Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Jeffery Friese was awarded the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Superior Civilian Service Medal and a Civilian Wartime Service certificate for his service to the Area Support Group Afghanistan (ASG-A) at the command's headquarters on Bagram Airfield Oct. 9. The awards were presented by (left) ASG Commander Col. Jacob Peterson.

Friese 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 October 2018, he served as the ASG-A director of public works and a liaison officer between the command and U.S. Forces Afghanistan Joint Engineering at Bagram.

He returns to his position as a project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, New York.

Friese called it an "honor and privilege" to serve the ASG. Peterson recognized Friese for his hard work implementing base life support services for more than 35,000 personnel throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area Afghanistan.

Those personnel include U.S. military, DOD Civilians, Contractor and Coalition Forces contributing to the NATO-led Resolute Support Train, Advise and Assist Mission. ASG-A base life support services encompass everything from law enforcement and public works to billeting, food service and quality of life.