Department of the Army Civilian Ron Kendall was awarded the Superior Civilian Service Medal, NATO Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Sept. 10 for exceptional service to Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) during a brief ceremony at ASG-A Headquarters on Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan.
Kendall was assigned to ASG-A on a one-year deployment through the Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilians Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations. Before redeploying to the United States in September 2018, Kendall served as the site manager of Forward Operating Base (FOB) Dwyer in Helmand Province.
ASG-A provides standardized services, facilities and infrastructure to the Joint Expeditionary Force at Dwyer and other FOBs throughout Combined Joint Operations Afghanistan. The ASG-A mission is in support Resolute Support, the NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, who assumed nationwide responsibility for Afghanistan's security following the conclusion of the previous NATO-led International Security Assistance Force mission. Its purpose is to help the Afghan security forces and institutions develop the capacity to defend Afghanistan and protect its citizens in a sustainable manner.
Kendall's service awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson.
Kendall said he enjoyed his assignment in support of the Resolute Support Mission and will think of the people and mission here long after he has redeployed.
The ASG mission kept us very busy but it made the year go by very quickly. The services and support we provide to the service members takes a lot of pressure off of them, because if ASG didn't provide that service, they would use troop power to provide that support," said Kendall.
That support ranges from housing and food service to laundry, infrastructure and facilities.
Kendall, a retired Army sergeant first class, redeployed in September 2018 to U.S. Army Alaska at Fort Richardson, where he will resume his position as a force protection officer.