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Col. Randel Gordon, Arnold Engineering Development Complex commander, presents Col. R. Chris Lance, then-outgoing chief of the Test Support Division, AEDC, with the Legion of Merit during the Change of Leadership Ceremony for the division at Arnold Air Force Base, Tenn., June 2, 2023. According to the Air Force Personnel Center website, “It is conferred on officers and enlisted men of the armed forces of the United States and on nationals of other countries who have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services since Sept. 8, 1939, the date of the president's proclamation of the state of emergency that led to World War II.” (U.S. Air Force photo by Jill Pickett)
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