This past week, Colonel David L. Coggins, USMC (Ret.), presented his presidential challenge coin to Cadet Ian McHarg in recognition and appreciation of the work he performed as a volunteer helping the staff of the maintenance department set up tents and accommodations at the Gus Lacy Classic annual track meet earlier this month. Cadet McHarg is a junior and is the son of Kevin and Karen McHarg of Apex, North Carolina.
Challenge coins are small, medallion-like tokens, often adorned with the emblem or insignia of the presenting organization. Challenge coins serve as a symbol of membership, belonging, and camaraderie, forging a strong bond among those who possess them. Additionally, they are used to acknowledge an individual's achievements, dedication, or exemplary service, and serve as a tangible reminder of the appreciation and respect of their peers and superiors.
Receiving a challenge coin is a great honor, as it signifies that the recipient has played a special role, making a significant impact on their peers and the organization as a whole.
Learn more about challenge coins in our blog post, "The Honor and Tradition of Challenge Coins."