By Kristin Rover
Clermont County Commissioners and several other presenters recognized Specialist Joseph Mattingly of the United States Army Sept. 11.
Mattingly recently returned home from his first deployment to Afghanistan, where he said he worked with Afghanistan soldiers.
“What I did was help the Afghans try to build their army so they can defend themselves,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he also went on various missions while he was in the country.
He said it was nice to receive support from home while he was always.
“It’s always amazing to get letters and stuff from back home to remind you of home,” Mattingly said.
The New Richmond High School graduate said he joined the Army after high school because it was something he wanted to do.
Mattingly was recognized by several individuals during the commissioners session.
He received a certificate of achievement from commissioners Ed Humphrey, Bob Proud, and David Uible, a letter from Ohio Governor John Kasich, a letter from Congressman Brad Wenstrup, a gift certificate from Chris Cravens with Tier 2, and information from Disabled American Veterans’ National Commander Joe Johnston.
“Welcome back,” Johnston said during the ceremony. “I am proud to know you, and it is a privilege to do this today.”
Mattingly introduced his parents, Rick and Joyce Mattingly, and his girlfriend, Kelly Luck, during the session.
He said that when it comes to serving, he is just doing his job like any other job, but he said it is unique to be recognized for his service.
“I don’t really hear too much about anyone else doing this,” Mattingly said.
Mattingly said he will continue serving in the United States Army. He will be returning to Fort Campbell in Kentucky Sept. 17.