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LEVI'S MILITARY COIN STORY In 2004 I was a budget officer in Okinawa Japan. Colonel Axelbank's unit had his budget cut. He asked my budget team for help. It took a few weeks but my team found solution that kept his unit functioning. The base commander praised Axelbank in front of all the other commanders. He said Axelbank had the most responsible budget on base. As a thank you, Axelbank surprised me by giving me his coin in front of my unit. It was special that Axelbank saw the value of my efforts. It's an honor to earn a coin from a man like Axelbank. 

LEVI'S MILITARY COIN STORY
In 2004 I was a budget officer in Okinawa Japan. Colonel Axelbank's unit had his budget cut. He asked my budget team for help.
It took a few weeks but my team found solution that kept his unit functioning. The base commander praised Axelbank in front of all the other commanders. He said Axelbank had the most responsible budget on base.
As a thank you, Axelbank surprised me by giving me his coin in front of my unit. It was special that Axelbank saw the value of my efforts. It's an honor to earn a coin from a man like Axelbank. 

A challenge coin is a small coin or medallion (usually military), bearing an organization’s insignia or emblem and carried by the organization’s members. Traditionally, they are given to prove membership when challenged and to enhance morale. In addition, they are also collected by service members. In practice, challenge coins are normally presented by unit commanders in recognition of special achievement by a member of the unit. They are also exchanged in recognition of visits to an organization. Read more about military coins.