President Barack Obama gives 185th Vice-Wing Commander, Mark Foreman, a coin.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -
When President Barack Obama stepped down from Air Force One onto the tarmac Saturday, he made a personal gesture few people could see.
He gave the 185th Vice-Wing Commander, Mark Foreman, a coin. The coin is one of the highest accolades a member in the service can receive. It's called a Challenge coin. It's traditionally given out to recognize special achievements by unit commanders.
Vice-Wing Commander Mark Foreman says he collects coins, but he never imagined he would get this honor from the Commander in Chief.
"I'm actually retiring officially today, and he made a point of coming to the bottom of the stairwell and thanking me for close to roughly 35 years of service," said Mark Foreman 185th Vice Wing Commander of the Air Fueling Wing.
Foreman grew up in Sioux City. He spent most of his career based at the Sioux City Air National Guard Base.
During his service he was deployed multiple times overseas, including parts of the Middle East.