Three employees at the U.S. Army Engineer Research Development Center in Vicksburg recently received de Fleury medals in a special ceremony presented by ERDC Commander Col. Kevin Wilson. Dr. Jeffery Holland, ERDC director, received the Silver Order of the de Fleury medal, while Dr. William Martin, director of the Coastal and Hydraulics Laboratory (CHL) and Dr. Robert Davis, director of the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL) in Hanover, N.H., received the Bronze Order of the de Fleury.
The medal honors individuals who have provided significant contributions to Army engineering. There are four levels of the de Fleury: Steel, Bronze, Silver and Gold.
Holland was presented with the award in recognition for more than 32 years of exceptional service to the Engineer Regiment in many positions of increasing responsibility and highlighted by his achievements as ERDC director. Holland earned a bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering, with honors, from Western Kentucky University, and a master’s degree in environmental and water resources engineering from Vanderbilt University. He holds a doctorate in civil engineering from Colorado State University. He has been in his current position since January 2010.
A Memphis, Tenn., native, Martin was cited for outstanding leadership, selfless service and career contributions to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and ERDC. He holds a bachelor’s in civil engineering from the University of Tennessee, a master’s in the same and an MBA in finance, both from Memphis State University, and a doctorate in civil engineering from the University of Memphis.
Davis was recognized for his exceptional performance for research and development accomplishments and leadership as CRREL director. His accomplishments have significantly improved the capabilities of soldiers in performing route clearance missions in current overseas contingency operations, strategic planning and mobility in survival of the world’s most austere environments. Davis holds a dual bachelor’s degree in geology and geography, a master’s in geography and a doctorate in geography, all from the University of California, Santa Barbara.