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Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium Presents New Award

WARRENDALE, Pa., Oct. 21, 2005 - The 2005 Department of Defense Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition marks an inaugural award presentation with the Robert T. Mason Award for Depot Maintenance Excellence.

The award commemorates Mason, the former Assistant Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Maintenance Policy, Programs and Resources, for leading efforts to gain support of the Department’s depot-level maintenance requirements.

The award’s first recipient, the Maintenance Center of Albany, Ga., is being recognized for its Vehicle Armor Protective Kits Program, which provides kits for Marine Corps combat vehicles in Iraq.

The Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards ceremony will also present the Phoenix Award, the highest honor in field-level maintenance.

Notable speakers to participate in this year’s symposium include: The Honorable P. Jackson Bell, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Materiel Readiness and Lieutenant General C.V. Christianson, the Joint Staff Director for Logistics.

With the theme “Sustaining Weapon System Readiness Through Reliability, Cycle Time and Continuous Process Improvement,” this year’s symposium will concentrate on transforming Department of Defense maintenance into a more responsive and agile system.  It will also address military and commercial maintenance technologies, information systems and management processes. 

The event, which is administered by the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE International) for the U.S. Department of Defense, will be held Oct. 24-27 at the Sheraton Birmingham Hotel and Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in Birmingham, Ala.

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