FORT RUCKER, Ala.--Col. Dana K. Renta, outgoing commander of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Research Laboratory, was presented with the Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael during the Fort Rucker Army Aviation Association of America Chapter Membership meeting held at Fort Rucker, Ala., June 27.

"The Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael recognizes individuals who have contributed significantly to the promotion of Army Aviation in ways that stand out in the eyes of the recipient's seniors, subordinates, and peers," said Col. Kevin Christensen, Fort Rucker AAAA chapter president. "[The individual] must also demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and moral character, display an outstanding degree of professional competence, and serve the United States Army Aviation community with distinction."

During 23 years of service in the medical field, Renta's responsibilities included running a battalion aid station and a holding ward for Soldiers, Seamen, and Airmen while deployed in Albania; providing and directing care for active-duty Soldiers at Martin Army Community Hospital at Fort Benning, Ga.; and providing acute and chronic medical care to and promoting community wellness for Soldiers and family members at Lyster Army Health Clinic at Fort Rucker, Ala.

"Col. Renta's outstanding leadership and professionalism positively impacted the health care of air and ground warriors," said Master Sgt. Bobby Edmond, USAARL's senior enlisted advisor. "Her unrelenting drive to improve the health care of service members undeniably allowed them to maintain the Army's decisive airpower, exact swift medical evacuation, and reach the highest level of survivability for our warfighter in our nation's history."

Under Renta's leadership, the USAARL team designed a tactile helicopter display to help Army pilots hover safely in degraded visual environments; contributed to the airworthiness release of the noise-immune stethoscope for use on the Black Hawk helicopter; defined return-to-duty standards for Army aviators; developed a novel dynamic marksmanship battery based on established clinical vestibular assessments; and detected subtle impairments of visual performance and physiology in patients with mild traumatic brain injuries.