awards

de Fleury and beyond

The AEA, with the support of prominent Supporting Firm Members of the association, sponsors several award recognition programs to benefit soldiers and civilians who are a part of Army engineering. These programs are described below, along with links to contacts and/or downloads of processing forms.

The Bronze, Silver, and GOLD Order of the de Fleury Medal

The AEA sponsors the main Engineer Regimental professional excellence award — the de Fleuy Medal. The award supplements the U.S. Army awards system, but is not an official part of that system. The medal may, however, be worn at official Regimental functions. The medal is named for a French Engineer Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury who volunteered to serve with the American Army in its fight for independence from Britain during the American Revolutionary War. There are three orders of the medal — Bronze, Silver, and Gold. The latter is normally awarded only to a single individual each year. To download an MS Word file that fully explains the history and significance of the award, along with a list of prior GOLD Medal recipients, click on the link to the right. Award policy and application form also is available in the list to the right.


The Steel Order of the de Fleury Medal

The senior leadership of the Regiment determined a need for an award to recognize junior soldiers and civilians within the Engineer Regiment. Based on input from senior Commanders and their Sergeants Major, they recommended the award be named the Steel de Fleury Medal. The Steel de Fleury medal may be awarded to personnel in the grades CPT-1LT, SGT-SSG, WO1-CW2, GS-4 to GS-11, WG-4 to WG-15, and SPC serving on their first reenlistment.

POLICY: Nominee cannot have been awarded any other level of the de Fleury medal. No more than five Steel de Fleury Medals can be awarded within a battalion, district, or brigade/division headquarters per fiscal year. Echo companies and Engineer detachments will not award more than one per fiscal year. The approval authority for all Echo companies is the Division Engineer who must be a current member of AEA. Engineer detachments who do not have an engineer LTC or higher the approval authority is their component Deputy Assistant Commandant at the United States Army Engineer School. Approval authority is LTC Command or higher who are current members of the Army Engineer Association. The cost of the Steel de Fleury Medal is $45.00 which includes a certificate, medal, presentation box and shipping. Military and civilian personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve, USACE and National Guard are eligible to be awarded the Steel de Fleury Medal. AEA will maintain a database with awardees name, rank, unit and date presented to insure no element exceeds its fiscal year allocations. The Steel deFleury Medal application form is available at right.


The Essayons Award

This award pays homage to all the great spouses across the Engineer Regiment. The AEA established the Essayons Award to honor spouses who have voluntarily made significant contributions to the morale, welfare, and spirit of engineer units and organizations. In order to maintain the value and prestige of the award, we have established criteria that must be met in order for a nomination to be approved: (1) The nominee should be the spouse of an engineer Soldier or engineer DOD civilian. (2) The nominees spouse should be a member of AEA. (3) The nominee should be a spouse who has voluntarily provided significant contributions and support to the Engineer Corps, engineer units, engineer families, and/or multiple communities. (4) Most importantly, the spouse must possess qualities that set the individual apart from other Engineer Corps spouses or their peers. Spouses of military and civilian personnel from the Active Army, Army Reserve, or Army National Guard are eligible. Spouses of retired individuals are also eligible. Approval for this award is the Chief of Engineers, Deputy Chief of Engineers, Commandant U.S. Army Engineer School, Assistant Commandant U.S. Army Engineer School, and Engineer Brigade Commanders. ALL approval authorities must be current members of the Army Engineer Association. Obtain an application form at right.


CATERPILLAR SILVER de Fleury Medal

Caterpillar, Inc. sponsors a special Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal for officially retired members of the Regiment who retired from service between 1945 and 1975. Contact the AEA office at Fort Leonard Wood for details on award submission.


The Army Combat Engineer Sergeants (ACES) Award

This award recognizes the best Engineer Squad Leader/Section Sergeant in every Engineer Battalion, Separate Engineer Company/Detachment — Active, National Guard and Reserve component. Caterpillar provides financial support to this program. Get the application form at the right.


Best Platoon Leader Award

The award recognizes the top Engineer Platoon Leaders in the Army (Active and Reserve Components). The Army Engineer School administers this award and information pertaining to nomination procedures can be obtained by contacting the Engineer Personnel Proponency Office at 573.563.4087.


Van Autreve Award

The award is named to honor former Sergeant Major of the Army Leon Van Autreve and recognizes the Engineer Soldier of the Year in the Army active and reserve components. Battelle Memorial Institute provides support to this program. The Army Engineer School administers this award and information pertaining to nomination procedures can be obtained by contacting the Engineer Personnel Proponency Office at 573.563.4087.


Super Sapper Awards

Recognition of the Best Engineer Junior Ranking Soldier in each battalion or separate company size unit in the force. BAE Systems sponsors these awards. Get the application form at the right.


Flowers Award for Best Sapper Team

The AEA supports an award to the best team in the annual "Best Sapper" competition held at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Participation in the event is managed through the efforts of the cadre in the Engineer School's Sapper Leader Course. Teams of two come from throughout the force and undergo a rigorous multi-day series of competitive events that require demonstration of the highest level of physical fitness, mental stamina and ability to successfully perform a large number of combat and other engineer tasks. The award is represented by a bust of LTG (Ret) Robert Flowers, the 50th Chief of Engineers, and the person most responsible for the recognition of Army Sappers in relation to other high skill areas such as Ranger and Special Forces. BAE Systems supports the First Place award.


Best Warrant Officer Award

The award recognizes the top Engineer Warrant Officer in the Army (Active and Reserve Components). Kipper Tool provides support to this program with a plaque-type memento. The Army Engineer School administers this award and information pertaining to nomination procedures can be obtained by contacting the Engineer Personnel Proponency Office at 573-563-4087.


Best Civilian Award

This award recognizes annually the best civilian in the Engineer Regiment and is sponsored by LTG (Ret) John W. Morris. The Army Engineer School administers this award and information pertaining to nomination procedures can be obtained by contacting the Engineer Personnel Proponency Office at 573.563.4087.


OCS Hall of Fame

Any graduate of Officer Candidate School (OCS) who attains the rank of colonel or higher and served as an Engineer or is awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Service Cross, or Medal of Honor is eligible for induction into the Engineer OCS Hall of Fame. The AEA helps administer this program in coordination with the Army Engineer School. Obtain instructions for application at right.