News: Lt. Col. Clifford A. Conklin honored with the Bronze Star and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal
Story by Alicia Embrey
CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Transatlantic Division commander Maj. Gen. Michael Eyre presented Lt. Col. Clifford A. Conklin with the Bronze Star and Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal during an awards ceremony Sept. 26, 2013 at Engineer Village, Camp Phoenix, Kabul, Afghanistan.
Lt. Col. Conklin was presented the Bronze Star medal in recognition for his exceptionally meritorious service while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom as the officer in charge, Camp Bastion, Transatlantic Afghanistan District, from Dec. 23, 2012 to Sept. 23, 2013.
During his tenure as the officer in charge at Camp Bastion, Lt. Col. Conklin delivered over $400 million in Afghanistan National Security Forces, Commanders Emergency Response Program and Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund projects in Regional Command-Southwest located in the Helmand and Nimroz provinces. His area and resident offices delivered eight Afghan National Security Forces projects for the Afghan National Army and Police while placing more than $100 million in construction.
In addition he received the Bronze Order of the de Fleury medal, on behalf of the Engineer Regiment, for his service as the officer in charge of the Helmand, Afghanistan Area Office and 28 years of service as a Corps of Engineers officer in the U.S.Army. According to Maj. Gen. Eyre, Lt. Col. Conklin’s high degree of professional competence, strong devotion to duty and country, and high standards of integrity and character clearly set the standard for his colleagues and subordinates.
His leadership, professionalism and technical competence are in keeping with the finest tradition of service and reflect great credit upon him, the Transatlantic Afghanistan District, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Army.
The Bronze Star is normally awarded to U.S. officers and senior enlisted who, while serving in any capacity in or with the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, or Coast Guard has distinguished, himself or herself by acts of heroism, acts of merit or meritorious service in a combat zone.
The Army Engineer Association on behalf of the Engineer Regiment awards the medal to honor individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army engineering. There are four levels of the de Fleury: steel, bronze, silver and gold. The Engineer Regiment adopted the de Fleury Medal as an award because of the values demonstrated by the man for whom it was struck - French engineer Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury, who in 1777 volunteered to serve with the American Army in its fight for independence from Britain.
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