Cassville couple's daughter promoted to lieutenant colonel

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Virgil and Donna Harrington, of Cassville, recently attended a promotion ceremony held in honor of their daughter, Dawn C. Lancaster, at Scott Air Force Base in Illinois.

Lancaster was promoted from major to lieutenant colonel during the ceremony, which included the posting of colors, singing of the National Anthem, invocation and remarks by Col. Brad Spacy and Lancaster.

Lt. Col. Lancaster's military career began upon her graduation from the United States Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo., in 1993. She has served in top leadership roles at Osan, McClellan, Cannon, Langley, Davis-Monthan, Hill, Wright-Patterson and Scott Air Force bases in South Korea, California, New Mexico, Virginia, Arizona, Utah, Ohio and Illinois.

In addition to graduating from the Air Force Academy, Lancaster successfully completed Squadron Officer School in 1997 and Air Command and Staff College in 2006. She also earned her master of science degree in strategic leadership at the Air Force Institute of Technology.

During her career, Lancaster has earned the following awards and decorations: Bronze Star; Purple Heart; Meritorious Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Air Force Commendation medal with four oak leaf clusters; Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor and three oak leaf clusters; Air Force Material Command Service Field Grade Officer of the Year; Air Force Services Company Grade Officer of the Year; and Air Combat Command Services Company Grade Officer of the Year.

At Scott Air Force Base, Lancaster served as commander of the 375th Services Squadron, where she provided direction to over 550 personnel. She also served as the Installation Mortuary Affairs officer.

Lancaster is now stationed at the air force base in Ramstein, Germany, as the services squadron commander there. The Harringtons are planning to make the trip to Germany to visit their daughter next summer.

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