The Distinguished Service Medal was presented to Maj. Gen. Richard O. Christiansen during change-of-command ceremonies last week for the 96th Army Reserve Command at Fort Douglas.

The Distinguished Service Medal is the Army's highest decoration awarded during peacetime and was presented to Christiansen by Lt. Gen. James E. Moore Jr., commander of the Sixth Army. Christiansen was an active-duty infantry officer in Korea. On his retirement Sunday, Christiansen was commended for his contribution to reserve force readiness in the areas of mobilization, command organization and support training and sustainment.Christiansen is being succeeded by Brig. Gen. Donald M. Bagley, who has been deputy commanding general of the 96th ARCOM.

The 96th ARCOM encompasses Utah, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado and North and South Dakota and includes more than 10,000 reserve soldiers.

Christiansen, of Centerville, is director of scheduling at the University of Utah in his civilian career.

Bagley, of Fruit Heights, began his military career in the Navy in 1955 and also served in the Navy Reserve and the Utah Army National Guard before receiving his commission in 1963. He is a manufacturer's representative for Minnesota Mining and Manufacturing Co.