BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--As awards ceremonies go, the presentation of a Superior Civilian Service Medal to Sandra E. Kristiansen by Chief Warrant Officer 5 Michael H. Peavley during a ceremony Feb. 15 seemed to be routine -- until he revealed Kristiansen's next move.

Peavley, 401st Army Field Support Brigade Theater Provided Equipment responsible officer, said that Kristiansen will retire and bring a 43-year career of civil service to a close. Kristiansen said she began her career as a commissary worker at Fort Devens, Massachusetts and never thought her career would take her as far as it did.

When asked to recall a favorite moment, Kristiansen said "every moment is a favorite." In addition to her present assignment with 401st Army Field Support Brigade as a logistics management specialist, she has been stationed in Germany, Okinawa, Kuwait and Iraq. She said she gathers snacks and coffee supplies wherever she is stationed so she can give Soldiers 'a touch of home' when they come to her office to transact business.

Kristiansen, a Washington, D.C. native, who will retire to Laurel, Maryland, said she is looking forward to just being home and enjoying time with family and friends. But, she did have some advice to those in federal service no matter where they are in their career.

"Work hard, complete the mission and give 200 percent," she said.