Missouri Guardsman receives Army Commendation Medal in Middle East

Spc. Oscar R. Carter, of Festus, was awarded the Army Commendation Medal Wednesday in ceremonies at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan. Carter serves as a platoon truck master with the Missouri Army National Guard's 1138th Transportation Company. (Submitted photo)

Bill Phelan

BAGRAM AIRBASE, Afghanistan - A Festus, Mo. Army National Guardsman was awarded the Army Commendation Medal during ceremonies Wednesday at Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan.

Spc. Oscar R. Carter is assigned to the St. Louis-based 1138th Transportation Company, which is about to conclude a 10-month convoy operations mission throughout Afghanistan.

In the award certificate from Army Secretary John M. McHugh, Carter is cited for his exceptional meritorious service while assigned as a platoon truck master in support of Operation Enduring Freedom and his outstanding performance, dedication to duty and selfless service to the unit's success.

"The accomplishments of Spc. Carter reflect greatly upon himself, the 1138th Transportation Company, Task Force 142, the 10th Sustainment Brigade and the United States Army," the certificate read.

As part of Task Force 142, the 1138th conducted more than 90 convoy missions covering 29,000 miles, delivering critical supplies valued at $2.7 billion to Forward Operating Bases across austere and treacherous terrain. In addition, the unit escorted more than 4,900 Afghan national trucks carrying critical vehicles and equipment in support of units throughout eastern Afghanistan and helped dispose of unused ammunition.

Prior to the unit's deployment, Soldiers of the 1138th underwent two months of extensive convoy operations and combat training in Missouri, Kansas and Texas.

The 1138th Transportation Company is headquartered at historic Jefferson Barracks in south St. Louis County and is a subordinate unit of the 311th Brigade Support Battalion, based in Lexington.

The 1138th is scheduled to return to the U.S. this spring.

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