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DoD Announces 2016 Phoenix Maintenance Award Winner

WASHINGTON, Dec. 9, 2016 — The 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, is this year’s recipient of the Defense Department’s Phoenix Award for Maintenance Excellence, according to a DoD news release.

The department announced the Phoenix Award winner at this year's secretary of defense maintenance awards ceremony, Dec. 6. The Phoenix Award is presented annually to designate the single best maintenance unit out of six Secretary of Defense Field-Level Maintenance Award winners.

In fiscal year 2015, the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron accomplished superior aircraft maintenance while partnering with 14 allied countries and more than 12,000 personnel in support of NATO’s Operation Resolute Support to train, advise and assist Afghan security forces and coalition partners.

Furthermore, in support of Operations Enduring Freedom and Freedom’s Sentinel, the 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron displayed its combat superiority when it generated 61,000 flying hours during the execution of 18,000 combat sorties one of which destroyed the largest weapons cache in Afghanistan's Parwan province history.

The 455th Expeditionary Aircraft Maintenance Squadron’s performance unquestionably demonstrates the unit's worthiness in being recognized as this year's best field-level maintenance unit in the Department of Defense, the release said.