Walter O. Bachus Gold Medal
The SAME Gold Medal was first awarded in 1920. The medal is given to an SAME Member who demonstrates outstanding leadership skills in support of the SAME mission. In the spring of 2005, the Board of Direction changed the name of the Society's Gold Medal in honor of Brig. Gen. Walter O. Bachus, P.E., F.SAME, USA (Ret.), who served as SAME Executive Director from 1978 to 1993, and was a two-time recipient of the SAME Gold Medal.
Eligibility: A member of SAME for at least 20 years
The newly renamed Walter O. Bachus Gold Medal was presented for the first time at the 2006 Joint Engineering Education and Training Conference & Expo in New Orleans.
Nomination Criteria: Outstanding leadership and accomplishments in support of the SAME mission over the awardee's entire period of membership in the SAME.
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 by SAME National.