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Legion of Merit

The Legion of Merit is a military award of the United States Armed Forces, given for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. The decoration is issued to members of the eight uniformed services of the United States as well as to military and political figures of foreign governments; the Legion of Merit is one of only two United States military decorations to be issued as a neck order and the only United States military decoration that may be issued in award degrees, although the degrees including a neck ribbon are only awarded to non-U. S. Nationals; the Legion of Merit is seventh in the order of precedence of all U. S. military awards and is worn after the Defense Superior Service Medal and before the Distinguished Flying Cross. In contemporary use in the U. S. Armed Forces, the Legion of Merit is awarded to Army, Marine Corps, Air Force general officers and colonels, Navy and Coast Guard flag officers and captains occupying senior command or senior staff positions in their respective services.

It may be awarded to officers of lesser rank, senior warrant officers, to senior enlisted personnel, but these instances are less frequent by exception, the circumstances vary by branch of service. Authority to award the Legion of Merit is reserved for general officers and flag officers in pay grade O-9 and above, civilian Department of Defense personnel at assistant service secretary or Assistant Secretary of Defense level and above, or equivalent secretary-level civilian personnel with the Department of Homeland Security with direct oversight of the U. S. Coast Guard; the degrees of Chief Commander, Commander and Legionnaire are awarded only to members of armed forces of foreign nations under the criteria outlined in Army Regulation 672-7 and is based on the relative rank or position of the recipient as follows: Chief Commander: Head of state or government. However, this degree was awarded by President Roosevelt to some Allied World War II theater commanders for joint amphibious landings or invasions.

Commander: Equivalent of a U. S. military chief of staff or higher position, but not to a head of state. Officer: General or flag officer below the equivalent of a U. S. military chief of staff. S. military service. Legionnaire: All recipients not included above; when the Legion of Merit is awarded to members of the Uniformed Services of the United States, it is awarded without reference to degree. The criteria are "for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements" and is reserved for senior officers at O-6 level and above in connection with senior leadership/command positions or other senior positions of significant responsibility; the performance must have been such as to merit recognition of key individuals for service rendered in a exceptional manner. Performance of duties normal to the grade, specialty, or assignment, experience of an individual is not an adequate basis for this award. For service not related to actual war, the term "key individual" applies to a narrower range of positions than in time of war and requires evidence of significant achievement.

In peacetime, service should be in the nature of a special requirement or of an difficult duty performed in an unprecedented and exceptional manner. However, justification of the award may accrue by virtue of exceptionally meritorious service in a succession of important positions; the degrees and the design of the decoration were influenced by the French Legion of Honour. Although recommendations for creation of a Meritorious Service Medal were initiated as early as September 1937, no formal action was taken toward approval. In a letter to the Quartermaster General dated December 24, 1941, the Adjutant General formally requested action be initiated to create a Meritorious Service Medal and provide designs in the event the decoration was established. Proposed designs prepared by Bailey and Biddle, the Office of the Quartermaster General were provided to Assistant Chief of Staff for Personnel by the QMG on January 5, 1942; the Assistant Chief of Staff, in a response to the QMG on April 3, 1942, indicated the Secretary of War approved the design recommended by the QMG.

The design of the Legion of Merit would be ready for issue after legislation authorizing it was enacted into law. An act of Congress on July 20, 1942, established the Legion of Merit and provided that the medal "shall have suitable appurtenances and devices and not more than four degrees, which the President, under such rules and regulations as he shall prescribe, may award to personnel of the Armed Forces of the United States and of the Government of the Commonwealth Philippines and personnel of the armed forces of friendly foreign nations who, since the proclamation of an emergency by the President on 1939-09-08, shall have distinguished themselves by exceptionally meritorious conduct in the perform

List of international cricket centuries at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium

The Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium is a cricket stadium at Abu Dhabi, U. A. E; the first Test match hosted in this ground was in 2010, held between Pakistan & South Africa. * denotes that the batsman was not out. Inns. Denotes the number of the innings in the match. Balls denotes the number of balls faced in an innings. Numbers in parentheses next to the player's name denotes his century number at the stadium; the column title Date refers to the date. The column title Result refers to whether the player's team won/lost or the match was drawn or ended in no result The following table summarises the Test centuries scored at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium; the following table summarises the One Day International centuries scored at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. The following table summarises the Twenty20 International centuries scored at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium. List of international cricket centuries at Sharjah Cricket Stadium List of international cricket centuries at Dubai International Cricket Stadium Cricinfo Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium profile

Richard Bruning

Richard Bruning is an American graphic designer and comics creator. In 1979, Richard Bruning opened a design firm in Madison, called Abraxas Studios. In the early 1980s, on staff at Capital Comics, he was editor-in-chief and art director for such publications as Nexus and Whisper until the company ceased operation in 1984. After a year of freelancing in San Francisco, he moved to New York City in 1985 to become DC Comics’ design director. For the next five years he supervised and/or contributed to the design of titles including Watchmen and Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, as well as editing the DC-produced official sequel to the ITC TV series The Prisoner, Shattered Visage, he designed logo design for DC's Vertigo mature-readers imprint. He oversaw the development and packaging of graphic novels and DC's first collected editions. In 1990, he left DC to form Brainstorm Unlimited, Inc. a freelance graphic design and corporate communications firm in New York. The company’s client list included HBO, Fine Line Features, Children’s Television Workshop and others.

He wrote the Flash Gordon Sunday newspaper strip for King Features. He returned to DC full-time in 1996 as vice president-creative director, he was promoted to senior vice-president in 2002. He helped create DC's new company logo, known colloquially as the DC Spin, in 2005. In 2010, Bruning left DC to return to freelancing with a primary focus on cartooning, he is producing a twice-weekly comic strip called "Bob! the Presidential Atheist" which deals with politics and social issues at bob4prez.com. Bruning is married to former-DC Comics senior vice president-Vertigo executive editor Karen Berger. In 1990, Bruning wrote the miniseries Adam Strange: The Man of Two Worlds, which revived the titular DC science-fiction character; the three volumes were illustrated by brothers Andy Kubert and Adam Kubert and collected into book form in 2003. The first issue of the 1999 Vertigo horror anthology Flinch features his story "Rocketman" with art by Jim Lee, collected in book form in 2015, he wrote the Eisner-nominated Best Short Story "Electric China Death" for Gangland #4, with pencilling and coloring by Mark Chiarello, collected in book form in 2000.

"A Sense of Obligation" in Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual 3, DC Comics, 1987 Adam Strange: The Man of Two Worlds #1-3 "Reflections Of A Deep Fantasy" "Electric China Death" in Gangland #4, September 1998 "Rocket-Man" Richard Bruning at the Grand Comics Database Richard Bruning at the Comic Book DB Richard Bruning on Twitter