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599th Transportation Group Multi-Modal Training Workshop: top Asia-Pacific transporters receive Quality Awards.

Eight transportation partners received the 599th Transportation Group's Transportation Excellence Award at the organization's annual Traffic Management Training Workshop in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The military and commercial industry recipients received praises from Col. Peter Gitto, 599th commander, Wheeler Army Airfield, Hawaii, for excellence in traffic management in the Department of Defense Transportation System.

"The ability for the 599th to achieve its goal of providing quality service to our customers through the timely movement of cargo in the Asia-Pacific region and worldwide would not be possible without the support of our military and industry partners," said Gitto.

The Transportation Excellence Awards were presented recently at the 2002 U.S. Pacific Command, 599th Transportation Group Multi-Modal Traffic Management Training Workshop, at the Renaissance Ilikai Hotel in Waikiki.

The list of awardees and their achievements follow:

* Chief Petty Officer Alejandro D. Batangan, Navy Fleet and Industrial Supply Center, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii--Selected for his diligent and customer-focused efforts in implementing a Transportation Priority 4 air shipment of household goods. This initiative resulted in a four-week reduction of shipping time for members relocating from Hawaii to the mainland.

* Tech. Sgt. Timothy Byrnes, Pacific Air Force's Regional Supply Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii--Demonstrated outstanding supervisory and management skills that were instrumental in developing a cohesive team of professionals who provided five-star travel support to all Department of Defense customers throughout Japan.

* Mary L. Lewis, 51st Transportation Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea--Consistently maintained a 99.9 percent customer satisfaction rating. Ms. Lewis established and implemented Korea's first ever, centrally billed account for payment of official travel.

* Tech. Sgt. Paul S. Raymond, Pacific Air Force's Regional Supply Squadron, Hickam Air Force Base, Hawaii--Superbly coordinated high-priority movements involving various Department of Defense agencies, resulting in 100 percent mandatory compliance.

* Il Ky Rim, American President Lines, Korea--Provided dynamic transportation solutions that directly improved the ability of the combined United States and Republic of Korea forces to deter aggression on the Korean peninsula.

* John Rushalk, American President Lines, Okinawa--Coordinated the expeditious movement of Strategic Distribution Management Initiative containers to customers in Okinawa, Japan. His efforts ensured that the customer wait time goal of two-day seaport of debarkation, or SPOD, hold time was consistently met. This required discharging cargo directly to the consignee each Friday, on the same day that the vessel arrived in port.

* Sharp Travel Services, 51st Transportation Squadron, Osan Air Base, Korea--Provided outstanding travel services to Department of Defense personnel throughout the Republic of Korea. The outstanding dedication and professionalism of the organization's team players contributed significantly to the successful mission accomplishment of the 51st Transportation Squadron, Osan Air Base.

* George R. White, 10th Area Support Group's Transportation Division, Okinawa--Selected for dynamic leadership in managing and directing personal property, passenger and freight movements and non-tactical vehicle administrative transportation services. These initiatives resulted in "commendable" ratings from every Commander's inspection during his tenure.

Award recipients agreed that effective partnerships between industries and military agencies were critical to providing quality customer service.

"Effective communication and teamwork are key to our ongoing success," said Rushalk, recipient of one of the prestigious awards.

Terri Kojima

Command Affairs Officer

599th Transportation Group
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