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Release No: 665-03
September 10, 2003

2003 Maintenance Award Winners Announced

The Department of Defense today announced the recipients of the 2003 Defense Maintenance Awards.  Each year the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievements in military equipment and weapon systems maintenance by organizations of the military services.  Awards are presented in the categories of small, medium, and large units.

As part of the 2003 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition, the awards will be presented at the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet on Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003, at the Valley Forge Convention Center, King of Prussia, Pa.  This year’s Phoenix winner will be announced at the awards banquet and will be presented the prestigious Phoenix Trophy.  The recipient of the Phoenix Award is selected from the six maintenance award winners and is recognized as the “best of the best” field-level maintenance unit within DoD. 

The recipients of this year's Secretary of Defense maintenance awards are as follows:

Small category:  Strike Fighter Squadron Eight One, Naval Air Station, Oceana, Va.; 74th Fighter Squadron, Pope Air Force Base, Fayetteville, N.C.


Medium category:  Shore Intermediate Maintenance Activity Mayport, Naval Station, Mayport, Fla.; Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 12, Marine Corps Air Station, Iwakuni, Japan.


Large category:  3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division (Mechanized), Fort Stewart, Ga.; Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 14, Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, N.C.


Additional information regarding the 2003 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition can be found at http://www.sae.org/dod.

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