Lieutenant Colonel Malia R. Pearson, who distinguished herself with the Afghanistan District with meritorious service as the Kandahar Project Delivery Platform Officer in Charge, was presented with the Joint Service Commendation Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and NATO medal prior to her redeployment to the States.

While deployed from Feb. 6, 2018 through Jan. 29, 2019, in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel, Pearson supported the District by ensuring accurate execution and reporting of more than 60 active construction and engineering projects in support of three major program, including the Afghanistan Infrastructure Fund, Commander's Emergency Response Program, and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan.

The value of the program she supported was in excess of $550M which focused on assisting the growth of the host nation infrastructure.

These distinctive accomplishments of Lt. Col. Pearson reflected great credit upon herself, United States Forces- Afghanistan, The United States Army, and the Department of Defense.

Pearson, an Army Reservist will take this experience and continue on an upward career path.