402nd MXW earns 2006 Maintenance Effectiveness Award

ROBINS AFB, Ga. -- The 402nd Maintenance Wing rounded out 2006 with yet another notch on the organization's award-winning record.

The maintenance wing recently earned the 2006 Secretary of Defense Maintenance Effectiveness Award, by providing outstanding mission support to the warfighter with record production levels in all weapon systems for global missions with 95.6 percent on-time delivery and 34 percent reduction in C-5 flowdays.

Col. Dennis Daley, 402nd Electronics Maintenance Group commander, said the award, given annually in different categories, identifies the best maintenance wing or squadron in a different category each year.

"It's an outstanding accomplishment for the wing, and it really is something that reflects the dedication and hard work of the people," he said.

The recent honor falls right in with the wing's list of other trophies.

The wing received an unprecedented nine major industry awards in fiscal 2006. The C-5 Depot Team earned the nationally-acclaimed Gold Shingo Award for Excellence in Manufacturing for the second consecutive year, making the wing the first Department of Defense organization to win the award. The C-5 Depot Team earned the prestigious Chief of Staff Team Excellence Award, Air Force Best Practice and the Gen. Ronald Yates Team Excellence Award for their innovative production practices.

The F-15 PDM (programmed depot maintenance) and F-15 avionics teams each won coveted Bronze Shingo awards. The award winning continued with the 653rd Combat Logistics Support Squadron and the 402nd EMXG receiving U.S. Air Force Outstanding Unit awards; and the C-5 Critical Chain Project Management Team recently receiving DOD's first Franz Edelman Award for Achievement in Ops Research.

Colonel Daley said earning the awards took a total team effort.

"The way we wrote the package was evident of the way the whole wing has operated all year," he said. "Phyllis Johnson was the team leader who wrote the package. She formed a team taking a couple of people from the five groups in the maintenance wing. It was 20 pages and a very extensive package of achievements."

With so many accomplishments, the colonel said writing the package was more fun than work. Colonel Daley said he feels strongly that the wing will do well at Air Force-level competition.

"It was just a phenomenal year, and the package was really strong," he said. "It's strong because of the many accomplishments that the wing had over the past year in fiscal 2006."