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1073rd Maintenance Company up for Maintenance Excellence award
The 1073rd Maintenance Company, Michigan Army National Guard, based in Greenville, Mich., has been selected by the Department of the Army as one of three finalists in the Army Award for Maintenance Excellence—the most prestigious award in the military maintenance community. Officials selected by the Department of Defense inspect everything from the weapons—to vehicles—to generators—to OSHA required material support data sheets, just about everything “inspect-able” at the Greenville Armory. The 1073rd knows how stiff the competition is—last year they were a strong competitor and the company was selected for a second place award, which in itself is a huge accomplishment.
The 1073rd is competing in the medium-sized Military Table of Organization and Equipment category (units with 101 to 300 Soldiers) for the fiscal year 2013 AAME. So far, the 1073rd has won first place at the state level competition, the regional level competition, and at the National Guard Bureau (54 states and territories) level competition. This final inspection determines the winner of the Department of the Army level competition (Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard). If the 1073rd wins this competition, they will represent the Department of the Army and compete against the Air Force, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard.
The 1073rd company commander, Capt. Daniel Daugherty, of Grand Junction, Mich., has subject matter experts who represent his unit well. One of his many SMEs is Private 1st Class Joshua Radzwion, of North Branch, Mich., who is OSHA trained in hazardous material from his civilian job and is a small arms repairman and arms room manager for the 1073rd. While performing preventive maintenance checks and service on the M40-A1 series gas masks with 1073rd Soldier, Spc. Matthew Dawson, the DoD inspector asked random questions to learn if any chemicals were stored in the room with the masks and seemed surprised at Radzwion’s broad knowledge about hazardous material.
According to the 1073rd senior military leaders, there are many benefits which come from preparing for the competition.
“The award is not just about maintenance but also about the quality of life for our members,” stated Daugherty.
As company commander, Daugherty sees the significance the competition brings through members’ awareness of the organization. The competition creates an innovative atmosphere and spurs healthy internal competition within the company and motivates everyone to be and do their best.
The results of the competition will be announced May 2014. The AAME preparation is a morale builder and “force multiplier” so according to Daugherty, either way, the 1073rd Maintenance Company wins.
Story and photo by Master Sgt. Denice Rankin, Michigan National Guard Public Affairs
For original story, view it on our website at http://minationalguard.com/1073rd-maintenance-company-up-for-maintenance-excellence-award/.
Three states combine for Michigan Combat Search and Rescue
With an A-10 Thunderbolt II providing combat cover from above, a New York-based HH-60 Blackhawk helicopter appeared just above the tree line in the woods of northern Michigan ready to spirit a downed pilot back to safety. And so ended another day of a week-long combat search and rescue, or CSAR, exercise centered... [read more]
Michigan Guard disaster response team prepares for “first muster”
When natural and man-made disasters overwhelm first responder capabilities, the Michigan National Guard’s Disaster Assistance Response Team can help. Organized by Lt. Col. Edward Schmidt of the 110th Airlift Wing located at the Battle Creek Air National Guard Base and supported by members of the 110th... [read more]
Michigan Guard going ‘green’
Today, all branches of the military have been mandated to “go green” by legislation signed into law by congress. These laws have been enacted to protect the environment from pollution and to save money by cutting the amounts of petroleum fuel products used by the armed forces... [read more]
Change of command at Selfridge
Col. Bryan J. Teff is the new commander of the 127th Mission Support Group after an assumption of command ceremony at Selfridge Air National Guard Base during the 127th Wing’s April Unit Training Assembly. Teff assumed command during a formal ceremony. Col. Mac A. Crawford recently... [read more]
Pfc. Deshon Coves
Pfc. Deshon Coves of Detroit, Mich, assigned as a truck driver in Howell-based 1462nd Transportation Company, graduated from the Motor Transport Operators Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. April 3, 2014.
Pfc. Christopher Angel
Pfc. Christopher Angel of Detroit, Mich., assigned as a truck driver in Detroit-based 1-182nd Forward Support Company, graduated from the Motor Transport Operators Course at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo. April 3, 2014.
Pvt. Lovanier Craig
Pvt. Lovanier Craig of Detroit, Mich., assigned as a Human Resources Specialist with the Detroit-based Headquarters Battery, 1-182nd Field Artillery graduated from the Human Resources Specialist Course at Fort Jackson, S.C. on April 4, 2014.
Cpt. Todd Falor
Cpt. Todd Falor of Dewitt, Mich., has been awarded General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award. The General Douglas MacArthur Leadership Award recognizes 24 Company grade officers each year who demonstrate the ideals for which General MacArthur stood—Duty, Honor, Country—and promotes and sustains effective junior officer leadership in the Army. Falor is assigned to HHC, 46th Military Police Command, Lansing, Michigan Army National Guard and has been a member of the Michigan National Guard for 5 years.
Pvt. Joshua Pannebecker
Pvt. Joshua Pannebecker of Shelby Township, Mich., assigned an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operator in the Lansing-based Company B, Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 37th Brigade, graduated from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Operators Course at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., April 14, 2014.
Spc. Matthew Clark
Spc. Matthew Clark of Flint, Mich., assigned as a Chemical Equipment Mechanic in the Howell-based 1462nd Transportation Company, graduated from the Quartermaster and Chemical Equipment Repairer Course at Fort Lee, Va. April 11, 2014.
Pvt. Michael Leach Jr.
Pvt. Michael Leach Jr. of Clinton Township, Mich., assigned as a Rifleman in the Detroit-based Alpha Company, 1-125th Infantry, graduated from the Infantry Course at Fort Benning, Ga. April 18, 2014.
Pvt. Letisha Elliott
Pvt. Letisha Elliott of Detroit, Mich., assigned as a medic in the Ypsilanti-based 1171st Medical Evacuation Company, has graduated from the Health Care Specialist Course at Fort Sam Houston, TX.
Pvt. Marcell Mason
Pvt. Marcell Mason of Detroit, Mich., assigned as a Dental Specialist in the Detroit-based Medical Detachment, Michigan Army National Guard, has graduated from the Dental Specialist Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
As we approach Memorial Day, please take time from your busy schedule to remember our Michigan National Guard fallen heroes. These extraordinary men volunteered to serve their country, whatever the price. For their service and sacrifice, our state and nation well forever be grateful.