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Release No: 798-05
August 05, 2005

2005 Maintenance Depot-Level Award Winner Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the inaugural winner of the Secretary of Defense Depot-level Maintenance Award known as the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence for 2005.


The recipient is the Design and Manufacture Vehicle Armor Protective Kits Program at the U.S. Marine Corps Maintenance Center, Albany, Ga., in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom (OEF II), Operation Enduring Freedom and the Global War on Terrorism. This program, which provided protective armor kits for USMC combat vehicles, made the Marines a more effective fighting force and had a profound, direct impact on safety and morale.


The depot-level maintenance award is named in recognition of Robert T. Mason, a former assistant deputy secretary of defense of 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.


The Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence trophy will be presented to the winning depot-level program at the secretary of defense maintenance awards banquet on Oct. 26, 2005, during the 2005 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Birmingham, Ala. Further information can be found at http://www.sae.org/dod .

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