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Release No: 536-99
November 18, 1999

1999 MAINTENANCE AWARDS PRESENTED

The 1999 Department of Defense Maintenance Awards, including the prestigious Phoenix Trophy, were presented Nov. 17 at an awards banquet during the third annual DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition held in St. Louis, Mo., at the Regal Riverfront Hotel. Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics Jacques S. Gansler made the presentations. The maintenance awards recognize the most significant weapon system and equipment maintenance achievements within the DoD during the past fiscal year.

All four military Services were represented in the competition categories of small, medium, and large units. This is the 15th year of the maintenance awards program that was established to encourage maintenance excellence, to recognize outstanding achievements in maintenance management and production, and to demonstrate the essential role of maintenance in the readiness and sustainability of U.S. forces. The program is sponsored in conjunction with the National Defense Industrial Association.

The 1999 Maintenance Awards recipients are:

Navy-Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Norfolk, Naval Station Norfolk, Va.-Winner of the Phoenix Trophy, which recognizes the most significant weapon system and equipment maintenance achievements within DoD. This organization received the top award for implementing numerous initiatives to increase maintenance capabilities and expertise in support of ships and submarines and, in the process, saved the DoD approximately $23 million. In addition, command repair services were enhanced, resulting in improved overall fleet material readiness.

Army-Ground Mobility Division, 1st Battalion, 81st Armor Regiment, Ft. Knox, Ky.-This unit utilized the Army self-help program and a unique partnership with local Army Reserve units to improve working conditions and renovate facilities. These efforts provide the Army with projected savings of more than $70 million. The division also maintained a 94.3 percent operational readiness rate.

Navy-Naval Security Group Activity Groton, Conn.-The cryptologic maintenance personnel of this activity displayed dedication and technical expertise while successfully completing 43 installations and 27 removals of equipment on board Atlantic Fleet submarines.

Air Force- 3rd Wing, Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska-The wing secured its position at the leading edge of the combat air forces when it received an "Excellent" rating during the 1997 Headquarters Pacific Air Forces Combat Employment Readiness Inspection.

Air Force-660th/749th Aircraft Generation Squadrons, Travis Air Force Base, Calif.-The men and women of these squadrons demonstrated outstanding initiative and teamwork during the unprecedented deployment of 19 KC-10 aircraft, 133 maintenance personnel, and more than 1,700 pieces of equipment in just five days to support United Nations' functions in Iraq.

Marine Corps-Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Iwakuni, Japan-The work of this squadron resulted in mission capability rates of 79.5 percent and full mission capability rates of 73.8 percent.