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Release No: 445-02
August 27, 2002

2002 MAINTENANCE SYMPOSIUM, EXHIBITION SET FOR RENO, NEV.

The Department of Defense 2002 Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition is scheduled for Oct. 28-31, at the Reno Hilton in Reno, Nev. The event is hosted by the deputy under secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness in conjunction with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) International.

With the theme "Turning Logistics Resources into Readiness," the symposium will focus on equipment and weapon systems maintenance in the DoD. It also will cover commercial and military maintenance technologies, information management, and management processes. In addition to outstanding speakers and more than 125 exhibits, the symposium will include the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards ceremony, which honors the best military maintenance units in the world.

Defense officials say the symposium is coming back stronger than ever after being canceled in 2001 in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the military response in Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This event is vitally important," said Robert T. Mason, assistant deputy under secretary of defense for maintenance policy, programs and resources. "The military services are transforming their logistics processes to be significantly more agile and responsive, and that translates to a lot of new requirements for information systems and technological infusion. Also, in this initial year of SAE's participation, the 2002 symposium is expected to be quite spectacular."

Information on the DoD maintenance symposium is updated continually and is available online at http://www.sae.org/calendar/dod/index.htm. To receive printed materials, call (724) 772-7131, or e-mail meetings@sae.org.