SDI employee MAJ (R) Voyed Couey was inducted into the Bronze Honorable Order of St Michael by COL Richard T. Haggerty at PEO-STRI during I/ITSEC in Orlando, FL. MAJ Couey was recognized for his distinguished career and exceptional service to his country as a soldier, officer, aviator, and leader for over 20 years. Among his many accomplishments, MAJ Couey served as a Trainer/Mentor at the Joint Readiness Training Center in Fort Polk, LA becoming the Chief of Aviation Plans Exercise Maneuver Control and he was instrumental in making the Special Operations Aviation (SOA) rotary wing fleet the most technically advanced aircraft in the world today. His career culminated as the Assistant Program Manager for the Silent Knight Radar, one of only two major acquisition category II programs managed by USSOCOM.
The Order of Saint Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates, and peers. These individuals demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation community with distinction. The legendary image of Saint Michael defeating the dragon exemplifies the bravery and gallantry that we associate with the Aviation soldier. His angelic qualities demonstrate the boldness and swiftness of Army Aviation on the battlefield. As a brave warrior and protector, Saint Michael is the embodiment of courage and justice and is an appropriate symbol of the values and high level of excellence exhibited throughout Army Aviation.
From left to right: Brian Holmes, AAAA Central Florida Chapter President; LTC Al Niles, PM STS; MAJ (R) Voyed Couey; COL Haggerty, PM ITTS; andCOL (R) Kevin Vizzarri, VP of Membership AAAA Central Florida Chapter.