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Heyl Royster Partner Lt. Col. Mike Schag Receives Fifth Meritorious Service Medal


Heyl Royster partner Mike Schag (Edwardsville office) is an Air Force Reserve JAG lawyer. He recently received a decoration constituting his fifth Meritorious Service Medal (MSM). The MSM is considered the non-combat equivalent to the Bronze Star. The accompanying citation stated, “Lieutenant Colonel Michael D. Schag distinguished himself in the performance of outstanding service to the United States . . . As Chief of the Air Force TRIALS team, Colonel Schag helped train a generation of Judge Advocates in becoming superior trial and defense counsel . . . His innovative presentations garnered attention at every level, including the Armed Forces Network . . . His analysis of the Commander Directed Investigation of alleged KC-10 maintenance discrepancies in the Middle East was a model of insight and clarity on an issue that gained wide media and Congressional attention . . . The singularly distinctive accomplishments of Colonel Schag reflect great credit upon himself and the United States Air Force.”

Mike is now serving in an operational assignment supporting the legal advisory function at the 618th Tanker Airlift Control Center (TACC) at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. The 618 TACC’s role is to centralize command and control operations that were once located within several Numbered Air Forces. The TACC employs a wide range of military aircraft to achieve Air Mobility Command's Global Reach mission. These include the C-5 Galaxy, KC-10 Extender, C-17 Globemaster, C-130 Hercules and KC-135 Stratotanker. The TACC also works with commercial contractors to fulfill airlift requirements.