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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 872-04
September 08, 2004

2004 Maintenance Award Winners Announced

The Department of Defense announced today the winners of the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Award for 2004.

The recipients are:

SMALL CATEGORY

Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 462

Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, San Diego, Calif.

United States Marine Corps

509th Munitions Squadron

Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo.

United States Air Force

MEDIUM CATEGORY

3RD Military Intelligence Battalion (Aerial Exploitation)

Camp Humphreys, Republic of Korea

United States Army

Combat Service Support Battalion 10

Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, Twentynine Palms, Calif.

United States Marine Corps

LARGE CATEGORY

USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN (CVN 72)

NAS North Island, Calif.

United States Navy

27th Maintenance Group

Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

United States Air Force

Annually, the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Program recognizes outstanding achievements in military equipment and weapon systems maintenance by field-level organizations of the military services.

Awards are presented in the categories of small, medium, and large units.

As part of the 2004 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition scheduled for Oct. 25‑28, the awards will be presented at the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet on Oct.27, at the Hilton Americas, Houston, Texas.

This years Phoenix Award winner will be announced at the awards banquet on Oct. 27 and the winner will be awarded the prestigious Phoenix Trophy. The recipient of the Phoenix Award, DoDs highest award for field-level maintenance, is selected from the six maintenance award winners and is recognized as the best of the best field-level maintenance unit within DoD.

Additional information regarding the 2004 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition can be found at http://www.sae.org/events/dod/ .