The Churchill Medal is a prestigious award presented annually to a team or individual for outstanding achievements and contribution in engineering and technical advancement in support of military operations.
Awarded jointly by a number of professional engineering institutions (PEIs) including the IET, the winners of the 2014/15 award are the UK/US Royal Signals Infantry team for their work on Operation Resolute Support.
Warrant Officer Class 2 Kearney, Staff Sergeant (Yeoman of Signals) Piff, Sergeant First Class Henderson and Sergeant Fothergill formed a team that designed, built and ran communications for the Kabul security force - the newest element of Operation Resolute Support, which provides protection and movement control for the 3,000-plus NATO forces in Kabul.
The team worked tirelessly to plan, engineer and maintain interoperable networks that have directly strengthened the operational effectiveness, protection and safety of US, UK and NATO forces in the Afghan capital. BAE Systems generously sponsored the event, which was held at The Royal Society of Chemistry last November, and Chief Test Pilot Mark Bowman presented the winners with the medal on behalf of the joint PEIs.
“Sir Winston Churchill expressed great enthusiasm for this award, reflecting on the important contribution by engineers of all disciplines to the military needs in the Second World War,” says IET Head of Membership Mark Organ. “On behalf of the joint professional engineering institutions, we are proud and honoured to carry on this legacy and award this prestigious medal to the brave men and women of today’s Armed Forces.”
The Churchill Medal is awarded jointly by the IET, Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST), the Royal Aeronautical Society (RAeS), the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institution of Royal Engineers (InstRE), the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the Society of Operations Engineers (SOE).
More photos from the award ceremony can be found on our Churchill Medal web pages.