The medal is awarded to members of the U.S. Armed Forces who, while serving in any capacity with the Army have distinguished themselves by meritorious service or achievement while serving in a combat or non-combat area.
Mills is a mobility warrant officer assigned to the 364th Expeditionary Sustainment Command at Fort Lawton, Wash. The chief warrant officer has served in the military for 23 years.
He is the son of Lorita Mills of Elgar Place, Bronx, N.Y., and Patrick Nisbett of Riley Road, Northborough.
Mills graduated in 1986 from Charlestown Secondary School, and received an associate degree in 1994 from Queensboro Community College, Bayside. He also earned a bachelor's degree in 1999 from the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury.
Navy Petty Officer 2nd Class Jason K. Kim, a 2002 graduate of St. John's High School, Shrewsbury, and fellow sailors assigned to amphibious transport dock ship USS New Orleans (LPD 18) and embarked Marines of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participated in a community service project at the House of Family children's shelter in Sihanoukville, Cambodia.
The shelter is funded by the School of Public Health and Social Work of St. Elizabeth and serves as a refuge for HIV/AIDS-positive orphans or vulnerable children (OVC). Sailors and Marines helped make a stone walkway for the shelter. Afterwards they played games, danced and even provided basic medical treatment for the kids.
The New Orleans deployed in early November 2011 in support of the nation's Maritime Strategy and is currently conducting theater security cooperation missions in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR).
Kim joined the Navy in July 2006.