• Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Maj. Earnest Hearn, the 2025th Transportation Company commander from Moody, Ala., after receiving her Combat Action Badge during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega...

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Maj. Earnest Hearn, the 2025th Transportation Company commander from Moody, Ala., after receiving her Combat Action Badge during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq...

  • Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., after receiving her Combat Action Badge during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega...

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., after receiving her Combat Action Badge during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base...

  • Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., receives her Combat Action Badge from Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)Iraq.

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega...

    Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala., receives her Combat Action Badge from Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher...

  • Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., pins the Combat Action Badge on Spc. Jamie Parker, a driver from Banks, Ala., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat...

    Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., pins the Combat Action Badge on Spc. Jamie Parker, a driver from Banks, Ala., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq...

  • Spc. Richard Gardner, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., during a Combat Action Badge ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Spc. Richard Gardner, a driver from Talledega...

    Spc. Richard Gardner, a driver from Talledega, Ala., salutes Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion commander from Elkton, Md., during a Combat Action Badge ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq...

  • Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th CSSB commander from Elkton, Md., pins the Combat Action Badge on Staff Sgt. Michael Roberson, a squad leader from Talledega, Ala., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th CSSB...

    Lt. Col. Steven Debusk, the 264th CSSB commander from Elkton, Md., pins the Combat Action Badge on Staff Sgt. Michael Roberson, a squad leader from Talledega, Ala., during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. (U.S. Army photo...

  • Soldiers from the 2025th Transportation Company line up in preparation to receive their Combat Action Badges during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. Lt. Col. Debusk, the 264th CSSB Commander speaks to the company about these Soldiers. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Thomas Benoit, 1083rd Transportation Company)

    Soldiers from the 2025th Transportation Company...

    Soldiers from the 2025th Transportation Company line up in preparation to receive their Combat Action Badges during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq. Lt. Col. Debusk, the 264th CSSB Commander speaks to the company about...

CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE SPEICHER, Iraq - Seven Soldiers from the 2025th Transportation Company, 264th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 15th Sustainment Brigade, 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), were awarded the Army's Combat Action Badge during a ceremony Feb. 2 at Contingency Operating Base Speicher, Iraq.

The Soldiers received fire during convoy operations around the city of Bayji, Iraq, during two separate instances of enemy fire in October. The unit suffered no casualties from these actions.

The Soldiers who received the badges are: Staff Sgt. Michael Roberson, a squad leader from Talledega, Ala.; Sgt. James Priest, an assistant squad leader from Albertville, Ala.; Sgt. Thomas Perrigo, a truck commander from East Aboga, Ala.; Spc. Jamie Parker, a driver from Banks, Ala.; Spc. Richard Gardner, a driver from Talledega, Ala.; Spc. Stenie Seals, a driver from Talledega, Ala.; and Spc. Joseph Deck, a driver from Sabastian, Fla.

Lt. Col. Steven S. Debusk, the 264th CSSB commander, pinned the badges on the Soldiers.

While these awards were being given to these seven Soldiers, the ceremony was indicative of the service of the entire company and the dangers that all drivers face, Debusk said during the ceremony.

The upcoming drawdown and increased operational tempo has all types of drivers on the road more often. Further, with the upcoming elections, drivers expect to see more insurgent activity disrupting sustainment missions. The drivers understand they must be more mindful of the hazards and rely on the training they have received to carry out their mission safely, he said.

Roberson said he was happy to be pinned and wanted this badge to add to his collection, for his teenage son.

"This award is really for all of the Soldiers who do the job, regardless of the risk they take," Priest said. "I am just truly glad that none of us were hurt and we were all able to come back. Hopefully, this will continue throughout our tour and we can return home safely to our families."

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