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FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. — The U.S. Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command’s Fleet Maintenance Expansion team here was designated the “Best of the Best” of all maintenance provider category winners in the 2021 Chief of Staff of the Army’s Combined Logistics Excellence Awards fiscal year 2021 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence, Active Army-All Others category.

The CLE awards were announced May 25.

According to Clay Nagel, director and TACOM support officer at the Fort Leonard Wood FMX, the team here is made up of a highly motivated group of civilians “dedicated to mission accomplishment and Soldier success.”

“The pride they demonstrate in their work and how they strive for excellence is what sets them apart,” he added.

Fort Leonard Wood’s FMX team maintains a fleet of more than 42,000 pieces of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command equipment used in instruction at the Engineer, Military Police and Chemical schools, as well as the 58th Transportation Battalion.

They are tasked with providing responsive, reliable and uninterrupted field-level maintenance support.

The AAME program is conducted each year, and units are evaluated on their competency and effectiveness.

Assessments of each unit are conducted in categories such as attitude and effective leadership, and rated on the benchmark of past winners — of which the Fort Leonard Wood FMX team is no stranger. They previously won AAME awards in 2012, 2015 and 2018, and also secured the Chief of Ordnance Best of the Best Award in 2018 and 2021.

“Striving for excellence in all we do is not only a benefit to the FMX team, it also illustrates the service provided to our customer — the Soldier,” Nagel said.

FMX teams provide field-level maintenance in support of 75 critical training fleets and more than 122,000 pieces of TRADOC training equipment in Warren, Michigan, and at four main sites, located at Fort Leonard Wood, Fort Lee, Virginia, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Benning, Georgia.

The equipment the teams maintain supports 335 training programs of instruction for more than 266,000 Soldiers participating in Army institutional training.

The FMX teams are part of the Field Support Operations Directorate within TACOM’s Integrated Logistics Support Center.

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.