Col. Christopher Sallese honored with de Fleury Medal

Published July 9, 2013
GALVESTON, Texas (July 9, 2013) – U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Southwestern Division Commander Brig. Gen. Thomas W. Kula presented Col. Christopher W. Sallese with the Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal during his retirement ceremony today at the USACE Galveston District’s Jadwin Building.

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.

“It is an honor and a privilege to have the engineering community recognize me for my contributions to the overall Engineer Regiment," said Sallese. “Throughout my military career I have learned that a great leader is one who is always working in pursuit of the organization’s vision while inspiring others to do the same and I hope I have been able to convey this during my tenure as commander. The district’s staff has continued to make sacrifices in order to execute our demanding mission. Without you all, the Corps would not be where it is today.”

Sallese was presented with the medal in recognition for more than 27 years of exceptional service to the Engineer Regiment in many positions of increasing responsibility, culminating in his selection as the USACE Galveston District commander. His wife, Amanda, was awarded the Essayons Award for her voluntary contributions to the morale, welfare and spirit of engineer units and organizations throughout their 17-year marriage.

A graduate of Pennsylvania State University with a Bach­elor of Science in Ceramic Science and Engineering, Sallese earned a Master of Science in Management from Troy State University and a master’s degree in Strategic Resources from Industrial College of the Armed Forces at Fort McNair, Washington D.C. He became the 50th commander of the district July 7, 2010 and retired from an extensive and rewarding career in the Army following the change of ceremony.

About the USACE Galveston District: The USACE Galveston District, established in 1880 and fondly known as the "Custodians of the Coast," plays a key role in America’s well-being by keeping waterways open for navigation and commerce and serves the nation as part of the world’s largest public engineering, design and construction management agency. Encompassing the Texas coast from Louisiana to Mexico; an area that spans across 50,000 square miles, contains more than 1,000 miles of channels (250 deep-draft and 750 shallow-draft), serves 28 ports and 700 miles of coastline, the district successfully executes its mission of providing vital public engineering services in peace and war to strengthen our nation’s security, energize the economy and reduce risks from disasters. With its 300 dedicated professionals, the district will continue to provide valuable navigation, flood risk mitigation, ecosystem restoration, shoreline protection, regulatory services, military construction and emergency management services to our nation and remains fully committed to continuing our mission of "BUILDING STRONG.

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