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Award for Excellence in Curation, Collections Management, and Collections-based Research and Education from the Society for American Archaeology (SAA)


For over two decades of leadership and service to the profession in the curation and management of archaeological collections. Their work to rescue and rehabilitate collections that suffered from lack of appropriate care in substandard facilities, their willingness to develop innovative programs including the Veterans Curation Program, and their many partnerships and collaborations with other institutions, provide an enviable model for ensuring the continued benefit of the significant cultural heritage represented by archaeological collections to communities of scholars, affiliated peoples, and the public at large.


USACE Wounded Warrior Support Excellence and Achievement

For excellence in supporting veterans through the Veterans Curation Program.


Assistant Secretary of the Army, Civil Works, Jo-Ellen Darcy, Letter of Commendation

For support to the Department of Defense MIA/POW Accounting Agency.


Department of the Army, Superior Civilian Service Award

Dr. Michael K. Trimble

For superior civilian service as Director, Veterans Curation Program, St Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from October 2009 to December 2014. Dr. Trimble founded three national archaeological laboratories across the United States, ensuring that transitioning g Veterans receive training, skills, and support while curating the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers national archaeological collections. Dr. Trimble’s innovative foresight and devotion to duty reflect great credit upon himself, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the United States Army.


Army Engineer Association, The Bronze Order of the de Fleury Medal

Dr. Michael K. Trimble

For outstanding and exceptional service to the U.S. Army Engineer Regiment for over 27 years. Your initiatives in the areas of cultural resources management, mass-graves investigations, archives and records management, and collections management have placed the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a national leadership position. Additionally, your concern for the welfare of the Soldiers that serve and have served in the U. S. military is admirable and should be emulated by all those in public service. Your professional commitment and selfless service to the missions and goals of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Engineer Regiment, and the United States are values to which we all aspire.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Knowledge Management Early Adopter Award

Chris Pulliam

For being a true pioneer in Knowledge Management implementation, recognizing the need to initiate Knowledge Management principles in the St. Louis District and in the Curation and Management of Archeological Collections to foster information sharing and strategic use of knowledge, years in advance of specific USACE Knowledge Management guidance or policy, to best serve our customers and stakeholders.


Department of the Army, Commander’s Award for Civilian Service

St. Louis District Veterans Curation Program Team

For meritorious service to St. Louis District, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, from October 2009 to November 2014. The team planned and designed all three Veterans Curation Program Laboratories, trained nearly 175 veterans and provided them with tangible work skills and experiences through the rehabilitation and preservations of the Corps’ national collections. While making individual contributions through their areas of expertise in operations, archives training and archaeological curation, each team member played a vital role in the success of all three labs with 90 percent of the veterans either finding full-time employment or going on to further their education. The Team’s professionalism and significant contributions reflect great credit upon themselves, the St. Louis District and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


USACE Project Delivery Team of the Year Award

Tyrannosaurus Rex Team

For the successful transfer of the Nation’s T-rex to the Smithsonian Institution.


Department of the Army Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

For the successful transfer of the Nation’s T-rex to the Smithsonian Institution.


Executive Director Army National Military Cemeteries, Achievement Medal for Civilian Service

For exceptional support to the ANMC at Governors Island.



Register of Professional Archaeologists, McGimsey-Davis Distinguished Service Award

Dr. Michael K. Trimble

For a lifetime of effort and service in archaeology and cultural resource management.


Department of the Army, Commander's Award for Civilian Service

For exceptional support to Memphis District for the mitigation at Bird's Point Levee.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Certificate of Appreciation

For developing the ground-breaking Veterans Curation Project to employ and train Iraq and Afghanistan returning Veterans in archaeological curation processing thus advancing the public stewardship of federally owned archaeological collections.


Thlopthlocco Tribal Town Service Award

For military men and women for their service to American, and their continued efforts in the curation and preservation of American Indian history, culture, and artifacts through the Veterans Curation Project.


Federal Executive Board, Excellence in Government Award

In recognition for outstanding service to the federal government for the Veterans Curation Project.


Department of the Army, Certificate of Appreciation

For exceptional dedication, communication, and commitment to meet schedule, meet legal requirements, and establish and maintain good working relations with regional tribes.


American Cultural Resources Association

For Michael K. Trimble’s significant contributions to cultural resources management in the United States.


Confederated Tribes of Colville Reservation

In gratitude for the MCX CMAC for their work in completing the Marmes Rockshelter Repatriation and Reburial.


American Cultural Resources Association, Board of Directors Award

For leadership and outstanding contribution of services for the Veterans Curation Project.


Department of the Army, Secretary of Defense Medal for the Global War On Terrorism

The medal symbolizes the honor and achievement of civilians with the Department of Defense to defend freedom against danger that may develop on foreign soil.


