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CAMP KINSER, Okinawa — Winning the Phoenix Award, the Department of Defense’s top award for maintenance units, was like winning the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year, said leaders with Combat Logistics Regiment 35 Tuesday.

The regiment beat out five units to win the award, presented at the 2006 DOD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Reno, Nev., in October, said the regiment’s Maj. Timothy Cooley.

But bringing home the trophy will be another challenge, said Master Gunnery Sgt. James Koluch.

It stands about five feet tall and weighs more than 100 pounds — not something they could just take on the plane, he said.

So it’s been broken down into two separate pieces and is being shipped to Okinawa. “We expect to see it sometime in the next two months,” Koluch said.

Col. Robert R. Ruarke, the regiment’s commander, promised, when the award gets here, “it’s going right in the front entrance so everybody can see it.”


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