WIESBADEN, Germany -- The 509th Signal Battalion in Vicenza, Italy, was recently recognized as one of the Army's best in logistics, being named a winner in the Chief of Staff of the Army's Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEA).

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno presented the unit with a Supply Excellence Award at a ceremony June 10 at the Pentagon, recognizing it for extraordinary supply and support operations, property accountability and resource management.

The CLEA program's objectives, according to the Army Quartermaster website, are to enhance logistical readiness of all Army units, enforce the Command Supply Discipline Program (CSDP), encourage the use of available resources, and provide a structure for recognition of group and individual initiatives.

"Winning the award for us is a validation of our current logistical processes, the technical expertise of our team, and our clear understanding of where we have to excel," said Taleh Aliyev, the 509th Signal Battalion S4.

He said the battalion used "less paper" and "virtual office" initiatives to digitize workflow and reduce or replace many paper and printing requirements. Going paperless allowed the battalion's supply office to conserve paper and reduce their inventory of printers, and allowed for greater visibility and better accountability of supplies and equipment across the battalion and up the chain of command as well.

"This award is recognition of the efforts each company commander and member of 509th Signal Battalion has put toward CSDP," Aliyev said. "It is an achievement to be remembered and proud of for years to come."

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