DEFENSE MAINTENANCE AWARDS

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SUBJ/DEFENSE MAINTENANCE AWARDS//



REF/A/DOC/OPNAVINST 5305.9A/07MAR2005//

REF/B/DOC/DODI 1348.30/16OCT2009//

NARR/REF A IS OPNAV INSTRUCTION, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MAINTENANCE 
AWARDS PROGRAMS.// REF B IS DOD INSTRUCTION FOR DEFENSE SECRETARY 
MAINTENANCE AWARDS.// POC/STEVE MICHALUK/CIV/CNO WASHINGTON 
DC/N43C1/TEL:  (703) 601-1655//

RMKS/1.  THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE (SECDEF) MAINTENANCE AWARDS PROGRAM 
ENHANCES MAINTENANCE AWARENESS AND ENCOURAGES MAINTENANCE EXCELLENCE BY 
FORMALLY RECOGNIZING BELOW-DEPOT LEVEL MILITARY UNITS RESPONSIBLE FOR 
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS IN MAINTENANCE MANAGEMENT AND PRODUCTION.
SECDEF PRESENTS SIX SERVICE-WIDE MAINTENANCE AWARDS ANNUALLY TO THE 
MOST OUTSTANDING LARGE, MEDIUM, AND SMALL DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 
MAINTENANCE ORGANIZATIONS.  ONE OF THESE SIX WINNERS IS THEN RECOGNIZED 
AS THE "BEST OF THE BEST" AND IS AWARDED THE SECDEF PHOENIX TROPHY.

2.  COMPETITIVE CATEGORIES:
    A. LARGE:   1000 OR MORE AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL
    B. MEDIUM:  301-999 AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL
    C. SMALL:   UP TO 300 AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL

3.  ALL BELOW-DEPOT LEVEL COMMANDS, UNITS, AND RESERVE COMPONENTS 
RESPONSIBLE FOR ORGANIZATIONAL LEVEL MAINTENANCE ON FACILITIES AND/OR 
EQUIPMENT BELONGING TO THEIR OWN UNIT, OR TO OTHER UNITS, ARE ELIGIBLE 
TO COMPETE.  EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES INCLUDE SHIPS, SQUADRONS, 
FLEET READINESS CENTER (FRC) SITES SUPPORTING FIELD LEVEL REPAIR 
(FORMERLY AVIATION INTERMEDIATE MAINTENANCE DEPARTMENTS), REGIONAL 
MAINTENANCE CENTERS, NAVAL STATIONS, ETC.  A COMPONENT OF A COMMAND 
SUCH AS A REPAIR DEPARTMENT OF A SUBMARINE BASE MAY BE NOMINATED IF 
THAT COMPONENT IS ASSIGNED A UNIT IDENTIFICATION CODE (UIC) DISTINCT 
FROM THE COMMAND AS A WHOLE.  THE PREPONDERANCE OF UNIT STAFFING SHALL 
COMPRISE UNIFORMED U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL AND MAY ALSO INCLUDE DOD 
CIVILIANS. THE 2010 SECDEF MAINTENANCE AWARD COMPETITIVE PERIOD COVERS 
FISCAL YEAR 2009.  THE 2010 AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE AWARDS 
BANQUET AND CEREMONY DURING THE 2010 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE MAINTENANCE 
SYMPOSIUM AND EXHIBITION WHICH WILL BE HELD IN TAMPA, FL ON THE EVENING 
OF 17 NOVEMBER 2010.

4.  ECHELON II COMMANDERS REVIEW AND SCREEN NOMINATIONS FOR THEIR 
RESPECTIVE COMMANDS AND MAY SUBMIT UP TO TWO SECDEF MAINTENANCE AWARD 
NOMINATIONS PER CATEGORY TO OPNAV.  OPNAV WILL EVALUATE THESE 
NOMINATIONS AND FORWARD THE NOMINEES PER CATEGORY TO SECDEF FOR AWARD 
CONSIDERATION.

5.  NOMINATION PACKAGES SHALL BE PREPARED IAW REF A AND SUBMITTED ON CD 
TO MR. STEVE MICHALUK NO LATER THAN 5 MARCH 2010.  FINAL NOMINATIONS 
WILL BE FORWARDED TO THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE.  FOLLOW-ON MESSAGES WILL 
ANNOUNCE NAVY NOMINEES AND SECDEF MAINTENANCE AWARD WINNERS.

6.  OPNAV N43 POC FEDEX ADDRESS:
    CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS (N43)
    2511 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY
    NC1 - SIXTH FLOOR, SUITE 6600
    ARLINGTON VA  22202
    (ATTN: OPNAV N43C1/MR STEVE MICHALUK

7.  RELEASED BY P. M. TAMBURRINO, JR, N4B.//

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