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Lufkin man receives prestigious Army honor

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambing, a Lufkin, Texas native and the Command Chief of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), is presented the official medallion of the Order of the Military Medical Merit and certificate. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambing, a Lufkin, Texas native and the Command Chief of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC), is presented the official medallion of the Order of the Military Medical Merit and certificate.

Press release

FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas – The command chief of the Medical Education and Training Campus (METC) was bestowed the Army's esteemed Order of the Military Medical Merit April 20.

Air Force Chief Master Sgt. Kevin Lambing, of Lufkin, was inducted as an honorary member of the elite organization that accepts members for their distinguished service in the Army medical community. He was surprised with the honor during a farewell function for him and was clearly moved by the gesture.

 "I understand the importance of what this means and I am very humbled," Lambing told those gathered to celebrate his impending departure from METC."

He is slated to become the Chief of the Air Force Medical Enlisted Force in the Office of the Surgeon General.

"Receiving the Military Medical Merit award is one of the top highlights of my career," stated Lambing.  "In reality, it reflects the hard work of the men and women from all branches of service that accomplish the mission every day at METC.  To them, I say thank you.  To the U.S. Army Medical Department, I say thank you and I will reflect on the professionalism and pride of Army Medics each time I proudly wear it."

Lambing was presented the official medallion of the Order, which represents the traditions and values of the Army Medical Department, by Army Col. Larry Hanson, METC Dean for Academics.

"I have had the pleasure of working closely with this tremendously talented senior enlisted leader the last two years, in my capacity as METC Dean," said Hanson.  "Chief Lambing's accomplishments over the course of his career speak volumes for the quality, dedication, selfless service and loyalty of this tremendous senior; he is a highly respected senior noncommissioned officer."

According to the citation, Lambing consistently demonstrated exceptional professional and personal skills throughout a stellar twenty-seven year military career. He has steadfastly worked with Army medical personnel improving the technical expertise and quality of life of soldier medics.  He works daily with members of the entire Army Medical Center & School (AMEDD C&S) and 32d Medical Brigade staff.

As the first command chief master sergeant serving as the principle advisor to the METC commandant, he has become the key facilitator among the tri-service senior enlisted leaders to develop programs that creates parity among the services and ensures service cultures are maintained.  He has been a strong advocate to ensure equal treatment of all enlisted medical personnel.

The Order of the Military Medical Merit is a unique, private organization founded by the commanding general of U.S. Army Health Services Command in April 1982 to recognize excellence and promote fellowship and esprit de corps among AMEDD personnel.

Membership in the Order recognizes those individuals who have clearly demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, displayed outstanding degrees of professional competence, served in the Army Medical Department for a minimum of 10 years with selflessness, and have made a sustained contribution to the betterment of Army Medicine.

Members of other military services who have made distinguished contributions to the Army Medical Department can be recognized as honorary members.

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