in fiscal 2011. HSM-77 maintenance personnel accomplishments included completing more than 38,000 work orders, performing 100,800 hours of maintenance, supporting 7,168 hours of mishap-free flight hours, and executing 2,344 sorties with a 97 percent completion rate, all while achieving 84 percent mission capable and 78 percent full mission capable rates. These accomplishments are even more impressive because HSM-77 was concurrently experiencing a 45 percent turnover in maintenance personnel, and in response to a compressed Fleet Readiness Training Plan, devising and implementing an extensive training plan. That plan resulted in the qualification of additional collateral duty inspectors, quality assurance representatives, and landing signal enlisted personnel, among others, to support an upcoming surge deployment.