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Release No: 1077-04
October 28, 2004

2004 Phoenix Award Winner Announced

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld announced today that Combat Service Support Battalion 10, Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center is the 2004 winner of the Phoenix Trophy, DoDs highest award for field-level maintenance of weapon systems and equipment.

The award was made last night during an awards banquet held in conjunction with the 2004 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Houston, Texas. Bradley Berkson, acting deputy under secretary of defense (logistics and materiel readiness) and Dave Pauling, assistant deputy under secretary of defense (maintenance policy, programs and resources) presented the award on behalf of Rumsfeld.

In the year preceding Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Combat Service Support Battalion 10, which traditionally provided maintenance in support of tenant units at Twentynine Palms, was given a new mission: direct combat service support, including direct maintenance, to all 1st Marine Division Units in the I Marine Expeditionary Force combat zone. During OIF, CSSB 10 executed its new mission flawlessly, essentially perfecting maintenance on the move. It established 14 repair and replenishment points between Kuwait and Baghdad, and dispatched more than 400 maintenance support teams to units that were unable to reach the repair and replenishment points.

It also distributed one million gallons of water, two million gallons of fuel, and nearly 2,000 tons of ammunition. This successful transition from supporting tenant activities to combat units, and its ability to provide combat service support over hundreds of miles clearly illustrates

Also receiving Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in field-level military equipment and weapon system maintenance by organizations of the military departments were:

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

LARGE CATEGORY

The USS Abraham Lincoln

Everett, Wash.

United States Navy

27th Maintenance Group

Cannon Air Force Base, N.M.

United States Air Force