Sean M. Childers, the retail business manager for the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES), Afghanistan, was recognized for his service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) from 2017 to 2019 during a brief ceremony at the ASG-A Headquarters, Bagram Airfield . The certificate of appreciation was presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson Feb. 4, 2019.

Childers said his goal while working in Afghanistan was to make life better for deployed service members, and he noted the deployment was especially meaning for personal reasons. Childers' father was a Vietnam veteran who served with the 101st Airborne Division until he retired in 1979. "I supported the 101st in Afghanistan, and that was very important to me and my family."

In addition to managing AAFES retail, Childers worked with MWR to bring advance screenings of blockbuster movies for troops, host events and concerts and "bring needed supplies to austere forward operating bases. Highlights of his time in theater include helping the ASG-A open a mobile field Exchange at Forward Operating Base Shorab and expanding the stock assortment at Bagram and Kandahar airfields.

"Deploying with the troops is a core of the AAFES mission," he said. "It was an honor to serve those who are serving in Afghanistan, alongside the ASG Task Force Enablers.

Childers returns to Baumholder, Germany, as the Exchange store manager.

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.