Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA) Civilian Thomas Luft (right) was awarded the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Certificate of Wartime Service and Outstanding Civilian Service Award for his service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) from May 2018 to January 2019 during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield Jan. 11, 2019, . The awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson.

Luft was assigned to ASG-A through DCMA's Contingency Response Force, a DOD force provider that deploys personnel in support of military operations. Luft had the distinction of being the first contract analyst assigned to the ASG-A and had the responsibility of creating a contracting officer representative oversight program from the ground up.

He returns to his position as a contractor administrator with the DCMAE APO-Kelly in San Antonio, Texas. A retired Army major, Luft described his time in Afghanistan as "rewarding from a professional, patriotic and personal standpoint."

The ASG-A provides base life support services for more than 35,000 personnel throughout the Combined Joint Operations Area Afghanistan.

Those personnel include U.S. Warfighters and Coalition Forces, and the supporting DOD Civilians and Contractors contributing to Operation Freedom's Sentinel and the NATO-led Operation 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.