Lawson, 30, of Stockbridge, and Spc. Caryn E. Nouv, 29, of Newport News, Va., died July 27 in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked their vehicle with an improvised explosive device and small arms fire.
They were assigned to the 359th Transportation Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
The public is invited and encouraged to attend the special service honoring Lawson’s life and show support for the family.
Lawson was born in Birmingham, Ala., and raised in Stockbridge.
He enlisted in the U.S. Army on July 27, 2001 and is a 2001 graduate of Griffin High School.
He attended basic combat training at Fort Jackson, S.C., and advanced individual training at Fort Eustis, Va., where he received his military occupational specialty training to become a transportation cargo specialist.
Lawson’s previous assignments included 21st Cargo Transfer Company, Fort Lewis, Wash.; 1st Inland Cargo Transportation Company, Kaiserslautern, Germany; 611th Seaport Operations Company, 149th Seaport Operations Company and the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company, 10th Transportation Battalion, 7th Sustainment Brigade at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.
Lawson served four combat tours: Operation Enduring Freedom 2002 to 2003; Operation Enduring Freedom 2006 to 2007; Operation Iraqi Freedom 2009 to 2010, and most recently Operation Enduring Freedom 2012 to 2013 where he served as a mission commander for the Night-Riders’ Convoy Escort Team and assistant truck master with the 359th Inland Cargo Transfer Company Operations Team.
During his tenure in the Army, Lawson was awarded the following decorations: The Bronze Star Medal, The Purple Heart, the Combat Action Badge, Army Commendation Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Good Conduct Medal with two knots, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon with numeral five, Army Service Ribbon, Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbon, the NATO International Security Assistance Force Medal and the Drivers/Mechanics Badge, Drivers/Wheeled Vehicle Badge.