Pride. The winners of the Combined Logistics Excellence Awards have one thing in common: pride in a job well done.
Ten units from across U.S. Army Special Operations Command were recognized during the USASOC level Combined Logistics Excellence Awards March 22, 2018, at the John F. Kennedy Auditorium. Six units, including one USASOC runner-up, scored well enough to move forward to the Army CLEA competition.
The CLEA program recognizes outstanding achievement in supply, maintenance and deployment. The awards are broken into categories based on unit size and type.
“The fundamental aspect of our business starts with supply and maintenance,” said Richard M. Holcomb, USASOC’s Deputy to the Commanding General. “The way people carry themselves, their attitudes, their professionalism, the appearance, it’s almost visceral in the way you can sense an outstanding unit. Unfortunately, most of that is a sense or emotion and hard to convey to a third party, so you probably need something more objective. That is where the CLEA program comes in and recognizes this excellence.”
Holcomb explained that special operations units are considered among the best in the military. There are many ways to measure individual success, but the CLEA program reflects the core qualities of a unit and its members.
Eddie Green, USASOC’s Supply Excellence Award Action Officer, agreed. “None of the competitors here could be successful without the support of their command, first and foremost,” he said. “The program forces a unit to truly look inward and allow people to come in and check the books to the most minute details to show we are doing it right.”
The USASOC CLEA winners are:

Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), User Level Supply (MTOE) 1A.  Bravo Company, Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group, (Airborne), United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Unit Supply Level (TDA) 1B.  Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 528th Sustainment Brigade (Airborne) 1st Special Forces Command, Property Book Level (MTOE) 2A.  Property Control Activity, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, United States Army Special Operations Command, Property Book Level (TDA) 2B. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 5th Military Information Support Battalion, 8th Military Information Support Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces Command, Parent S4 Level (MTOE) 3A. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne), United States Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center And School, Parent S4 Level (TDA) 3B. Sustainment and Distribution Company, Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, 1st Special Forces Command (Supply Support Activity Level (MTOE) 4A. Echo Forward Support Company, 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), Maintenance Below Depot Level (Small MTOE).  Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Maintenance below Depot Level (Medium MTOE). Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), Aviation Ground Maintenance. Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Battalion, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), the runner up in the USASOC Aviation Ground Maintenance category, will move on to the Army CLEA competition.