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KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The 435th Services Squadron at Ramstein Air Base has been awarded the General Curtis E. LeMay Award as the best services squadron in the Air Force.

The LeMay award was created in 1965 to encourage and recognize excellence in Air Force services programs, according to a news release. It is presented annually to the best large services squadron.

“This is a tremendous win for our squadron, and a credit to the hard work of each member of the unit,” said Col. Melissa Kallett, 435th Services commander. “Each day, we strive to provide the best quality of life to the Kaiserslautern Military Community, and this Air Force award recognizes our success in doing that.”

98th ASG gets new commander

WüRZBURG, Germany — Col. Russel Santala assumed command Wednesday of the Würzburg-based 98th Area Support Group from Col. Dennis Dingle.

Santala has served in the Army since he was commissioned in 1980, including a tour from 1999-2001 as commander of the 414th Base Support Battalion in Hanau followed by a stint as deputy director of the Europe Region of the Installation Management Agency. Most recently, he has been at the Army War College, where he earned a master’s degree in strategic studies.

Dingle, who has commanded the 98th ASG since July 2001, is moving to the Army’s G1 (personnel) section at the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., where he will serve as chief of the Wellness Branch.

The 98th ASG administers Army bases in northern Bavaria that are home to more than 45,000 soldiers, family members and civilians. Besides Würzburg, it includes bases in Ansbach, Bamberg, Giebelstadt, Katterbach, Kitzingen, Illesheim and Schweinfurt.

Other changes of command:

¶ Lt. Col. Robert A. Smith took command of the Mannheim Health Clinic.

Smith replaced Col. Bruce Fried during a ceremony Friday. Smith served most recently as deputy hospital commander for outlying clinics at the Heidelberg Medical Department Activity.

Fried is leaving to assume a post as a command surgeon in Kuwait.

¶ In Bamberg, Lt. Col. Shawn McGinley took command of the 54th Engineer Battalion on July 14, replacing Lt. Col. Donald Jackson Jr.

McGinley’s previous assignment was as V Corps’ chief of plans in Baghdad. Jackson has moved to the chief of engineers staff office at the Pentagon.

¶ Also in Bamberg, the 793rd Military Police Battalion welcomed Lt. Col. Dan McElroy as its new commander July 9.

He had been serving in the programs division of the Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. He takes over for Lt. Col. Mark Spindler, who will move to Washington as the colonel assignment officer for the Army’s Human Resources Command.

Legal education program

The U.S. Army Office of the Judge Advocate General is accepting applications for the Army’s Funded Legal Education Program.

Fifteen officers will be selected to attend law school at the government’s expense, pending funding, in the fall of 2005.

The program is open to second lieutenants through captains who have at least two years, but not more than six years, of total active federal service at the time they begin their legal training.

To verify eligibility, applicants should review Chapter 14 of Army Regulation 27-1 and register for the earliest available date to take the Law School Admission Test.

Applications will be accepted Aug. 1 to Nov. 1 and must be submitted through command channels, to include the officer’s branch manager, with a copy furnished to the Office of the Judge Advocate General, ATTN: DAJA-PT (FLEP), 1777 North Kent St., Rosslyn, V A 22209-2194.

For more information, contact the local staff judge advocate.

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