The Department of Defense announced the 2013 winner of the Phoenix Award, part of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards, on Feb. 5 in the Pentagon’s Hall of Heroes. The field-level maintenance award honors military maintenance organizations for outstanding performance. The winner is chosen from active and reserve organizations performing unit or field-level maintenance and singled out as the best of the best.
The 2013 winner of the Phoenix Award for field-level maintenance is D Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Aviation Regiment, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C. While deployed to Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan, D Company maintained and supported 53 H-60 and CH-47 aircraft flying combat missions totaling more than 43,000 flight hours, sustained an 87 percent fully mission capable aircraft readiness rate, completed over 3,000 unscheduled mission-critical aircraft work orders, performed 42 major phase inspections, and managed an inventory worth $150 million, all while setting the standard for aviation maintenance performance within the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. These and other maintenance-related actions enabled Task Force Talon to successfully conduct air assault, air movement, reconnaissance, medical evacuation, and security operations throughout the ground commander’s area of responsibility.