Call for 2021 Red Ball Express Award Nominations
First call for nominations - September 25, 2020
Nomination Deadline - December 18, 2020
Committee to vote - January 14, 2021
Award winners notified - January 15, 2021
Materials deadline (citations, pics, bios) - February 5, 2020
Nominations should be in the form of a letter not exceeding two pages in length that are submitted to Dion Anglin at email@example.com with the following subject line: "Call for 2020 Red Ball Express Award Nominations."
Please see the Award Nomination Criteria tab for more information.
The “Red Ball Express” award was proudly named after the famous Transportation Unit in WWII.
The Red Ball Express was an enormous truck convoy system created in 1944 to supply Allied forces moving quickly through Europe after breaking out from the D-Day beaches in Normandy. Some 28 divisions were advancing across France and Belgium, each ordinarily requiring 700-750 tons a day. Patton's 3rd Army was soon grinding to a halt from lack of fuel and ordnance. The route, marked with red balls, was closed to civilian traffic; the trucks were marked with the same red balls and given priority on regular roads. The key to pursuit was a continuous supply of fuel and ordnance, thus leading to the Red Ball Express.
Since this award is from the Tactical Wheeled Vehicle (or Trucks) Division of NDIA, we thought the award should be a lasting tribute to those that pioneered the way for us that serve or support the military transportation industry today.