Oklahoma City, Oklahoma-based Duke Ligon currently serves as a board member of Blueknight Energy Partners L.P., Emerald Oil Inc., and numerous other corporations in the oil, gas, and natural resources fields. In addition, he is a decorated United States military veteran. Duke Ligon served on active duty in the Vietnam War and as an intelligence briefer for several of the war’s commanders. He is the recipient of a Bronze Star for his service.
The Bronze Star Medal, as it is officially known, is an award presented to United States military personnel who have distinguished themselves in any capacity involving ground combat operations against an enemy during their service in the Armed Forces.
Authorized in February of 1944 by Executive Order 9419, the Bronze Star was one of several military medals designed by the renowned jewelry firm of Bailey, Banks & Biddle - the Purple Heart is another. The sculpted design of the medal depicts a star with five points, with a smaller star placed in the center of the arrangement. Beneath the central star are additional points extending to the outer star’s edges. On the star are the words “Heroic or Meritorious Achievement.”
Famous Bronze Star recipients include actor Henry Fonda, whose service took place in the Navy during World War II; author Ernest Hemingway, who earned the honor in 1947 for his work as a war reporter; and big band leader Glenn Miller, a posthumous recipient after his transport plane was lost en route to Europe in 1944.
A Bronze Star veteran, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is an attorney focused on energy, mining, and environmental law. Formerly the head of the US working group for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Duke Ligon headed the US delegation that formed the International Energy Agency (IEA).
Founded in 1974, IEA is at the center of international discourse on energy, advocating for policies that will enhance energy reliability and affordability for its 29 member countries. To be a member of IEA, a country should show it has: enough accessible net crude oil reserves to sustain it for 90 days based on its previous year’s average oil imports, a restraint program in place to reduce oil consumption by 10 percent, legislation to ensure oil companies operating within its borders report necessary information, and legislation to operate the Coordinated Emergency Response Measures (CERM), which is the IEA’s rapid response system during oil disruptions.
Candidate countries should also be members of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). There are measures in place to determine whether candidate countries can meet all these requirements. The final decision on membership rests with the Governing Board.
Attorney and businessman Duke Ligon serves as president and CEO of the company he established more than 40 years ago, Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. The company is among the nation's largest privately held businesses focused on acquiring and managing perpetual mineral resources; it conducts business in Oklahoma and more than 20 other states. Mekusukey maintains offices in Wewoka and in Oklahoma City. Duke Ligon and his staff oversee operations covering approximately 80,000 net mineral acres.