TEC engineer receives coveted Bronze de Fleury Medal

| March 12, 2010 | 0 Comments

412th Theater Engineer Command
News Release

FORT SHAFTER – Lt. Col. Max Diaz-Belmar, chief, 412th Theater Engineer Command Forward, Hawaii and Korea, received the highly coveted Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal in a ceremony, March 2, here at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division.

Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commanding general and division engineer of Pacific Ocean Division, made the award presentation on behalf of Maj. Gen. Paul Hamm, commander, 412th TEC, who could not be present.

Brig. Gen. Mark Yenter, commanding general and division engineer for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Pacific Ocean Division, congratulates Lt. Col. Max Diaz-Belmar, chief of the 412th Theater Engineer Command Forward, Hawaii and Korea. Diaz-Belmar received the Army Engineer Association’s Bronze de Fleury Medal at an awards ceremony on March 2 at the Pacific Ocean Division Headquarters. (Photo Courtesy of the Corps of Engineers-Pacific Ocean Division)As a room full of engineers and other Corps’ professionals looked on, Yenter commended Diaz-Belmar for his outstanding service and contributions that led to this distinct honor.

In particular, the TEC engineer was cited for consistently displaying the highest degree of professional competence, moral integrity, and devotion to duty through his military career.

Diaz-Belmar’s accomplishments have been many throughout his career.

For example, he provided engineering expertise in support of activities from Army-level combined/joint exercises to the U.S. Pacific Command’s humanitarian assistance programs.

In addition, Diaz-Belmar was instrumental in the application of new doctrine set forth in Field Manual 3-34 and FM 3-0, and ensuring the relationships doctrine creates in the engineer communities is readily established and followed.

Also, his efforts include incorporating U.S. Army reserve component units into valid engineer projects, which greatly expanded the unit’s construction experience and the leadership’s knowledge of the Pacific region.

Additionally, Diaz-Belmar identified USARC training opportunities early and synchronized exercise timelines to ensure repeated successes.

Finally, he continues to provide valuable input to the U.S. Army-Pacific training exercise process to plan and coordinate outstanding training opportunities for Army Reserve Soldiers throughout the Pacific.

Named after the French engineer, Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury, who demonstrated courage and intrepid behavior while volunteering to serve with the American Army in its fight for independence from Britain in the late 1700s, the medal was adopted by the Engineer Regiment because the values it represents have special meaning to Engineer Soldiers.

It is understood that the de Fleury Medal was the first Congressional Medal struck, if not the first medal authorized.

Presentation of the de Fleury Medal, to those individuals meeting established criteria, began in 1989. Soldiers and civilians, active and retired, from enlisted Soldiers to generals, to the Chief of Staff of the French army, proudly wear the de Fleury Medal.

The de Fleury Awards Program is administered by the Army Engineer Association for the Corps.

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