Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Robert E. Lee was awarded the NATO Medal, Outstanding Civilian Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Medal for his service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) from 2018 to 2019. The awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson at Bagram Airfield Feb. 11, 2019.

Lee accepted the yearlong deployment through the DOD-EC Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations abroad. He served as the garrison site manager at Hamid Karzai International Airport (HKIA) from February to July 2018, and as the forward operating base mayor at FOB Dwyer from July 2018 to February 2019.

ASG-A leadership nicknamed him the Bulldog for his tenacity and ability to get difficult tasks accomplished. Among his many accomplishments, Lee developed, worked, and secured funding to improve FOB Dwyer through the base incineration, wastewater treatment plant, and the Dining Facilities Administration Center expansion projects.

He validated Fiscal Year (FY) 17 and FY18 obligations and expenditure records and ensured proper billing against seven different funding documentations, and established the first ever FY18 spend plan for the United States National Support Element at HKIA.

A retired Marine Corps Chief Warrant Officer 4, Lee returns to his position as a senior acquisition analyst with the Missile Defense Agency in Dahlgren, Virginia. He said this deployment fulfilled a strong desire to support the troops.

"Providing customer support to the warfighters is what we, Area Support Group-Afghanistan, should strive for," he said. "I did my time as a Marine and I wanted to serve the men and women of today's military so they can continue the mission."

As the FOB mayor at Dwyer, Lee provided base life support to more than 1,450 personnel.
"By managing the base life support for the FOB, the Soldiers and the Marines were able to concentrate on their mission which is to provide ground defense, security of the FOB and train, advise, and assist the Afghanistan National Army," said Lee.

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.