Paul R. Smith NCO Medal


The Paul R. Smith NCO Medal was named in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Paul Ray Smith, recipient of the Medal of Honor for his actions during the War on Terrorism. The NCO medal was first approved at the SAME Board Meeting in June 2006 and the first award was presented at the SAME Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo in May 2007. The medal's name was changed to honor Sgt. 1st Class Smith in 2009.

Eligibility: Any Active, Reserve, National Guard or Retired Noncommissioned Officer who has been a member of The Society for at least one year prior to nomination.

Nomination Criteria:

  1. Outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the Society Mission over the last calendar year.
  2. Outstanding leadership and contributions to military engineering over the past five years.

Nomination Process:
Nominations for this award must be made by a Society member and endorsed by a Post President or member of the National Board of Direction, using the Society nomination form. The Post President or member of the National Board of Direction endorsing the nomination will verify that the individual meets the eligibility criteria for the award, and that the nomination package provides information to support each of the nomination criteria and all required information on the nominee. The nominator is responsible for ensuring the package, with endorsement, is received at SAME HQ by the deadline. Nominations for the 2015 Award recipients will open January 2016.

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  • 2014
Senior Master Sgt. Rigoberto Chacon, USAF
  • 2013
[Not Awarded]
  • 2012
Senior Master Sgt. Frank Lakotich, USAF
  • 2011
Master Sgt. Kyle R. Mason, USAF
U.S. Air Forces-Europe
  • 2010
Master Sgt. Edward J. Quinn, USAF
Honorable Mention: Bernard Ben-Carew, ADCS, USN
  • 2009
Chief master Sgt. Ronald Kruse, P.E., USAF
U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command
  • 2008
Senior Master Sgt. Gerald A. Schenck Jr., USAF
U.S. Air Force Civil Engineer Support Agency
  • 2007
Chief Master Sgt. Michael Drumming, USAF
U.S. Air Force Air Education and Training Command, Civil Engineering
  • 2006
Commad Sgt. Maj. William D. McDaniel Jr., USA
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Gulf Region Division


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