McLachlan received his award from Lt. Gen. Joseph Anderson, deputy chief of staff, Army.
McLachlan chose to remain in the Army after suffering a jump injury that ended his career as an airborne infantryman. He became a satellite communication systems operator-maintainer. As an NCO, he has gone above and beyond the call of duty to mentor soldiers and make them feel part of the Army family.
In addition to preparing soldiers for promotion boards and other competitive opportunities, McLachlan serves as a command sexual harassment/assault response coordinator and victim advocate. He also answers phones for a veteran suicide prevention hotline.