JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - In November 2008, the 23rd Ordnance Company from Grafenwoehr, Germany, commanded by Capt. George Nix, arrived in theater and took over operations at the ammunition corps storage area here from the 8th Ordnance Company. The unit has received praise since assuming mission as evidenced by the distribution of brigade coins by the 304th Sustainment Brigade Commander, Lt. Col. Norman B. Green.

On Feb. 20, Green made a special trip out to the CSA to commend the men and women of the 23rd Ord. Co. for a "job well done." Nineteen coins were earned, which is a remarkable reward in itself because Green does not give out his coins easily.

Green stated that he has never seen platoon sergeants so engaged. He described the 23rd Ord. Co. as "detail oriented" and told them to "keep rocking!"

"We had to put the right people in the right positions to make things happen," Lindley said. "We don't have the luxury in the rear to do our jobs, it is done by the civilians," he said.

Crittendon said that the 23rd Ord. Co. had to have a memo of understanding in order to rotate Soldiers in to work with the German nationals. Given the unit's accomplishments since arrival in theater, they have not missed a beat in their training.

The 23rd Ord. Co. provides class V (ammunition) to Coalition and joint forces in the Iraqi theater as a Corps storage area and operates a basic load ammunition holding area for logistical support throughout theater and Afghanistan.

The 23rd Ord. Co. organized Oct. 10, 1918 in at Fort Bliss, Texas, as Group A, Repair Unit No. 315, Motor Transport. Between 1918 and 1985 the unit retained a number of different names, organizations and mission before being activated as the 23rd Ord. Co. on July 16, 1985 at Miesau, Germany. In 2007 the unit and its Soldiers and colors made the move to their current home of Grafenwoehr, Germany where they fall under the 16th Sust. Bde.

Those Soldiers recognized included the following:
Sgt. Mitchell Negron-Johnson of Bay St. Louis, Miss.; Pfc. Casey Nix of Mesa, Ariz.; Sgt. Michael Hasbun of Miami, Fla.; Sgt. Robert Spencer of Chicago, Ill.; Chief Warrant Officer 2 Alter Crittenden, of Ozark, Ala.; Pfc. Miclah Smith of East Orange, N.J.; Pvt. Jesse Payton of Poconos, Pa.; Pfc. Andrew White of Franklin, Ind.; Spc. Jay Tarr of Harrisonville, Mo.; Spc. Timothy Roemer of Chicago, Ill.; 1st Sgt. Danny Lindley of Wynne, Ark.; Staff Sgt. Judith Hasbun of Miami, Fla.; 1st Lt. Terrence Flanagan of Glastonbury, Conn.; Spc. Jereme Thomas of Cedar Rapids, Ill.; Sgt. 1st Class Kenneth Person of Waycross, Ga.; Sergeant 1st Class Armando Bryant of South Central, La.; Sgt. 1st Class Gynell Britton of Chicago, Ill.; Sgt. 1st Class Miguel Quinones of Puerto Rico; Capt. George Nix of Milton, Ill.


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