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NEWS | March 2, 2022

I Sustain This Recognition Program: Nominate a Deserving Civilian Sustainer

Maintaining equipment to meet combat readiness requirements and stay in the fight, even under the most arduous of circumstances, often relies on the support of civilian sustainers and maintainers.

Whether it’s a Department of the Army civilian (DAC) or contractor and whether they turn a wrench at the local logistics readiness center (LRC) or field maintenance shop, operate a supply warehouse, serve as a logistics assistance representative (LAR), service equipment as a spray paint technician or issue items at a central issue facility, these sustainers often go above and beyond to ensure that military units, equipment and Soldiers are mission-ready.

Consider the following questions.
  •  Do you know of or work with civilian sustainers who support your unit, organization, installation or facilities and have made a positive impact on your unit’s readiness?
  •  Do they strive for excellence in all they do and complete their work with pride?
  •  Do they exhort their peers or Warfighters to do the same?
If the answer to these questions is “yes,” then nominate them for the PS Magazine I Sustain This” recognition program, where they’ll be featured on the magazine’s website.

The program works like this:
  1. Complete the nomination form located HERE. Nominations will be accepted on an ongoing basis. Anyone with first-hand knowledge of the civilian sustainer’s efforts and can speak authoritatively about the ways this individual enhances unit or fleet readiness can nominate a sustainer. That could be a peer, a supervisor, a maintenance leader or a unit leader.
  2. Contractor supervisors can nominate subordinates or peers BUT all nominations must include the name of the supported unit’s commander or DoD supervisor (military or civilian) or contracting officer representative.
  3. At the end of each month, one name among those submitted over the prior 30 days will be selected at random. The reason for making it random is to avoid concerns about the fairness of the selection process and to lessen the administrative burden of running a monthly selection panel.
  4. The magazine’s supervisory editor will communicate with the commander or supervisor of whomever is selected to ensure they concur with the nomination and endorse the recognition, unless that leader submitted the nomination.
  5. A photo or two of the nominated sustainers in their work setting or beside the type of vehicle or equipment they sustain is encouraged with all nominations. Please ensure, however, they're OPSEC-compliant and avoid any security violations.
You can email your pictures separately to:
Be sure to include the sustainer's name and relevant caption information.

Although the randomly-selected sustainer will be prominently featured, the names of all nominated sustainers, along with a brief explanation of the reason for their nomination, will be included on the “I Sustain This” webpage created for that month.

Nominees will also appear on PS’s social media platforms and newsletter.
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