SCRA Manager: Mr. Bryan Tuschen
Signal Corps Regimental Association Awards
The GOLD and SILVER ORDER OF MERCURY, SILVER WAHATCHEE, and BREVET COLONEL Awards are very prestigious awards, please read through the criteria for these awards before submitting nominations. Significant contributions to the Association and Regiment are required for these awards and they are all National Awards Board approved ONLY.
Gold Order of Mercury
The SCRA now offers a Gold Order of Mercury to honor any Signal Soldier who died while deployed to or as a direct result of injuries or illness sustained in a Global War on Terror (GWOT) Theater. In addition to those soldiers who are deployed to a GWOT Theater of Operations, the Gold order of Mercury is also available for those soldiers who are killed in the line of duty or died from injuries or illness sustained by any terroristic action anywhere in the world and validated as such by the National Signal Corps Regimental Association Board of Directors. This award is presented to the soldier posthumously and should be used by the unit to provide to the family members during any memorial ceremony or event that recognizes the soldier. This award is at no cost to the unit.
The Order of Mercury / Brevet Colonel
The Order of Mercury, is a two-level award, Silver and Bronze, awarded to Association members in good standing. The Silver Order of Mercury is SCRA's highest award, given to people who stand above their peers and have made conspicuous long-term significant contributions to the Signal Regiment and the Signal Corps Regimental Association.
The primary purpose of the Signal Corps Regimental Association awards program is to recognize deserving *members of the Association who have made significant contributions to both the Signal Corps (Regiment) and the Signal Corps Regimental Association. They are available to any member of the Association of any rank or grade, military, military retiree, DA civilian, or civilian, serving in any capacity in support of our Regiment. Since Orders of Mercury are Association awards justifications must clearly describe those significant contributions the nominee has made to our Association and the Regiment. Association membership alone does not justify an award at any level. The purpose of our Association is to support our Regiment and these awards recognize the individuals who have most energetically and actively contributed to the Regiment and our Association. Standard military or civilian service awards are the appropriate choice to recognize contributions to the Army in general.
Association awards are unique and special to our members and our Regiment. To maintain the integrity of these awards it is essential that nominators and those involved in the approval process adhere to the criteria and uphold the standards for these awards. To do otherwise will deflate the significance of these awards and be unfair to those who have met these criteria and have been presented these awards. Our Board of Directors asks that those **colonels of the Regiment with Bronze Order of Mercury approving authority stand by these criteria
* A colonel of the Regiment is defined as any Signal Corps Colonel or a colonel in functional area 24 or 53 who has officially affiliated with the Regiment.
The Wahatchee Award, named for Georgia patriot Nancy Hart, is a Signal Corps award given to people who exemplify the volunteer spirit and have given the Corps long-term service. The award has two levels, silver and bronze, paralleling the Order of Mercury.
The nomination packet for either award should include a cover memorandum from the nominator; a one-page, double-spaced justification which details the nominee's contributions to the Signal Corps community; a point of contact with complete mailing address and desired presentation date; and payment for the award. The Wahatchee costs $30.
Processing time is four weeks. The package should be sent to SCRA national headquarters.
After the nominator forwards the nomination packet to SCRA, SCRA prepares and mails the approved awards back to the nominator. Disapproved nominations are returned to the nominator with the prepayment. If a Silver Wahatchee request is downgraded to a Bronze Wahatchee, the difference in cost is returned to the nominator.