May 14, 2011

183rd RTI receives logistics excellence award

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen        
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

RICHMOND, Va. — The 2010 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence runner-up for a medium-sized National Guard Table of Distributions and Allowances was presented to the Virginia Army National Guard’s 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute ¬†Maintenance and Supply Shop May 12 by the U.S. Army G4, Logistics Deputy Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Mitchell H. Stevenson, and Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III during the 2011 Combined Logistics Excellence Awards Ceremony at the Richmond Convention Center.

 

Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Pinchefsky (right) of the Fort Pickett-based 183rd Regiment, Regional Training Institute accepts the 2010 Army Award for Maintenance Excellence runner-up for a medium-sized National Guard Table of Distributions and Allowances from Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond F. Chandler II at the 2011 Combined Logisitics Excellence Awards in Richmond May 12. The unit has won the award at the state and regional levels in the past. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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Accepting the award on behalf of the RTI was Sgt. 1st Class Anthony Pinchefsky, the unit’s full-time maintenance noncommissioned officer in charge, who, according to Master Sgt. Craig Jewell, 183rd supply NCOIC, put in a lot of extra hours to earn the award for the unit.

“He brought all of our equipment up to the Army standards,” said Jewell. “He made sure when the students were training on the equipment, it was in standards, and he made sure it was to standard when the units got it back.”

“Classes at the RTI were never stopped due to any mechanical failures or some kind of failure in weapons or anything” Pinchefsky noted. “Our training was always able to continue because of the maintenance and supply shops.”

“We couldn’t have received this award without the help of the entire staff in the shops. This really was a team effort from our full time guys and our traditional Guard Soldiers,” he said.

To be selected for a CLEA, the competing units must prepare a binder showcasing their accomplishments from the year, including readiness, environmental, HAZMAT, troop welfare, community relations, safety and much more, according to Pinchefsky. The binder includes a by month list achievements for the entire year.

After the binders are reviewed, the top units are selected at the state and regional level, and site visits are scheduled at the national level.

The awardees were presented a plaque and the excellence coin of the Vice Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army by Chandler, as well as Chandler’s coin during the ceremony.

“The Chief of Staff of the Army's Logistics Awards program helps to instill pride and excellence among our logisticians,” said Col. Myles E. Altimus, Virginia Guard director of logistics. “By competing for the AAME, 183rd RTI Soldiers have increased their technical proficiency and knowledge.”

“Their selection at the national level recognizes their hard work. All of the Virginia Army National Guard’s logistics community should be proud to be represented by them,” said Altimus.

In 2007 and 2008 the RTI won the state and regional level AAME. The 2010 AAME will join the previous awards in the trophy case at the new RTI headquarters at Fort Pickett where all the Soldiers who enter the schoolhouse can see them on display.

“This is an award for the whole state,” Said Jewell. “It is the maintenance community that has made this come about; it’s not just RTI, and it’s not just a few groups here and a few groups there. It is something the whole maintenance community of the Virginia Army National Guard can be proud of.”

The award was established in 1982 by the Department of the Army to recognize units for exceptional accomplishments in maintenance and is awarded to small, medium and large MTOEs and TDAs across the active-duty Army, National Guard, Army Reserve, IMCOM and AMC. The AAME aims to improve and sustain readiness by providing positive incentives for extraordinary maintenance efforts while improving efficiency and reducing waste through encouragement of innovative use of existing management tools. 

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