SAME Honors Outstanding Marine Engineer Officer and Senior NCO

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The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) recently recognized two U.S. Marine Corps Engineers for their exceptional efforts.  The SAME-sponsored awards—the Engineer Officer of the Year Award and the Engineer Senior NCO of the Year award—were presented at the Marine Corps Engineer Association (MCEA) Reunion and Awards Banquet held Oct. 27, 2011, in San Diego, Calif.  These SAME Engineer of the Year Awards honor the “best of the best” of these bright, dedicated Marines. This year’s award winning engineers are:

USMC Engineer Senior NCO of the Year

Gunnery Sergeant Jerry G. Morris

Gy. Sgt. Jerry G. Morris is honored as the USMC Engineer Senior NCO of the Year. The award was presented by Rear Adm. Mark. A. Handley (L) and SAME Exceutive Director Robert D. Wolff, Ph.D., P.E., F. SAME (R).

Gy. Sgt. Jerry G. Morris was recognized as the USMC Engineer Senior NCO of the Year for superior performance of duties while serving as a Platoon Sergeant with the 1st Marine Division from April 2010 to March 2011. His overall selfless leadership are best noted on two occasions. On Nov. 9, 2010, Gy. Sgt. Morris’s lead vehicle struck an IED, which triggered an ambush from an enemy force. Gy. Sgt. Morris courageously exposed himself to enemy fire, established security and coordinated the extraction and evacuation of the casualties while simultaneously directing his platoon’s response. On Dec. 16, 2010, the platoon’s lead cougar took a direct hit from an IED, which triggered enemy mortar and small arms fires. Gy. Sgt. Morris successfully cleared the surrounding area of all IED threats and spearheaded the extraction of the four marines out of the disabled vehicle while ensuring effective fires that ultimately forced the enemy to retreat.

USMC Engineer Officer of the Year

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Anthony Reiter

Chief Warrant Officer Anthony Reiter is recognized as the USMC Engineer Officer of the Year.

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Anthony Reiter was recognized as the USMC Engineer Officer of the Year for meritorious service while serving as Platoon Commander, Combat Logistics Battalion 3, from April 2010 to March 2011. CWO3 Reiter was responsible for integrating 73 marines and 12 different military occupational specialties, coming from 10 different parent commands, in preparation for a deployment in support of operation enduring freedom. His leadership resulted in a cohesive unit and were instrumental in the formation of his platoon as they conducted their three month workup in Okinawa, Hawaii and California.

SAME is now accepting nominations for its 2011 Awards Program. Nominations deadline is Jan. 31, 2011; awards will be presented at the 2012 Joint Engineer Training Conference & Expo (JETC) on May 22 to 25 in St. Louis, Mo. Click here for details on nominating an individual, company or public agency.

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