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Capt. Anterrio Gainwell, left, Master Sgt. Jerome Sutton, center, and Staff Sgt. Daniel Soh from the 34th Support Group Motor Pool hoist their trophies for maintenance awards Tuesday.
Capt. Anterrio Gainwell, left, Master Sgt. Jerome Sutton, center, and Staff Sgt. Daniel Soh from the 34th Support Group Motor Pool hoist their trophies for maintenance awards Tuesday. (Jeremy Kirk / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — The soldiers who keep the shelves full and the machines running received their due Tuesday during 8th Army’s awards for supply and maintenance excellence.

8th Army commander Lt. Gen. Charles Campbell, who presented the awards, said it was the highlight of his day to be with those “who aspire to excellence in the performance of their craft.”

“It’s uplifting that you have an opportunity and I have an opportunity to serve in an organization where people pursue excellence,” Campbell said.

The Army chief of staff established the supply excellence program in 1986 to recognize units that demonstrate outstanding supply operations. Evaluators selected winners in four major areas: organization appearance, supply room management, non-expendable equipment accountability and logistics management.

About 60 other sub-areas are covered. Major subordinate commands select nominees from each applicable category and competition level. The winners will represent 8th Army in an Army-wide competition scheduled in May.

The supply excellence winners for first quarter of fiscal 2004 are:

Modification table of organization equipment (MTOE) with property book winner: Headquarters and headquarters company (HHC), 8th Military Police Brigade.MTOE company without property book runner-up: HHC, 17th Aviation Brigade.MTOE company without property book winner: 50th Engineer Company, 2nd Infantry Division.MTOE company without property book runner-up: 2-52 Aviation Regiment, 17th Aviation Brigade.Table of distribution and allowance (TDA) medium winner: Headquarters Materiel Support Center-Korea.MTOE medium winner: 164th Air Traffic Service Group, 17th Aviation Brigade.MTOE small winner: G company, 52nd Aviation, 19th Theater Support Command (TSC).Table of distribution and allowance (TDA) multi-class medium Direct Support Unit (DSU) winner: Supply point #60, 19th TSC.MTOE Class II, IV and medium DSU winner: 305th Quartermaster Company, 19th TSC.TOE Class IX medium DSU winner: 3rd Maintenance Company, 6th Cavalry Brigade.Units also competed for maintenance awards. A unit maintenance profile package is developed using existing management information files and data over the past year, and units are evaluated for their mission statement, readiness, training, management, cost and savings and innovation.

Evaluators look at each unit’s maintenance and profile packet. The 19th TSC, 2nd Infantry Division and 8th Army’s supply section select two finalists per category for phase IIbased on on-site evaluations. Units with the highest score move on to Army-wide competition.

The maintenance excellence winners for the first quarter of fiscal 2004 are:

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