2016 DOD Maintenance Symposium

December 5-8, 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA

Albuquerque Convention Center

Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet

Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Reception 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Banquet 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards Banquet 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 award, the Phoenix Trophy. Also awarded as the pinnacle of depot maintenance achievement and recognition is the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence, as well as the Secretary of Defense Award for Maintenance Training, Advice, and Assistance of Foreign Security Forces.

Keynote Remarks

The Honorable Frank Kendall The Honorable Frank Kendall
Under Secretary of Defense Acquisition, Technology & Logistics

Senate Confirmed in May 2012, Frank Kendall currently serves as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L). In this capacity, he is responsible to the Secretary of Defense for all matters pertaining to acquisition; research and engineering; developmental testing; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; chemical, biological, and nuclear weapons; the acquisition workforce; and the defense industrial base. He is the leader of the Department of Defense’s efforts to increase the Department’s buying power and improve the performance of the defense acquisition enterprise. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Principal Deputy Under Secretary and also as the Acting Under Secretary.

Kendall has over 45 years of experience in engineering, management, defense acquisition, and national security affairs in private industry, government, and the military. He has been a consultant to defense industry firms, non-profit research organizations, and the Department of Defense in the areas of strategic planning, engineering management, and technology assessment. Kendall was Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, where he was responsible for management direction to the engineering functions throughout the company and for internal research and development.

Kendall is a Distinguished Graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an Army War College Graduate, and he holds a master’s degree in aerospace engineering from California Institute of Technology, a master of business administration degree from the C.W. Post Center of Long Island University, and a juris doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center.