ROCK ISLAND, Ill. - The Army Field Support Battalion - North East Asia (Korea) won the Association of the U.S. Army's Army Award for Maintenance Excellence 2010 in the TDA/large unit category.

The battalion, located at Camp Carroll, Korea, is part of the Army Sustainment Command. The unit manages the Army Prepositioned Stocks-4 (APS-4) program.

"AFSBn-NEA has been providing exceptionally high quality maintenance work since 2005 when the unit was formed. Winning the AAME validates our processes, our work ethic, and the pride and winning attitude of all employees: U.S. military, Department of the Army civilians, Korean nationals and the U.S. contractors - a winning team in every regard," said Gary A. Marquez, deputy to the commander, AFSBn-NEA.

AAME recognizes outstanding accomplishments and initiatives in field and depot-level maintenance. By recognizing outstanding maintenance units, the organizers of the AAME hope improve and sustain unit maintenance readiness, assess the status of total unit maintenance readiness, improve efficiency, and reduce waste.

"This was our battalion's first year ever being involved in Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME) competition, and it turned out to be a great experience," said Lt. Col. Douglas Pietrowski, battalion commander.

Through the eight-month process of preparing for the competition, the battalion improved in several areas, Pietrowski said. With assistance from all parts of the battalion and the 403rd Army Field Support Brigade, the unit reviewed its maintenance processes and procedures and conducted pre-inspections.

"We were very proud just to be selected to represent the brigade, ASC and (the Army Materiel Command) in the competition, but once we made the semi-finalist list and earned the on-site inspection, we all believed that we had a legitimate shot at winning," he said.

"A lot of hard work and dedication went into earning this prestigious honor. I'm obviously proud of the entire organization," Pietrowski said.

The award ceremony is scheduled to be held May 12, during the AUSA Sustainment Symposium and Exposition in Richmond, Va.

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