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Modified: July 22, 2008 at 12:58 am •  Published: July 22, 2008
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Candidate fixes error
A legislative candidate from Norman says listing the wrong medal he received while serving in the Oklahoma Air National Guard was a mistake and he has corrected it.

Aaron Stiles, one of four Republican candidates vying for the House District 45 seat in next week's primary election, listed on his campaign Web site as earning a Meritorious Service Medal while in the Guard from 1997 to 2005.

Matthew Dukes, who was the top enlisted person in Stiles' squadron and was the manager of security forces, noticed the error and contacted The Oklahoman.

Stiles checked his military records and said he found he actually received the Air Force Achievement Medal for meritorious service

Stiles said he was recognized for his work in helping with the aftermath of the May 3, 1999, tornadoes.

Both medals are for noncombat service.

The Meritorious Service Medal is given to members of the Armed Forces for outstanding meritorious achievement or service to the United Sates, according to the Web site, GruntsMilitary.com.

The Air Force Achievement Medal is given to those below the rank of colonel who distinguish themselves by outstanding achievement or meritorious service, but not to the extent that would warrant the awarding of a commendation medal.

Michael McNutt, Capitol Bureau


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