On August 24, 2012 a ceremony for the new graduation class of physical therapists was held at Ft. Sam Houston’s Academy of Health Sciences. At the conclusion of that ceremony, another ceremony was held for a former graduate of that same program. A graduate that had the opportunity to serve her country for 27 years in the United States Army, serve as a physical therapist on the presidential medical team for President George H W Bush, serve as an instructor of physical therapy for the Academy of Health Sciences from which she graduated, and eventually serve as Chief of Physical Therapy for the United States Army Reserve component., Colonel Rebecca (Becky) Lange. On September 1, Becky became a civilian once again. After the graduation Becky received a couple of awards, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the other, the Legion of Merit.
The Legion of Merit was awarded for “Exceptionally meritorious service while serving in various positions of great responsibility during the period Aug 1, 2002 - Aug. 1, 2012 culminating as the Chief, United States Army Reserve Physical Therapy and the Surgeon General’s reorganization officer, Headquarters United States Army Medical Command, Fort Sam Houston, Texas. Colonel Lange’s innovation and energy drove positive changes for the Army Medical Specialist Corps and the Army Medical Department. Her Distinguished leadership and Superior outcomes ensured the relevance and readiness of the Military Health System. Colonel Lange’s exemplary performance of duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of military service reflecting great credit upon herself, the Army Medical Command, the Army Medical Department, and the United States Army.” By order of the Secretary of the Army, and signed by Patricia D Horoho, Lieutenant General, The Surgeon General and Commanding General, USAMEDCOM.