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Legion of Merit and over 40 years of service 
U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class James C. Lally/Released 
From left, Brig. Gen. Gary Keefe, commander, Air National Guard, Massachusetts National Guard, poses for a picture with Retired Army Col. Christopher C. Henes after Henes was awarded the Legion of Merit during a ceremony at the Massachusetts National Guard Headquarters on Hanscom Air Force Base April 12, 2013. Henes joined the military in June 1970 and served with the 114th Medical Battalion (part of 26th Yankee Division) until June 1979 when he came to the State Headquarters in the Judge Advocate General section as an enlisted Soldier. A highlight of his enlisted service was driving an ambulance for three weeks in the City of Boston during the Blizzard of 1978. Commissioned as a 1st lieutenant in September 1981 and served as a Judge Advocate in various capacities culminating as the Army Staff Judge Advocate October 2004 - July 2008. He retired from military service on January 1st 2011. Henes served on active duty during Desert Shield/Storm and was involved in every Massachusetts National Guard deployment over the last 22 years with an emphasis on providing assistance to service members and their families. Henes continues to work with the Massachusetts National Guard in the Massachusetts Military Division. His previous awards include: Meritorious Service Medal with one oak leaf cluster, The Army Commendation Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Global War on Terror Service Medal.