Department of Army, Official Commendation

For outstanding performance on the Marmes repatriation and reburial Project Delivery team. The PDT operated under an expedited schedule, which required extraordinary dedication to the mission, often at personal sacrifice, to meet schedule requirements.


Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Chairman’s Award for Federal Achievement in Historic Preservation

For exemplary cultural resource-historic preservation efforts conducted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act benefiting veterans, Indian Tribes consultation, and the nationwide Geographic Information System inventory.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Civilian Employee of the Year

To Michael K. Trimble for the direction of the Mass Graves Investigation Team 2004-2007.


Department of the Army, Decoration for Exceptional Civilian Service

For leading the team that performed forensic mass-grave exhumations and analysis in Iraq, demonstrating America’s support to the Global War on Terrorism by emphasizing our resolve to bring to trial those individuals accused of unthinkable crimes against other human beings.


Letter of Appreciation, Kurdistan Region Presidential Diwan

For efforts of the team of archaeological specialists who investigated Iraq's mass graves, building the forensic case that helped convict Saddam Hussein of genocide.


Letter of Appreciation, Martyrs and Anfal Affairs Minister, Kurdistan

For efforts of the team of archaeological specialists who investigated Iraq's mass graves, building the forensic case that helped convict Saddam Hussein of genocide.


Partnership for Public Service, Service to America Medals, Finalist - International Affairs

In recognition of significant contribution to the nation in activities related to international affairs for Michael K. Trimble and the team of archaeological specialists who investigated Iraq's mass graves, building the forensic case that helped convict Saddam Hussein of genocide.


U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Project Delivery Team Excellence Award

For demonstrating exceptional teamwork to perform professional recovery and analysis of human remains interred in mass graves in Iraq. The archaeological and forensic mass-grave exhumations were performed in support of the Department of Justice Regime Crimes Liaison Office in Baghdad, Iraq. The PDT performed an essential and difficult mission under extraordinarily difficult conditions while preserving the dignity of the victims and their families.


Department of the Army, Commanders Award for Civilian Service

For duties associated with the highly visible and complex project funded by the General Services Administration known as the African Burial Ground.


U.S. General Services AdministrationSpecial Act Award

In recognition of significant contributions to the Rites of Ancestral Return Reinterment Ceremony and dedication in advancing the varied components of the African Burial Ground Project.


Society of Historical Archaeology Award of Merit

To Michael K. Trimble for his role as a tireless advocate of sound collections management practices and for his long term commitment to our national patrimony.



U.S. Department of Justice, Certificate of Commendation

For outstanding performance and invaluable assistance in support of the activities of the Environment and Natural Resources Division.


Depart of the Army, Official Commendation


For extraordinary efforts in completing the fieldwork and writing of Planning Level Survey reports for the Army National Guard Bureau. The project was undertaken with a very short suspense and it was completed on time and within budgetary restraints.

Vice President Al Gore’s Hammer Award


For significant contribution to the reinvention of government principles for archaeological curation.

U.S. Army Official Commendation


For outstanding efforts and accomplishments on the budgeting and program management of the MCX.

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers Commander’s Award for Civilian Service


To Michael K. Trimble for serving with distinction as the National Director of the Mandatory Center of Expertise for the Curation and Management of Archaeological Collections.

Department of the Army, CILHI Commendation


For assistance in the recovery of the remains of U.S. servicemen lost during the Vietnam War.

Select MCX CMAC Awards

Excellence in Government Award from the Federal Executive Board of Greater St. Louis

Collections Regionalization Team


In recognition of outstanding service to the United States Government.

Nashville District's Hedgehog Award

Lake Barkley Repatriation Project Team


For their work with Nashville District to verify the collection inventory, publish the required Federal Register Notices, and prepare the individuals and funerary objects for reburial according to the wishes of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

USACE Wounded Warrior Support Excellence and Achievement

Catherine Leese


For her exceptional dedication and support to the Veterans Curation Program (VCP) and its veteran participants. Her tireless efforts to expand the VCP, and her facilitation in the opening of new laboratories has resulted in numerous job opportunities for Veterans/Wounded Warriors. Ms. Leese's commitment to promoting the success of the VCP and its laboratory technicians has resulted in permanent employment and continuing education of Veteran/WW participants. Ms. Leese's remarkable achievements truly exemplify the USACE Wounded Warrior strategy and goals. It's an honor to recognize her significant efforts and assistance provided to our Nation's Wounded Warriors in finding employment.

MG Spellmon, U. S. Army Commanding, Superior Civilian Service Award


For superior service in support of NWD for Kennewick Man for 20 years.

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