Seventeen 2nd Engineer Battalion Soldiers were recognized last week during an award ceremony held in front of the battalion headquarters on Jan. 31. The Soldiers were recognized by the battalion commander, Lt. Col. James Koeppen, in front of the entire battalion during the morning’s formation.
Maj. Travis Tilman, Capt. Joshua Blizzard, 1st Sgt. Eduardo Ruiz, and Sgt. First Class Ramon Martinez were each individually recognized for their significant contributions to the Engineer Regiment with the Bronze de Fleury Medal. Named after Lt. Col. Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury, a French man who volunteered to fight with the American Army as an engineer during the Revolutionary War, the medal honors individuals who have rendered significant service or support to an element of the Engineer Regiment. On Oct. 1, 1779, the Continental Congress awarded de Fleury with a medal struck in his honor for his valor at recapturing Stony Point from the British.
Spc. Shane Gillam and Pfc. Nicholas G. Scrogham both from the 40th Mobility Augmentation Co. were also honored with the Army Commendation Medal, for their proactive leadership during their recent deployment to Afghanistan. Spc. Felecia Hataway was also recognized with a Combat Medic Badge due to her medical care efforts during a recent deployment. Six Soldiers: Cpl. Jimmy Avila, Spc. Kit Carlson, Pfc. Kaleb Bunkers, Pfc. Brian Bautista, Pfc. Brandyn Phillips, and Pfc. Logan Mattei were each individually awarded the Combat Action Badge for their actions in battle during a recent deployment.
Sgt. First Class Christopher P. McClain was promoted to Master Sergeant followed by three soldiers: Sgt. Kyle Puckett, Sgt. Shae Crusch, and Sgt. Zachary W. Vanness, who were promoted to the rank of Sergeant to close out the day’s formation.