This prestigious engineer award was in recognition for Sprynczynatyk's
exceptionally meritorious service to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Army National Guard spanning more than three decades.
Sprynczynatyk was at the armory briefing about 200 Guard Soldiers on the first stop of his annual holiday command visits and was unaware of the award until Brig.
Gen. Al Dohrmann, deputy adjutant general for the North Dakota National Guard
, stepped forward and began reading a brief history of the de Fleury medal.
Dohrmann then followed up with a brief narrative of Sprynczynatyk's achievements that earned him the medal.
was surprised as family members entered the area carrying the medal and a large wooden frame that contained the award citation.
Sprynczynatyk's spouse Connie Sprynczynatyk, Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army, placed the "The Silver Order of the de Fleury Medal" around his neck as the award citation was read aloud.
After the presentation, a letter from North Dakota Gov
Sprynczynatyk thanked the North Dakota National Guard family and his mentors and said "It is truly an honor to serve as the adjutant general and to be able to represent all of the great Soldiers and Airmen of the North Dakota National Guard when working with government officials and other agencies.