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Posted 3/1/2017

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By Michelle Stewart
U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, Public Affairs

The Honorable Katherine G. Hammack, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Installations, Energy & Environment), recently coined Engineer Research and Development Center’s Fulton C. Carson, computer scientist, Estuarine Engineering Branch, Coastal Hydraulics Laboratory, for his outstanding contributions to Office of the ASA (IE&E) during his assignment as the ERDC liaison officer. Military and civilian personnel are “coined” or presented “Challenge coins,” as they are known, for exemplary service, acts and morale boosting. Earning one is a real honor enjoyed by the best of the best.  Since World War I, custom challenge coins have been used by the military as a way to keep Soldiers strong.

Carson was competitively selected and served a six-month developmental assignment from May through October 2016, as the subject matter expert on research technical and programmatic matters in the Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Strategic Integration.  During his assignment, he worked extensively on the Army Installations 2035 Futures Workshop initiatives that involved the development of pilot concepts that are focused on changing the paradigm of today’s current installations into those installations designed for the 2035-2050 future period.

Carson also represented OASA (IE&E)SI at several key headquarters, Department of the Army and Army command meetings.

In addition to the coin, Carson was also presented the United States flag that was flown over the Pentagon on Oct. 10, 2016, by some of the ASA(IE&E) staffers.

“I was very excited and humbled to receive such and honor from Honorable Hammack … it was a tremendous opportunity to represent ERDC at such an office and work in the Pentagon,”   Carson said.Hammack was appointed the ASA IE&E by President Obama on June 28, 2010. She serves as the primary adviser to the Secretary of the Army and Chief of Staff of the Army on all Army matters related to Installation policy, oversight, and coordination of energy security and management.

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