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Meritorious Service Medal

June 22, 2010

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ATTENTION TO ORDERS.  CITATION TO ACCOMPANY THE AWARD OF THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL, SECOND OAK LEAF CLUSTER TO MAJOR CHRISTOPHER LANE.

 MAJOR CHRISTOPHER A. LANE distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States as Commander 86TH MUNITONS Squadron, 86TH LOGISTICS READNESS GROUP, 86TH AIRLIFT Wing,  Ramstein Air Base, Germany. 

DURING THIS PERIOD, MAJOR LANE DEMONSTRATED VISIONARY LEADERHIP WHILE MANAGING A THEATER MUNITIONS STOCKPILE VALUED IN EXCESS OF 414 MILLION DOLLARS.  HE BRILLIANTELY RE-SHAPED HIS SQUADRON IN RESPONSE TO A PROGRAM BUDGET DECISION THAT REDUCED HIS UNIT’S MANNING BY 47 PERCENT.  USING AIR FORCE SMART OPRATIONS FOR THE TWEENTY-FIRST CENTURY PRINCIPLES, HE LEANED PROCESSES WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY TRANFORMING HIS UNIT FOR A NEW MUNITIONS THEATER AIR HUB ROLE.  HIS ACTIONS WERE SUPERBLY SUCCESSFUL IN ACHIEVING EFFECTIVE OPERATIONS THAT INCLUDED AN AIR FORCE “BEST PRACTICE” FOR CUSTOMER TRAINING.  IN ADDITION, HE INSTITUED A CULTURE OF COMPLIANCE WITH A SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY VESTED WITH EVERY SQUADRON MEMBER.  HIS LEADERHIP IN THIS AREA WAS HIGHLY SUCCESSFUL AS EVIDENCED BY AN “EXCELLENT” RATING ON THE COMMAND 2009 INSPECTOR GENERAL UNIT COMPLIANCE INSPECTION AND AN “OUTSTANDING” RATING ON THE 2009 MOBILITY AIR FORCE LOGISTICS COMPLIANCE EVALUTION. MAJOR LANE’S MANY ACHIEVEMENTS AND UNPARALLELED LEADERSHIP WERE A DRIVING FACTOR IN HIS GROUP’S UNITED STATES AIR FORCE IN EUROPE GENERAL THOMAS P. GERRITY LOGISTICS AWARD NOMINATION AND CULMINATED WITH A HIGHLY HONORED PERSONAL RECOGNITION AS THE HEADQUARTERS AIR FORCE 2008 LIEUTENANT GENERAL LEO MARQUEZ FIELD GRADE MUNITIONS OFFICER OF THE YEAR.

The singularly distinctive accomplishments of MAJOR LANE reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force. Signed; MARK C. DILLON, BRIGADIER GENERAL, UNITED STATES AIR FORCE.

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