Local Army Reserve Center awarded top honors

GRAY, TN  (WJHL-TV) – A local Army Reserve Center was presented with tops honors in a ceremony on Tuesday.

The Department of the Army awarded the Area Maintenance Activity (AMSA) 147G vehicle maintenance shop with the Chief of Staff, Army Award for Maintenance Excellence (AAME). The Gray, Tennessee unit beat out all other Army Reserve facilities worldwide in its category.

“It hasn’t sunk it yet, when you compete over the whole nation and world, you pull it home for Gray, TN, it’s a big deal for me and my guys are outstanding.”, Shop Supervisor Donald Dillon said.

This unit services and maintains the largest engineer set in the southeast, which includes hundreds of pieces of equipment.

“At any time, you can be called to go to port and all this equipment had got to ship out, and all of it is 100% FMC, it’s ready to go. And that’s what we do here.”, Dillon said, “640 pieces, we maintain, service and get it ready to go to the port in case of a war.”

A committee evaluated competing maintenance shops based on categories including maintenance process, supply, safety, community relations and environmental stewardship. The continued community involvement propelled the Gray shop employees to the top. The employees regularly volunteer for the local school districts, youth sports leagues, Scouting programs and local hospitals. They also conduct an annual toy drive for Niswonger Children’s Hospital. The AMSA beat out ten finalists to claim the prestigious award.

“We’re very involved with the community and outreach programs, with the local area ball fields, with the Niswonger center & St. Judes, and we also go to the area schools and give presents to the kids and we have one that dresses like Santa Claus. We always try to give back “, Dillon said.

The 81st Regional Support Command’s Commanding General, Maj. Gen. Arlan DeBlieck, hosted the award presentation at the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center in Gray.

“The men were ecstatic, you’re in a small community, you’re in Gray, TN and this was a program, an award that was recognized over the entire world, over active Army, the Guard, reserves, this is everybody, and little Gray, TN won it. I think we represent it pretty well.”, Dillon said.

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