2014 DOD Maintenance Symposium

November 17-20, 2014

Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Sheraton Birmingham Hotel

Special Events

Great Ideas Competition

As part of a long-standing DoD Maintenance Symposium tradition, this year's Great Ideas Competition will showcase six cutting-edge maintenance technologies that the cross-Service technology community selected as having great potential to improve maintenance effectiveness and efficiency. During this interactive event, the competitors will present their promising new technologies, processes, or business practices to the Symposium audience, who are encouraged to ask questions and challenge the six maintenance technology solutions finalists. At the conclusion of the presentations, a winner will be selected through audience vote. Many past Great Ideas Competition winners' technologies have become "the next big thing" in DoD maintenance, so come be "Part of the Solution!"

Secretary Of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet and Ceremony

Tuesday, November 18
Reception 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Banquet 7:00 - 9:30 p.m.

Annually, the Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards honor the "best of the best" within the DoD maintenance community. A team of senior maintenance leaders from OSD and across the Military Services selects the top six field-level military maintenance organizations from active and reserve units worldwide. Of the six winning units, one is selected as the top maintenance unit for the year and receives DoD's highest field-level maintenance ward, the Phoenix Trophy. Also awarded as the pinnacle of deport maintenance achievement and recognition is the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence. Also, 2014 is the inaugural year of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence in Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces.

Technical Tour Information:

Honda Manufacturers of Alabama (HMA)

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tour Check-in: 7:00 a.m., Tour Departs: 7:30 a.m.
Tour will return at 12:00 p.m.

Experience a bird's eye view of the production lines of Honda's 3.7 million square foot vehicle and engine production facility! Producing the Odyssey minivan, the Pilot sport utility vehicle and the Acura MDX luxury SUV, HMA utilizes Honda's global vehicle technology for both vehicle and engine production to realize more efficient and flexible manufacturing. HMA's combined production of two assembly lines totals more than 1,500 vehicles and V-6 engines per day, or more than 340,000 units each year. In a little more than 13 years of production, HMA has built more than 3.25 million vehicles and engines at its Lincoln, Alabama facility. This tour will highlight HMA's technologies and systems that enable it to meet market demand while providing a superior automotive product. Tour host reserves the right to screen attendees.

Anniston Army Depot

Thursday, November 20, 2014
Tour Departs: 8:30 a.m. from Sheraton
Tour will return no later than 4:15 p.m.

Take advantage of the unique opportunity to tour selected areas of Anniston Army Depot (ANAD). ANAD was an early pioneer of depot maintenance public-private partnering initiatives and presently has 42 partnering arrangements. As you make your way around the depot, you will be able to observe workshare, facility use, and direct sales categories of partnering. Some partnerships include supply chain management. The visit will include subject matter expert led tours of the major weapon systems disassembly and assembly areas to include the M1 Tank, Stryker, M88 Recovery Vehicle, M9 Armored Combat Engineering (ACE) Vehicle, M109 Paladin Self Propelled Artillery, Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV), Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV), and M113 Personnel Carrier. Also, showcased on the tour route are reciprocating engine product lines housed in a state of the art facility, and finally the turbine engine product line where the range of work content ranges from complete overhaul and upgrades to applying condition based maintenance techniques. Tour participants will have the opportunity to engage directly with depot artisans while having lunch at the depot.