Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Ann Crowley was awarded the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Commander's Award for Civilian Service and a Certificate of Wartime Service for her service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) from 2018 to 2019. The awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson during a ceremony at Bagram Airfield Jan. 11, 2019.
Crowley was assigned to the ASG-A on a yearlong deployment through the DOD-EC Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations abroad. She served as a civil engineer and environmental program manager in the command's Directorate of Public Works.
ASG-A leadership called Crowley a consummate team and said she showed "daily support to the Warfighters and their mission." She managed ASG-A's environmental program, overseeing environmental service contracted work including solid waste and wastewater management, water production, vector control, hazardous and medical waste management and recyclable waste removal.
In addition to her many other duties and accomplishments, she lived in austere conditions while serving as project manager for infrastructure projects at forward operating bases across Afghanistan.
She returns to her position as a civil engineer with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento District in Sacramento, California. Crowley described her time in Afghanistan as a "life-changing experience, challenging and absolutely rewarding."
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. military, DOD Civilian, Contractor and Coalition Forces contributing to Operation Freedom's Sentinel and the NATO-led Operation Resolute Support Train, Advise and Assist Mission.
ASG-A base life support services encompasses everything from law enforcement and public works to billeting, food service and quality of life.