The 2008 Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards

Tuesday June 3, 2008

This afternoon and evening 85 Army units from around the world are being honored as recipients of the 2008 Army Combined Logistics Excellence Awards (CLEA).

What are the CLEAs?

The CLEAs are an annual competition hosted by the chief of staff of the Army that recognizes best practices and outstanding accomplishments of Army units specializing in supply, maintenance and deployment logistics. There are multiple winners in each category from the active Army, Army Reserve and National Guard. This year's CLEAs are going to units from the U.S., Korea, Japan, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Puerto Rico.

The competition and award process begins with an Army command nominating one or more of its units based on the unit's published guidelines and regulations. From there, evaluators from the U.S. Army Transportation, Ordnance and Quartermaster Centers and Schools, augmented by Army National Guard and Reserve Soldiers, travel worldwide conducting on-site evaluations of the nominated units.

Why are the CLEAs important to the Army?

As stated by Lt. Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody, deputy chief of staff, G-4, "The CLEA winners demonstrate what it means to be Army Strong. They give credence to our theme - The Army: Strength of the Nation."

By recognizing these high-performing units, the CLEA helps propagate the units' best practices throughout the Army so others can take advantage of those ideas. These units and organizations provide exceptional support to our warfighters by demonstrating the ability to be responsive, resourceful, agile and creative in exemplifying the Army imperatives: sustain, prepare, reset, transform. They significantly improve the Army's readiness posture and contribute to the success of the Soldiers in the field.

What is the future of CLEA?

Submissions for the 2009 awards can be submitted now through Dec. 12, 2008. For more information, contact Nelson Williams at 703-614-0753 or


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May- July 4, 2008: Season of Remembrance

Spc. Ross McGinnis Medal of Honor Ceremony:

- Tuesday, June 3, 2008: Pentagon Hall of Heroes Ceremony

U.S. Army Birthday Celebrations:

-Saturday, June 7, 2008: The New Orleans Army Birthday Ball

-Saturday, June 14, 2008: The U.S. Army Birthday Ball


"The day will come when the mission he served has been completed and the fighting is over, and freedom and security have prevailed. America will never forget those who came forward to bear the battle. America will always honor the name of this brave Soldier who gave all for his country, and was taken to rest at age 19."

- President Bush, presenting the Medal of Honor to Pfc. Ross Andrew McGinnis (posthumously) June 2, 2008

President Bush presents Medal of Honor to Private First Class Ross Andrew McGinnis

Private First Class Ross A. McGinnis: Medal of Honor


"McGinnis, in my mind, is the definition of hero. From this day forward if anyone ever asks me to define the word hero, I would simply tell them the story of Spc. Ross McGinnis and the actions he took that day to save four of his brothers."

- Maj. Michael Baka, commander of C Company from June 2005 to March 2007.

"I think for me to thank him, is to do everything I can to live my life to the fullest, because if he can have courage like that, if he can give up his 19-year-old life, then I can live the rest of my life, however long it is, to every day's fullest."

-Staff Sgt. Ian Newland (Ret.), who at the time was a squad leader with 1st Platoon, C Company, 1st Battalion, 26th Infantry Regiment

Second OIF Soldier to receive posthumous Medal of Honor


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