By Randy Tisor, US Army TACOM Public AffairsJuly 31, 2019
Three Tank-automotive and Armaments Command organizations won Army Chief of Staff awards recognizing their Fiscal Year 2018 work and achievements.
The Army Award for Maintenance Excellence program is conducted each year to recognize Army units or activities that have demonstrated excellence in maintenance operations.
Sierra Army Depot placed first for the Army depot-level of competition, Anniston Army Depot took the runner-up, second place award and the Fort Leonard Wood Fleet Management Expansion, also known as FMX, maintenance activity earned the top award in the Active Army All Others category.
FMX Fort Leonard Wood also won the Chief of Ordnance Best of the Best Maintenance Award.
"It's a huge accomplishment. It's a really great credit to everybody involved," said Matt Vanderkin, TACOM G4 Logistics Division chief. Vanderkin added that Sierra Depot had not previously entered the awards competition.
"A lot of times, the mechanics, the maintenance personnel, the supply personnel, they're doing their job, but nothing is ever brought up saying 'here's all the great things that we're doing'," he said. "There were twelve overall category winners for the AAME, with our TACOM organizations being in and winning three of these."
According to the AAME website, each unit is evaluated on their effectiveness ensuring that Soldier competency is maintained. Assessments of each unit in the categories of attitude and effective leadership are rated with a benchmark based on those of past winners, and the tenets of exceptional maintenance processes that were exhibited are validated and ranked.
Some of the objectives of the AAME program include: improve and sustain field maintenance readiness, assess the maintenance component of unit readiness, improve efficiency and reduce waste, recognize exceptional maintenance accomplishments/initiatives/process innovations, and provide positive incentives for extraordinary maintenance efforts.
Winners in each category receive plaques from the Chief of Staff of the Army.
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About Tank-automotive and Armaments Command:
TACOM is responsible for the synchronization, integration and delivery of Soldier and ground systems materiel readiness solutions to ensure the Army is the world's most lethal and versatile fighting force.
TACOM's Integrated Logistics Support Center facilitates warfighting readiness for U.S. forces by executing repair parts planning and supply chain management for more than 3,500 weapon systems. These systems form the core of America's ground combat capability. When the force needs critical components delivered, whether at home or abroad, it depends on TACOM.
TACOM's six manufacturing arsenals, and maintenance depots generate operational capability throughout Army formations as part of the Army's Organic Industrial Base. When the force needs equipment or parts manufactured, repaired, upgraded or modernized, industrial artisans from the Army's OIB deliver.
The Detroit Arsenal, home to TACOM headquarters, is the only active-duty U.S. Army installation in the tri-state (Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) area. Detroit Arsenal and its Michigan-based workforce of more than 6000 people contribute billions of dollars in economic impact to the state's economy each year.
TACOM's workforce includes highly skilled and uniquely qualified professionals, from industrial artisans to senior logisticians and business analysts. The largely civilian workforce is critical to supporting Army readiness.