HISTORY OF POST COIN
In the spring of 2008, under the direction and guidance of Post President Mary Anderson, F.SAME, the Northern Virginia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers, announced an open competition for the design of a Post Coin that would recognize patronage and support to the Post. The competition was open to all Northern Virginia Post Members, Sustaining Member Firms, Students, and immediate family members.
LEFT: Coin designer Dave Huh with the award plaque for the winning design. RIGHT: Selection Committee chairman Dick Ragold presents the award plaque to Dewberry representatives Mike Callahan and Molly Wagner.
Recognition of the winning Post coin design at the July 10, 2008 NoVA Post meeting. Left: COL Stuart Harrison, P.E., F.SAME; Second from Right: Mary Anderson, F.SAME, Post President; Others L-R representing Dewberry: Mike Callahan, Rob Snow, Tom Christensen, Molly Wagner, and John Cardenas. (Winning designer Dave Huh was unable to attend.)
The front of the coin features three main elements: the eagle, an American symbol analogous to patriotism; a shield, to symbolize defense of our nation; and a columned structure, beneath the Post's name and charter date, to remind the coin recipient of the Northern Virginia Post's connection with Fort Belvoir.
The rear of the coin features the national SAME logo surrounded by a colorful graphic element punctuated by four stars, to remind the recipient of the guests that have provided insight and guidance to the Northern Virginia Post throughout its history. As mentioned in the Post's website history, "Five of the Post's first 10 speakers were generals and admirals. The Post's beginning started a trend of using flag officers assigned to the National Capital Region."
The Northern Virginia Post of the Society of American Military Engineers is justly proud of its unique and prestigious Post Coin.