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Thirteen 8th U.S. Army units were recognized Friday for their excellence in management and supply by 8th Army leaders. Here, a unit representative shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, USFK assistant chief of staff for logistics.

Thirteen 8th U.S. Army units were recognized Friday for their excellence in management and supply by 8th Army leaders. Here, a unit representative shakes hands with Brig. Gen. Steven Anderson, USFK assistant chief of staff for logistics. (Teri Weaver / S&S)

YONGSAN GARRISON, South Korea — As Lt. Gen. Charles C. Campbell congratulated representatives from 13 8th U.S. Army units Friday for excellence in maintenance and supply, he likened their teamwork to that on another battlefield that captured many people’s attention last week: the Rose Bowl.

“When they interviewed Vince Young, he didn’t talk about that day,” Campbell said of the Texas quarterback who ran for more than 200 yards and scored three touchdowns against the University of Southern California.

“He talked about those two-a-days back in August,” Campbell said, referring to pre-season practices and conditioning sessions that prepared the team.

In the Army, he said, keeping soldiers flying and fighting is the job of maintenance and supply troops.

“You are the combat multipliers,” he said.

In maintenance, evaluators judged 17 units, according to Chief Warrant Officer Luis Diaz of the logistics office for 8th Army.

“It is hard,” he said, adding that the winners’ scores were very close. “It’s just a couple of points’ difference.”

Diaz’s team judged preventive maintenance programs, records, facility appearance and other factors, he said.

Sgt. 1st Class Tony Griggs of the 121st General Hospital has a staff of 16 soldiers who maintain all the equipment — including X-ray machines, vehicles and generators — at the hospital on Yongsan Garrison.

“We have the best maintenance in 8th Army,” he said after the ceremony. “The soldiers are out there, in the rain, keeping the unit running.”

Sgt. 1st Class LaSalle Russell oversees supply for the 8th Military Police Brigade. His staff has to keep track of all equipment — from guns to dog kennels to police vehicles — throughout the 32,000 square miles in South Korea.

“It’s a lot of tracking,” he said.

The winners in supply excellence were: the 72nd Ordnance Company; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 8th Military Police Brigade; 520th Maintenance Company; and Supply Point 60. Runners-up were: 501st Support Group and 302nd Brigade Support Battalion.

The winners in maintenance excellence were: 520th Maintenance Company; Busan Storage Facility; 568th Medical Company; and 121st General Hospital. The runners-up were: 595th Maintenance Company; Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 728th Military Police Company; and 2nd Battalion, 2nd Aviation Regiment.


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