The 1999 President's Quality Award (PQA) program recently honored winners from the Department of Defense at a ceremony that marked the conclusion of the Excellence in Government 1999 Conference on July 15, in Washington, D. C. The PQA program is the federal government's equivalent to the commercial industry's Malcolm Baldrige Award for Performance Excellence.
Three DoD organizations that received the President's Award for Quality Improvement were the National Security Agency/Central Security Service; the 374th Airlift Wing, Yokota Air Base Japan; and the 62nd Airlift Wing, McChord Air Force Base, Wash.
The NSA/Central Security Service, which protects the nation's secrets by providing and protecting vital information, was recognized for improving delivery time of vital time-sensitive information to the President and the National Security Council.
The 374th Airlift Wing provides mission ready forces and base operating support to guarantee U. S. forward presence and crisis response. The wing was cited for maintaining an ever ready fleet of C-130 Hercules, C-9, and C-21 airlifters. The unit's C-9 aircraft mission capability rates exceeded customer standards for the last three years, and C-130 fleet upgrades were standardized to yield the highest availability rates over the last six years.
The 62nd Airlift Wing provides combat airlift, cargo airdrop, and aeromedical evacuation with a fleet of C-141B Starlifter aircraft. This wing's airframe availability was increased through improved inspection methods, and its flying hour costs have been reduced by 17 percent since 1994.
Six other DoD organizations received program awards. They were U. S. Army Headquarters Fort Carson, Colo.; U. S. Army Engineering and Support Center, Huntsville, Ala.; Watervliet Arsenal, N. Y.; Headquarters 18th Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg Garrison staff, Fort Bragg, N. C.; Defense Contract Management Command Twin Cities, Minn.; and Defense Contract Management Command, N. Y.