The S-4 shop at the 7th Army Noncommissioned Officers Academy received top honors Monday as they accepted the U.S. Army Europe's Supply Excellence award.

The Supply Excellence Awards program was designed to promote logistic readiness, command supply discipline and recognize individuals and groups for outstanding performances within their field. The SEA program was conceived in 1984 during the Total Army Worldwide Supply Conference. The Deputy Chief of Staff for Logistics tasked the U.S Army Quartermaster Center and School to assist in researching and development of a program that would increase public awareness of supply excellence and could be used as a management tool for system standardization.

This was the first time the NCO Academy had entered the competition.

Each office undergoes a rigorous inspection process to determine who will be named the best of the best. In the battalion-level category the NCO Academy was named the best supply office in JMTC then went on to compete and win at the USAREUR level.

From here the S-4 shop will go forward in the competition to compete at the Armywide level. The winner of the Armywide competition will be flown to Washington, D.C., to accept the award.

Members of the S-4 staff said this victory was achieved through collaborative effort and hard work by all members in the office.

"I attribute our winning this honor to everybody's willingness to get along and dedication to the job," said Staff Sgt. Gary Welborn the S-4 supply sergeant. "It takes 100 percent attention to what you are doing and knowing your job."

According to Welborn the S-4 is more like a tight knit family than coworkers. In the summer they can often be found having a barbeque during their lunch hour. Members also spend some of their off-hours together getting to know each other.

"We look at this office as a whole," said Sgt. William Coy the NCOA armor "Nothing falls through the cracks around because if someone is not here we know someone can pick up the ball and run with it. Communication and teamwork were key players in our office winning this award."

The NCO Academy S-4 shop provides support for more than 4,000 Soldiers a year. The office supplies linens, cleaning supplies, weapons and a variety of materials for students and instructors alike to better enhance the learning process.

The results of the Army-level competition are scheduled to be released in April or May.