David Chacon, who works in Sandia’s information technology audits group, has been awarded the Department of Defense Legion of Merit for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements during his tenure in the U.S. Army.
The Legion of Merit is issued to members of the seven U.S. uniformed services as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments. The award ranks just below the Silver Star and above the Distinguished Flying Cross in the list of medals. It is one of only two decorations to be issued as neck wear. The other is the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Col. Chacon retired from the New Mexico Army National Guard in May 2018 after serving more than 33 years in the Air and Army National Guard as an enlisted soldier and officer. His final duty position was brigade commander.