Department of defense news release (Oct. 27, 2005): 2005 Phoenix award winner announced.The Department of Defense announced today that the 3rd Battalion, 7th Field Artillery (Light), 25th Infantry Division (Light), is the 2005 winner of the Phoenix Trophy, DoD's highest award for field-level maintenance of weapon systems and equipment. The award was presented at the Secretary of Defense Awards Banquet held in conjunction with the 2005 DoD Maintenance Symposium and Exhibition in Birmingham, Ala. Jack Bell, deputy under secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness, and Dave Pauling, assistant deputy under secretary of defense for maintenance policy, programs and resources, presented the award on behalf of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld.
The 2005 Phoenix Trophy recognized the 3rd Battalion for successfully balancing maintenance, readiness, and operation requirements during the past year while being deployed for exercises and missions throughout the Pacific Command's area of responsibility and the continental United States United States territory, including the adjacent territorial waters, located within North America between Canada and Mexico. Also called CONUS. , and to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Throughout these various training and combat missions, the "Never Broken" battalion maintained more than 4,300 pieces of equipment while logging more than 95,000 miles, delivering 8,000 rounds of artillery and mortar fire in training and combat while simultaneously maintaining an operational equipment readiness rate of 97 percent.
Also receiving Secretary of Defense Maintenance Awards in recognition of outstanding achievements in field-level military equipment and weapon system maintenance by organizations of the Military Departments were:
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