Russell awarded Legion of Merit
July 19, 2012
Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan--Col. Michel M. Russell, Sr., 401st Army Field Support Brigade commander, was awarded the Legion of Merit, the Afghanistan and NATO campaign medals by Brig. Gen. Kristin K. French, Joint Sustainment Command-Afghanistan commanding general during an awards ceremony at brigade headquarters July 18. The awards ceremony preceded a change of command ceremony in which Russell relinquished command to Col. Orlando Dale Critzer.
Russell's next assignment is with Army G8 at the Pentagon.
The Legion of Merit is usually awarded to Army, Marine Corps, and Air Force general officers and colonels, and Navy and Coast Guard flag officers and captains occupying command or very senior staff positions in their respective services for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements.