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Steel De Fleury Medal Presented

LRH
Published June 23, 2017
At the annual Organization Day Picnic and Awards Ceremony Colonel Secrist awarded the Steel De Fluery Medal to Sekia M. Dalton, Brandon Scott, John Johnson and Ronald S. Payne for their outstanding contributions to the Huntington District and the Engineer Regiment.

At the annual Organization Day Picnic and Awards Ceremony Colonel Secrist awarded the Steel De Fluery Medal to Sekia M. Dalton, Brandon Scott, John Johnson and Ronald S. Payne for their outstanding contributions to the Huntington District and the Engineer Regiment.

The De Fleury Medal, an award of the US Army Engineer Association, was named in honor of François-Louis Teissèdre de Fleury, a French Engineer in the Continental Army.

As the Corps of Engineers implemented the U.S. Army Regimental System, the senior Engineer leadership sought a method for the Corps to honor those individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army Engineering.

The Army Regimental System was developed to emphasize the history, customs, and traditions of the Corps; so MG Daniel R. Schroeder, then Commanding General of Fort Leonard Wood and US Army Engineer School Commandant, wanted an award that would tie in with the beginnings of the nation and the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Engineer Regiment adopted the de Fleury Medal as an award because of the values demonstrated by the man for whom it was struck – values of special meaning to Engineer Soldiers. It is understood that the de Fleury Medal was the first Congressional Medal struck, if not the first medal authorized.


Medal description

On the obverse of the medal is a Latin inscription meaning: "A MEMORIAL AND REWARD FOR COURAGE AND BOLDNESS". In the center appears the image of a helmeted soldier standing amidst the ruins of a fort, holding in his right hand an unsheathed sword, and in his left the staff of the enemy's flag, which he tramples underfoot.

On the reverse, again in Latin: "FORTIFICATIONS, MARSHES, ENEMIES OVERCOME". In the center the fortress at Stony Point is depicted with both turrets and a flag flying. At the base of the hill are two shore batteries, one of which is firing at one of six vessels on the Hudson River. Beneath the fort is the legend: "STONY POINT CARRIED BY STORM, JULY 15, 1779".

 

Levels of de Fleury Medal

The Engineer Regiment makes four award levels of the de Fleury Medal.

• The STEEL Medal may be presented to an individual whose selfless service provided to the Engineer Regiment as it supports the Army to assure mobility, enhance protection, enable expeditionary logistics, and build capacity in order to provide commanders with the freedom of action needed to win full spectrum operations in an era of persistent conflict.

• The BRONZE Medal may be presented to an individual who has rendered significant service or support to an element of the Engineer Regiment.

• The SILVER Medal may only be awarded to an individual who has rendered outstanding and significant support or service to the Engineer Regiment.

•  The United States Army Chief of Engineers awards only one GOLD medal each year to an individual who exemplifies boldness, courage, and commitment to a strong national defense.

 

The citations read:

Sekia M. Dalton

Ms. Sekia Dalton is commended for outstanding performance as a Lake Project Assistant at Dillon Lake.  Dillon Lake has experienced significant personnel turnover during the last two years, including the manager's position.  Ms. Dalton has been a rock in keeping the Dillon project going by supporting new and temporary managers to seamlessly continue accomplishing the Corps of Engineers missions at Dillon Lake.  In addition to these challenges, when the Scioto Area Office Assistant position became vacant, she not only came to the Area Office and worked on TDY as the Area Office Assistant, she also continued to perform work for the Dillon Lake Project Office working overtime to ensure mission accomplishment there.  She selflessly sacrificed herself for the Corps of Engineers to accomplish the administrative duties at both the Scioto Area Office and the Dillon Lake Project Office for a period of four months.  Her dedication to duty and selfless service reflects great credit upon herself, the Huntington District, and the U.S. Army corps of Engineers.

 

Brandon Scott

Mr. Scott joined the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Huntington District, in the Cost Section in 2009 as a co-op student.  In 2013, upon graduation with his engineering degree, Mr. Scott was hired to full-time permanent position as cost engineer in the cost section.  Mr. Scott currently serves as a GS-11 cost engineer and Department of Energy (DOE) subject matter expert in Cost Engineering Section, Cost and Technical Support Branch.  In that capacity, he prepares, coordinates, and provides quality assurance for a numerous variety of civil works, nuclear security, and environmental project cost estimates ranging from preliminary, reconnaissance, and feasibility level estimates to independent government estimates for contract awards.  Mr. Scott has quickly advanced himself to a highly effective lead cost engineer, and at times project manager, working with project delivery teams and technical staff in all aspects of cost engineering, budgeting, scheduling, earned value, risk analysis, and execution.  Mr. Scott’s accomplishments and professionalism have brought great credit to himself and the Corps of Engineers.

 

John Johnson

Mr. John Johnson is recognized for his outstanding leadership and dedication from October 2014 to February 2017 in directing the civil site layout and design for the right abutment at Isabella Dam for the Sacramento District.  The Dam Safety Modification Project is a USACE Mega-Project in which the Isabella Dam is being raised by 16 feet.  During this period, Mr Johnson was responsible for leading the civil layout and design support for the right side abutment.  The design included several closure structure alternatives for a swing gate, a miter gate, and a new spillway design to be constructed on the right abutment of the main embankment dam.  Because of his outstanding work and the loss of the key home district Civil Site engineer in May 2016, Mr. Johnson’s took on the addition responsibility of leading the civil site layout and design effort for raising of the main dam in addition to the right abutment.  His efforts continue to significantly contribute to the ongoing successful completion of the design of necessary modifications to a critical flood damage reduction project.  Mr Johnson’s willingness to take on and help lead these challenging assignments makes him a true asset to the Huntington District.  His professionalism, diligence, and dedicated service reflect great credit upon himself, the Huntington District, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Army.

 

Ronald S. Payne

Mr. Ronald S. Payne is recognized for his outstanding leadership and dedication from May 2013 to April 2017 in providing quality assurance for the Dam Safety Assurance Phase 4 construction project at Bluestone Dam for the Huntington District.  The Dam Safety Assurance Project is part of the USACE Mega-Project which is installing 278 high capacity anchors at Bluestone Dam.  During this period, Mr. Payne was responsible for providing quality assurance during the installation of these anchors as well as working closely with the contractor to assure that the work is performed in a safe manner.  Because of his outstanding work and efforts with working with the contractor, the contractor has improved greatly toward performing its work in a safe manner.  His work with the contractor’s Quality Control Team has resulted in a minimum amount of deficiencies occurring.  His efforts in quality assurance and safety is a key reason why the Dam Safety Assurance Phase 4 project is currently within budget and ahead of schedule.  Mr. Payne’s willingness to take on and help lead this challenging assignment makes him a true asset to the Huntington District.  His professionalism, diligence, and dedicated service reflect great credit upon himself, the Huntington District, the United States Army Corps of Engineers, and the Department of the Army.