Nashville, Tenn. (Feb. 11, 2013)--Three U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Nashville District employees were recognized for their service today by Lt. Col. James A. DeLapp, district commander.
Mark A. Rankin, public affairs specialist, received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service for meritorious service with the Transatlantic District-North, U. S. Army Corps of Engineers in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from Sept. 11, 2011 to Dec. 1, 2012.
During his 14-month deployment to Afghanistan, Rankin “ably served as staff videographer, photographer and social media manager, writer, editor and event coordinator,” according to his citation.
He also received the Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War on Terrorism.
This was Rankin’s first deployment as a civilian employee. He previously deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan during his U.S. Navy career.
Patty Coffey, presently assistant chief, Operations Division, received the Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her previous service as chief, Planning Branch.
In addition to other accomplishments, Coffey rebuilt the Project Planning Branch following a period of high attrition, transforming it into a high-performing organization, according to her citation.
Connie Hardeman, security manager, received a Certificate of Appreciation for her service during New York District’s response to Hurricane Sandy and as an ENGLink Strikeforce member in the Emergency Operations Section.