Department of Defense Expeditionary Civilian (DOD-EC) Patricia S. Madaj was awarded the NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, a Certificate of Wartime Service and the Public Service Commendation Medal for her service to the Area Support Group-Afghanistan (ASG-A) from May 2018 to May 2019 during a ceremony at Kandahar Airfield (KAF) May 2, 2019. The awards were presented by ASG-A Commander Col. Jacob Peterson.

Madaj served as a Human Resource administrative assistant and assigned to ASG-A through the DOD-EC Program, which deploys personnel to support military operations abroad.

An Air Force veteran, Madaj comes a family of military veterans and was eager to serve again.

"I have always felt that supporting and giving back to our military members is what I want to do," she said. "Whether I was assisting with ID cards or administrative accomplishments for the military,it was great to meet Sldiers from all across the United States and talk with each and every one of them. Being away from family and friends is hard and to make a Soldier smile and laugh was rewarding in itself.

"Working for ASG Kandahar and seeing what each directorate does to support the functions on base was a great learning experience and one I will never forget," said Madaj. "I am very proud for what I have done here."

She returns to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah, as a program support administrator.

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 encompass everything from law enforcement and public works to billeting, food service and quality of life.