2016 DEFENSE MAINTENANCE AWARDS

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REF/A/DOC/DODI 1348.30/27NOV2013//
REF/B/DOC/OPNAVINST 5305.9B/09MAY2013//
NARR/REF A IS THE DOD INSTRUCTION, SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MAINTENANCE AWARDS 
PROGRAM. REF B IS THE OPNAV INSTRUCTION FOR THE SECRETARY OF DEFENSE 
MAINTENANCE AWARDS PROGRAM.//
POC/DAN SCHRADER/CIV/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N43C1/TEL: 703-695-4925/E-MAIL: 
DANIEL.L.SCHRADER(AT)NAVY.MIL//

RMKS/1.  The annual Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) Maintenance Awards Program 
acknowledges maintenance excellence by formally recognizing field-level 
military units responsible for outstanding achievements in maintenance 
management and production.  SECDEF presents six Department of Defense (DoD) 
wide maintenance awards to the most outstanding large, medium, and small 
organizations.  One of these six winners will be recognized as the best of 
the best and awarded the 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 active and reserve component field-level commands and units 
responsible for organizational and intermediate-level maintenance on weapons 
systems 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 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 be comprised of 
uniformed U.S. military personnel and DoD civilians.  The 2016 SECDEF 
Maintenance Awards competitive period covers Fiscal Year 2015.  The 2016 
awards will be presented at a formal ceremony on a date to be announced.

4.  Echelon II commanders must review and screen nominations from their 
respective commands and may submit up to two SECDEF field level maintenance 
award nominations per category to OPNAV (N4).  OPNAV (N4) will evaluate the 
nominations and forward two nominees per category to SECDEF for award 
consideration.

5.  Each nomination package must be submitted in accordance with references 
(a) and (b), via email, to Mr. Daniel Schrader, 
Daniel.l.schrader(at)navy.mil.  Please pay special attention to the 
requirements outlined in reference (a) with regards to the ten page 
limitation for nomination packages and the three weighted evaluation factors 
for field-level units.  Additionally, it is imperative that nomination 
packages highlight accomplishments exceeding an established baseline above 
the normal and include a separate high resolution image file of their unit 
logo (minimum of 300 DPI JPG file).

6.  Nomination packages are due NLT 11 March 2016.  Coordinating instructions 
and examples of nomination packages can be found at: 
https://www.milsuite.mil/book/groups/navy-coordination-for-dod-maintenance-
awards/overview./ Follow on messages will announce Navy finalists and SECDEF 
field level maintenance award winners.

7.  Released by VADM P. H. Cullom, N4.//

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