Patrick M. Coullahan, P.E., PMP, CFM, F.SAME, Chief of Construction and Operations Division with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, received the Wheeler Medal from the Society of American Military Engineers at a national awards ceremony May 23 in St. Louis, Mo. The national award is named in honor of Lt. Gen. Raymond A. Wheeler, a former Chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, for outstanding contributions to military engineering by a civilian or uniformed member of the Army.
Coullahan received the award for creating a renewed emphasis on understanding and implementing standardized business practices for military and civil works customers. He worked successful improvements and conclusions for the Missile Defense Agency Ground-Based Mid Course Defense system; U.S. Air Force MILCON mission modernization for multiple F-22 and C-17 facility beddown projects; and U.S. Army Transformation projects for positing of Airborne and Stryker Brigades in Alaska. Coullahan led several American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 projects throughout Alaska, including work for the U.S. Marine Corps, National Atmospheric and Oceanographic Agency, the Port of Anchorage, as well as multi-year construction of the new Akutan Harbor in the Aleutian Islands. He also helped develop the Arctic Warfighter Training program for soldiers assigned to the Warrior Transition Unit to work in the Alaska District offices as they transition to civilian life.
Coullahan has been responsible for construction and operations throughout Alaska for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers since 2008. He is a retired United States Air Force colonel, where he served a 29-year career as a civil engineer followed by three years as a private sector senior engineer supporting Missile Defense Agency Ground-based Midcourse Defense in Alaska and four years as chief of operations for URS Alaska..
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