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The 2009 Army Logistics Excellence Awards

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TODAY'S FOCUS

The 2009 Army Logistics Excellence Awards

What is it ?

The Logistics Excellence Awards, also known as "CLEA," are given out each year in a ceremony that combines the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME), the Deployment Excellence Award (DEA), and the Supply Excellence Award (SEA). Sponsored by the Chief of Staff of the Army, CLEA honors installations' and units' excellence in maintenance, deployment and supply operations.

The 95 units chosen this year in 50 different categories represent logistics programs that are the best in the Army and have contributed significantly to Army readiness. The honorees are from Active Army, Reserve, and National Guard installations and units from around the world.

The competition and award process begins with an Army command nominating one or more of its units based on the unit's published guidelines and regulations. From there, evaluators from the U.S. Army Transportation, Ordnance and Quartermaster Centers and Schools, augmented by Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, travel worldwide conducting on-site evaluations of the nominated units. This year, for the first time, evaluators traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to look at nominees in some of the toughest operating conditions imaginable.

Why are the Logistics Awards important to the Army?

The units and logisticians recognized with these awards are the best of the best. They set the standard for logistics excellence in our Army. By recognizing these high-performing units, the awards programs help propagate the units' best practices throughout the Army so others can take advantage of those ideas.

What is the future of CLEA?

The winners are receiving their awards at the CLEA ceremony and banquet hosted by LTG Mitch Stevenson, deputy chief of staff of the Army for logistics, on June 2 at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. The winners are also treated to a day in Washington, D.C. with a tour of the Pentagon and VIP seats at the Twilight Tattoo on the National Mall.

Resources:

To submit a unit for 2010 nomination or for more information on the awards programs-
POC:
Email: Ms. Shirley Bryant-Harper
Call: 703-614-0956

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