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Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III gives a presentation to Soldiers and family members about suicide, sexual harrassment and hazing Sept. 14 at the Resiliency Training Campus. He then presented his coins to a few select Soldiers.

FORT SILL, Okla. -- Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler III awarded the sergeant major of the Army coin to three Soldiers assigned to the 75th Fires Brigade Sept. 14 at the Resiliency Training Campus here.

Chandler presented the signature coin to the 'Tough as Diamond' Soldiers and other service members assigned to the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill after holding a town hall meeting. There he addressed three key issues that are affecting the Army: suicide, sexual harassment and hazing.

The purpose for the presentation was to acknowledge the service members for their accomplishments while serving in their assigned unit.

"I try to be the best at everything I do," said Pfc. Phillip Evans, a human resource specialist assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Battery, 75th FiB.

"Receiving a coin from the sergeant major of the Army makes me feel really good, and it lets me know that my leaders are recognizing my performance on a daily basis," said Evans.

Pvt. Kiersten Carter, a computer detection systems repairer assigned to 2nd Battalion, 18th Field Artillery, also received a coin from the Army's highest senior enlisted service member.

"This was my first coin," said Carter. "It makes me feel proud receiving a coin as a private from the sergeant major of the Army."

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