03 Aug '13, 8pm

.@7thID Soldier receives the Legion of Merit following his 30 years of military service #Soldier4Life #J…

.@7thID Soldier receives the Legion of Merit following his 30 years of military service #Soldier4Life #J…

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Lt. Col. Johnny Vandiver, the 7th Infantry Division's senior physician assistant and chief of clinical operations, was awarded the Legion of Merit, July 26, in honor of his many accomplishments in his 30 years of service. Vandiver, of Athens, Texas, began his army career in 1983, serving as an enlisted combat medic. While a staff sergeant, Vandiver was accepted to the Interservice Physician Assistant Program, and received commission as a second lieutenant in the Medical Specialist Corps in 1991. He served two tours in Iraq, supporting Operation Iraqi Freedom from 2003 to 2004 and again from 2008 to 2009. During his deployment in 2003, he established the casualty tracking and liaison systems that were used in Multinational Division-Baghdad for the remainder of the United States' presence in Iraq. Vandiver served in support of Operation Endu...

Full article: http://www.army.mil/article/108389/

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