Engineers Hold Awards Ceremony in Iraq


 By Major Lorraine Januzelli - Published - Sept. 27, 2004


Photo by Maj. Scott Reading

115th HHC assembled on the stairs. Standing in front are De Fleury receipts from left to right:  Master Sgt. Elliott Aanerud, Chief Warrant Officer Rick Francom, Lt. Col. Don Summit. Matt Taylor holds the 115th Engineer Group guidon.  Sgt. Maj. Dan Gordon hold Engineer Guidon.  Photo by Maj. Scott Reading.

September 11 – The 115th Engineer Group held a De Fluery ceremony at the base of the Mesopotamia Ziggurat near the ancient city of Ur.  Bronze De Fluery medals were awarded to Lt. Col. Don Summit, Master Sgt. Elliot Aanerud and Chief Warrant Officer Rick Francom for a combined 83 years of dedicated service to the Engineer Regiment. The 115th Engineer Group (Construction) Utah National Guard is headquartered in Draper, Utah.  The unit is now stationed at Camp Adder in Tallil, Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom II.  An additional ceremony was conducted on top of the Ziggurat to award the 115th EN GP soldiers combat patches for their service during Operation Iraqi Freedom II followed by a brief remembrance service for the victims of September 11, 2001.