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I saw that (Obama) had given something to Mike, but I didn't find out what it was until later.

The US President Barack Obama was spotted stealthily handing a special challenge coin to the president of a South Dakota technical school last month. A spokesperson for Aspinline provides a comment.

Challenge coins are a well-known military accolade in the US. In the UK these medallions are only really known in the video game community thanks to hit titles such as Call of Duty. Last month the President of the United States was seen handing one such challenge coin to Mark Cartney, a retired USAF colonel, who is now president of a school in South Dakota.

"I saw it in his hand when he started to shake mine," Cartney told the local press. "I was stunned. I really don't remember much of what happened after that." Despite Cartney’s shock and awe, the school vice president saw the exchange from afar, commenting: “I saw that (Obama) had given something to Mike, but I didn't find out what it was until later. He said he was proud of Mike's military service, and that he was still serving the country through education."

Typically these coins are given by US military commanders to their charges. Despite the fact that Cartney had reportedly collected many challenge coins over his military career, one from the US President himself holds special significance. According to the AirForce Times, this particular challenge coin means that Cartney “will never have to buy a drink at a military bar again.”

Aspinline, a UK provider of unique promotional products, takes a keen interest in news such as this. A spokesperson for the company commented on the exchange, saying: “An exchange like this holds tremendous value and significance to millions of people in America. While it’s not a British custom which we are used to, it’s easy to see the appeal a unique medallion like this holds when given in thanks of a special deed or effort. It’s a unique tradition worthy of being adopted by businesses this side of the Atlantic.

“A highly collectable medallion like a high quality challenge coin can mean so much more than a simple hand shake or certificate. Giving a prized employee a challenge coin instead of a simple thanks or hand shake, for instance, could be a fantastic way of boosting morale and team spirit with your employees.”

Aspinline is a family run business that specialises in selling promotional products that you can customise with logos and text. For over ten years they’ve been supplying lanyards, keyrings, wristbands, pin badges and much more, with free UK delivery and a Price Beat Promise.

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