Paul R. Smith NCO Medal
The Paul R. Smith Noncommissioned Officer 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.
Any Active, Reserve, National Guard or Retired Non-commissioned Officer who has been a member of The Society for at least one year prior to nomination.
- Outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the Society Mission and military engineering over the last calendar year.
- Outstanding leadership and contributions to military engineering over the past three years.
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.