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DL native receives Bronze de Fleury Medal

Brig. Gen. James Raymer, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, awards Maj. Andrew Swedberg, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, with the Bronze de Fleury Medal, May 20 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo., for his inspirational leadership and superior service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Brig. Gen. James Raymer, U.S. Army Engineer School commandant, awarded Maj. Andrew Swedberg, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence, with the Bronze de Fleury Medal, May 20 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.

Maj. Swedberg received the medal in recognition of his inspirational leadership and superior service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Swedberg is a 1996 graduate of Detroit Lakes High School, and a 2000 graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

The de Fleury Medal is U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ medal named after Francois Louis Tesseidre de Fleury, a French engineer, who volunteered to serve with the American Army in its fight for independence. In particular, de Fleury’s courage under fire in the Battle of Stony Point, N.Y. in 1779 won him the accolades of Congress. The U.S. Army Engineer Regiment adopted the de Fleury Medal as an award because of the values demonstrated by the man for whom it was struck.

The Engineer Regiment makes three award levels of the de Fleury Medal. The bronze medal may be presented to an individual who has rendered significant service or support to the Engineer Regiment. The silver medal may only be awarded to an individual who has rendered outstanding and significant support or service to the Engineer Regiment. The United States Army Chief of Engineers awards only one gold medal each year to an individual who exemplifies boldness, courage, and commitment to a strong national defense.

Maj. Swedberg has served more than 16 years as an officer in the U.S. Army, and is currently stationed at Fort Leonard Wood.

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