Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award
Leo J. "Lee" Baxter
Major General Leo J. (Lee) Baxter was born 19 April 1946 in Tracy, Minnesota. In his 31 years of service in the U.S. Army, he was stationed frequently at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. His last assignment there was Commanding General of the U.S. Army Field Artillery Center and School.
Baxter's awards include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster, and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster.
Upon retirement in 1999, MG Baxter made Lawton, Oklahoma, his home. His tireless work on behalf of soldiers and their families and the Lawton-Fort Sill community has earned him the Major General Douglas O. Dollar Distinguished Public Service Award for 2015. Dollar, a retired Major General, served in Vietnam and is founder of the Oklahoma Military Heritage Foundation.
MG Baxter's public service to the military community in Lawton includes service as the Campaign Chairman for the Armed Services YMCA, and he serves on the National Board of Directors for that organization as well as Operation Homefront. He is founder of Signal Mountain Associates, an Oklahoma-based company which provides consulting services to defense and training management companies nationwide. Governor Frank Keating appointed MG Baxter to the Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma State Board of Career and Technology Education, and Governor Mary Fallin has appointed him to the State Board of Education and the Oklahoma Council for Educational Opportunity for Military Children. He has served as the Chairman of the Board of the Lawton Chamber of Commerce and the Lawton Industrial Foundation and on the Board of the Lawton Community Theater, Black Beaver Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and many others.