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Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOC-EC) Richard Belanger (right) was awarded the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Civilian of Wartime Service Medal certificate for his service in Afgh... (Photo Credit: U.S. Army) VIEW ORIGINAL

Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOC-EC) Richard Belanger was awarded the Commander's Award for Civilian Service, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal and Wartime Service certificate for his service in Afghanistan during a ceremony Sept. 17.

Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) Commander Col. Jacob Peterson presented Belanger the awards at the command headquarters on Bagram Airfield.

Belanger was assigned to ASG-A on a year-long deployment through the DOD-EC Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations. Before redeploying to the United States in September 2018, he served as an electrician and O&M lead for the Directorate of Public Works at Bagram.

Peterson said Belanger's dedication helped ASG-A successfully accomplish its mission. ASG-A

provides everything from billeting, laundry and food service to public works and quality of life support to more than 35,000 personnel throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area-Afghanistan (CJOA-A). That personnel includes U.S. military, DOD Civilians, Contractors and Coalition Forces who are contributing to Resolute Support, the NATO-led, non-combat mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF).

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