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D Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade wins Phoenix Trophy

Defense officials have honored an 82nd Airborne Division company for being one of the best maintenance units in the nation.

Officials from D Company, 3rd Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade were presented the Phoenix Trophy - the Department of Defense's highest award for maintenance - at a Thursday ceremony at the Pentagon's Hall of Heroes.

D Company was one of six military units recognized across three categories, but was the only unit to represent the Army.

It was selected last fall from a group of 24 nominations, according to officials.

According to the Pentagon, D Company was honored for its efforts during a 2012 deployment to Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where it supported Chinook and Black Hawk helicopters used for air assaults, medical evacuation, reconnaissance and security operations.

"D Company's performance during the deployment was remarkable," according to a summary released by the Pentagon in September. "It supported 53 aircraft flying combat missions totaling more than 43,000 flight hours, with an aircraft readiness rate of 87percent fully mission capable; complete over 3,000 unscheduled mission-critical aircraft work orders; performed 42 major phase inspections; and managed an inventory worth $150million, all while setting the standard for aviation maintenance performance within the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade."

The award was presented by Lt. Gen. William N. Phillips, Military Deputy/Director, Army Acquisition Corps Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army (Acquisition, Logistics and Technology), and Maj. Gen. Kevin G. O'Connell, Forces Command Deputy Chief of Staff, G4.

Accepting the award was the D Company command team, Capt. Kimberly Shelton and 1st Sgt. John Boyd, and the 3rd Battalion command team, Lt. Col. William Braman and Command Sgt. Maj. Norris C. Wrenn.

brooksd@fayobserver.com

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