The Department of Defense today announced the 2009 winner of the Phoenix Award, part of the 2009 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards. 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 and receives the Phoenix Award.
The 2009 winner of the Phoenix Award for field-level maintenance is the Army’s 1st Squadron, 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment, Fort Hood, Texas. The group distinguished itself while continuously deployed to Iraq’s Tigris River Valley in 2008 by maintaining an equipment fleet that was 75 percent larger than normally authorized and which was dispersed over 24,000 square kilometers. Additionally, they provided Iraqi Army mechanics with more than 12,000 hours of hands-on maintenance training. The squadron successfully met these challenges by adopting various innovative techniques including cross-training maintenance technicians, adjusting operation and maintenance practices based on feedback from combat experience, and modifying standard operating procedures to facilitate mission accomplishment. The results of these efforts were captured in the squadron’s 97 percent operational readiness rate for the entire year.
The award was presented at the 2009 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Phoenix, Ariz. Additional information on the 2009 DoD Maintenance Awards can be found at http://www.defenselink.mil/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12903.