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SUBJ/NAVY NOMINEES FOR THE 2018 SECRETARY OF DEFENSE MAINTENANCE AWARDS//

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NARR/REF A IS NAVADMIN 269/17 ANNOUNCING COMPETITION FOR THE 2018 SECRETARY 
OF DEFENSE (SECDEF) MAINTENANCE AWARDS FOR FIELD LEVEL UNITS AND COMMANDS.  
REF B IS NAVADMIN 268/17 ANNOUNCING COMPETITION FOR THE 2018 SECRETARY OF 
DEFENSE (SECDEF) ROBERT T. MASON DEPOT MAINTENANCE EXCELLENCE AWARD.//

RMKS/1.  Before announcing our Navy nominees selected to compete for the 2018 
SECDEF Maintenance Awards, I want to personally thank the numerous commands 
who took time to recognize the tremendous contributions from your field-level 
maintenance units and depot -level maintenance programs in accordance with 
references (a) and (b).  Your continued participation in this competition 
ensures that our outstanding maintenance teams are recognized for their 
remarkable efforts and support they provide to our warfighters.  It was an 
honor to review such a competitive field of deserving units.  This years 
submittals represented the very best of Navy maintenance, making it 
particularly challenging to select our nominees to compete as finalists 
against the rest of the Department of Defense (DoD) maintenance community.

2.  Annually, the SECDEF will select six winners from across the DoD to be 
awarded the SECDEF Field-Level Maintenance Award, two from each competitive 
category (small, medium, and large).  From these six winning units, one will 
be selected as the best of the best and named the annual SECDEF Phoenix Award 
winner.  Our Navy nominees selected for the field-level competition 
categories are:
   a.  Small Commands:
       Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron TWELVE (HSC-12), Naval Air Facility
       Atsugi, Japan
       Strike Fighter Squadron ONE NINE FIVE (VFA-195) Naval Air Facility
       Atsugi, Japan
   b.  Medium Commands:
       USS SHOUP (DDG 86) Naval Station Everett, WA
       Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic (FRCMA) Oceana, Naval Air Station
       Oceana Virginia Beach, VA
   c.  Large Commands:
       USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), Bremerton, WA
       TRIDENT Refit Facility (TRIREFFAC) Kings Bay, GA

3.  Annually, the SECDEF will also select one program from an organic depot-
level maintenance activity to be awarded the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot 
Maintenance Excellence.  Our Navy nominees selected for the depot-level 
competition are:
   a.  Fleet Readiness Center-Southeast (FRCSE) Components Integrated
       Product Team, Jacksonville, FL
   b.  Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility
       (PSNS&IMF), Bremerton, WA

4.  A SECDEF Selection Board comprised of senior maintenance leaders from 
each service will evaluate nominated submissions from the Services and select 
six field-level winners (two per category), and one depot-level winner. All 
SECDEF Maintenance Award winners will be recognized by the Office of the 
Secretary of Defense at a formal awards ceremony scheduled to be held on 18 
December 2018 in Tampa, FL.  Selected winners and details on the awards 
ceremony will be announced later this year in a separate NAVADMIN message.

5.  Thank you to all who submitted entries into this years SECDEF Maintenance 
Awards competition.  The outstanding initiative, imagination, and 
professionalism demonstrated from our entire maintenance community is a true 
reflection of our Navy-wide core attributes; Integrity, Accountability, 
Initiative, and Toughness.
Congratulations to our selected Navy nominees, I know that you will represent 
the Navy well in the SECDEF competition!

6.  Point of contact is Mr. Dan Schrader, who can be reached at (703)695-
4925, or via e-mail at Daniel.l.schrader(at)navy.mil.

7.  Released by VADM W. K. Lescher, DCNO,N8.//

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