• Sgt. 1st Class Scott Mellick (left), a native from St. Louis, Mo., and 1st Lt. Thomas Malazarte, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., pose for a picture with the units Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME), 2nd Runner-up, Active MTOE, Large category, March 24, on Kelley Hill at Fort Benning, Ga. Mellick and Malazarte, members of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, were the two main personnel responsible for the unit receiving the award (Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment).

    'Blackhawk' Squadron awarded for excellence

    Sgt. 1st Class Scott Mellick (left), a native from St. Louis, Mo., and 1st Lt. Thomas Malazarte, a native of Bowling Green, Ky., pose for a picture with the units Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME), 2nd Runner-up, Active MTOE, Large category...

  • The Soldiers of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stand tall just before the unit was to receive an Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME) for fiscal year 2012, on March 24 at Fort Benning, Ga. Troop D is the Squadron's Forward Support Troop and home to the mechanics who work extremely hard to help the unit achieve the award. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment).

    'Blackhawk' Squadron awarded for excellence

    The Soldiers of D Troop, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, stand tall just before the unit was to receive an Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME) for fiscal year 2012, on March 24 at Fort...

  • Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, the Deputy Commanding General - Support (DCG-S), for 3rd Infantry Division, addresses the Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Monday March 24, at Fort Benning, Ga. Jones presented the unit with an Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME), 2nd runner-up, which they earned during fiscal year 2012.(Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment).

    'Blackhawk' Squadron awarded for excellence

    Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, the Deputy Commanding General - Support (DCG-S), for 3rd Infantry Division, addresses the Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, Monday March 24, at Fort Benning, Ga. Jones presented the...

  • Lt. Col. Andrew Hilmes, a native of Sarasota, Fla., address the Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, on Kelley Hill at Fort Benning, Ga., March 24. Hilmes was the unit's squadron commander during the application and selection process for the Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME) the squadron received in an award presentation by Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, the Commanding General - Support (DCG-S), for 3rd Infantry Division. (Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment).

    'Blackhawk' Squadron awarded for excellence

    Lt. Col. Andrew Hilmes, a native of Sarasota, Fla., address the Soldiers of 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, on Kelley Hill at Fort Benning, Ga., March 24. Hilmes was the unit's squadron...

  • Lt. Col. Paul Gunnison (left), a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and the current Squadron Commander for 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks to his Soldiers March 24, during the award presentation of the Army Award of Maintenance Excellent (AAME), 2nd runner-up. The squadron was recordized with the award for this excellence in maintenance during fiscal year 2012. Gunnison congratulated the Soldiers and encouraged them to continue to achieve excellence every day.  (Photo by 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment)

    'Blackhawk' Squadron awarded for excellence

    Lt. Col. Paul Gunnison (left), a native of Phoenix, Ariz., and the current Squadron Commander for 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, speaks to his Soldiers March 24, during the award presentation...

By 2nd Lt. Brian Baier, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment unit public affairs representative

FORT BENNING, Ga. - On March 24, 2014, 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, received the second runner-up Award for Maintenance Excellence, MTOE, Large Category for fiscal year 2012.

The Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) is an award well-known within maintenance sections throughout the Army.

The AAME is awarded to those who display an expertise and professionalism in performing assigned tasks. It was established by the Department of the Army in 1982 to recognize exceptional accomplishment in maintenance and provide an added incentive to the competitive programs of major Army command.

The AAME is categorized by the number of personnel a unit is assigned (small, medium, or large) and also by component, including active duty, Army National Guard and the Army Reserve.

Brig. Gen. Peter Jones, deputy commanding general - support (DCG-S) for 3rd ID, stood before the Soldiers of the mighty Blackhawk Squadron to congratulate them on a job well-done. He told them to be proud of what they have accomplished and encouraged them to continue the actions that earned them recognition for their excellence.

A large amount of credit for the award went to Sgt. 1st Class Scott Mellick, the squadron's maintenance sergeant and native of St. Louis, and 1st Lt. Thomas Malazarte, the squadron's maintenance officer from Bowling Green, Ky.

Although there were only two Soldiers recognized in front of the squadron during the award presentation, it was a team effort to get everything accomplished that needed to be accomplished to earn this award, said Lt. Col. Paul Gunnison, the 3rd Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment commander.

Lt. Col. Andrew Hilmes, the former squadron commander, was also in attendance and congratulated the squadron on being recognized for all of the hard work they had put in.

"I want to thank Maj. Sawyer for [the] help, support and guidance he gave to me in order for us to just be able to submit our application." said Malazarte.

Maj. Timothy Sawyer was the squadron's executive officer at the time of the award process.

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