Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Ben Gibson was awarded the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, a Certificate of Wartime Service and a Certificate of Appreciation for his service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A). The awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson at Bagram Airfield (BAF) Feb. 09, 2019.

Gibson deployed through the DOD-EC Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations abroad. He served as the deputy MWR director at BAF.

ASG-A leadership praised him for his support to the MWR program, acknowledging his role in obtaining accountability for MWR equipment.

Gibson returned to his position working in supply chain management wing quality insurance at Tinker Air Force base in February.

"Even though my stay in Afghanistan was short, it has been one of the most rewarding and humbling experiences I have had in my 36 years of federal service," said Gibson. "It was nothing short of amazing to directly witness the sacrifices made by military personnel and the Civilian contingency in support of Operation Resolute Support."

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.