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Release No: 138-95
March 20, 1995


Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Advanced Technology Larry (Vern L.) Lynn was awarded the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service at a Pentagon ceremony on March 17, 1995. The medal, which is DoD's highest award for a non-career civilian, was presented by Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology Paul Kaminski.

The citation accompanying the award pointed to Lynn's exceptionally distinguished service from July 1993 through February 1995. It stated that his professionalism, dedication and exceptional knowledge of major Defense acquisition programs and policies contributed significantly to the mission of the DoD.

Lynn's award citiation stated, "Among his most far-reaching achievements was establishment of Advanced Concept Technology Demonstrations as a major Department initiative. Working in close coordination with the Military Services, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Defense Agencies, he established a process to accelerate transition of advanced technologies from the laboratory into the operational military environment."

Prior to his present position, from 1985-1993 Lynn was vice president and chief operating officer of the Atlantic Aerospace Electronics Corp., a company he co-founded. During this period, he was a member of the Defense Science Board and the Army Science Board. From 1981-1985 Lynn was Deputy Director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA).

In addition to his current duties, Lynn was designated on March 14, 1995 to be the Acting Director of ARPA until the appointment of a new director.

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