YONGSAN GARRISON, Republic of Korea - Eighth Army units stationed throughout the Korean Peninsula converged on U.S. Army Garrison Yongsan Sept. 30 to attend the 2015 Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEA). The CLEA ceremony recognizes both the awardees for the Army Awards for Maintenance Excellence and the Supply Excellence Awards.

Each year Eighth Army hosts the ceremony to recognize subordinate units that demonstrate logistical excellence. Some of the criterion evaluated in determining the top unit for each category include the effective use of maintenance and supply resources, innovation, readiness, safety, quality control, and several other categories.

Serving as the keynote speaker for the event, Eighth Army Deputy Commanding General for Sustainment Maj. Gen. Tammy Smith congratulated the awardees for their unit's accomplishments and highlighted the difficult nature of the competition.

"Today's awardees have demonstrated a professional commitment to our logistics and readiness posture that is absolutely essential to our ability to fight tonight," said Smith. "The maintainers and sustainers are… the oil that makes the machine run and (true) unsung heroes even though we all rely on them."

The selection process for the awards is one of the most demanding across the Army with rigorous inspections conducted by a team of functional experts from Eighth Army, U.S. Army Pacific and the Department of the Army. Recognizing the long and arduous journey each unit had to navigate to be named one of best logistics units across U.S. Army Pacific, Smith went out of her way to show her sincere appreciation.

"It is very gratifying to see the superb results and know that extremely high standards were maintained throughout the selection process," she said. "I offer my sincere congratulations to those who accepted the challenge of competition…stepped up, and won or attained runner-up status."

As the ceremony closed out, Smith commended the awardees for their contributions to Eighth Army and wished them good luck as they move on to the Department of the Army and Department of Defense-level competitions.

"I commend you for your achievements thus far, and I am certain that you will all continue to pursue excellence in everything you do," Smith said. "I wish (you) the very best as (you) move on to represent us at the next level of the competition."

Units receiving awards during this year's competition included:

USARPAC Supply Excellence Award
• Busan Storage Center - 1st Place (Active Army TDA Level 1 (B))

Chief of Staff of the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence
• 532nd Military Intelligence Battalion - 1st Place (Active Army MTOE Large Category)
• Material Support Command - 1st Place (Active Army TDA Category)
• 3rd Military Intelligence Battalion - 1st Place (Aviation Category)
• 7th Korean Service Corps Company Heavy Equipment Transport - 1st Place (All Others Category)
• Army Field Support Battalion-North East Asia - Runner-up (Active Duty TDA Category)
• Busan Storage Center - Runner-up (All other Categories)

Chief of Ordinance Best of the Best Maintenance Award
• 7th Korean Service Corps Company Heavy Equipment Transport - 1st Place