Company supply sergeant leads unit to national recognition
The 133rd Engineer Battalion’s Forward Support Company (FSC) received the national Supply Excellence Award (SEA) in the individual unit category in a ceremony held Oct. 14, with staff and family attending. The award is given each fiscal year by the U.S. Army Chief of Staff for superior performance improving combat readiness in four areas: mission accomplishment, effective resource management, innovative logistics management, and soldier quality of life.
Sgt. 1st Class David Chabe, outgoing supply sergeant for the Forward Support Company, received the Army Commendation Medal for his central role in the unit award.
Col. Ham Richards noted that the national supply award recognizes that the FSC has the best supply room and procedures of all company level units in the National Guard.
Adjutant Gen. Douglas Farnham congratulated the FSC and Chabe for setting a great example. “Supply and logistics professionals play a pivotal role in any military organization’s ability to be ready at a moment’s notice,” he said. “A trained force that is improperly equipped will not be combat-effective.”
“The accomplishment of this award is not a plaque for a display case,” said Chabe. “It is in our organization coming together, shoulder to shoulder, and making decisions based on knowledge and experience. The efforts of the members of the Forward Support Company and the support of the 133rd Engineer Battalion were instrumental in bringing this award to Maine.”
Since 2011, the Maine Army National Guard has produced 11 regional SEA winners, three national winners, one national Army runner up, and one national Joint runner up with all the Armed Services competing together.

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