GRAFENWOEHR, Germany - The 5th Maintenance Company, 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade cased its colors during an inactivation ceremony at the Field House in the Grafenwoehr Training Area here March 15.

This was the sixth inactivation for the 5th Maint. Co. since its organization in 1918.

"We cannot inactivate the long history of great service that 5th Maintenance has given to our country, nor can we ever inactivate the faithful and proud service of each Soldier who has stood under her colors," said the 18th CSSB chaplain, Capt. Billy Stauffer, during the ceremony.

The 18th CSSB commander, Lt. Col. Reed Hudgins, thanked the Soldiers and Families of the 5th Maint. Co. for their service and paid homage to the unit's rich history. The company has participated in several military campaigns beginning in WWI to, most recently, Operation Enduring Freedom.

"The formation you see standing before you today is symbolic. They stand there not just for themselves but they stand there representing history," said Hudgins. "They represent the pride and dignity of all those men and women for almost 100 years."

"Today is not about endings at all. It's not about sorrow. It's not even about sadness. It's about honor," Hudgins added. " Five times 5th Maint. has gotten the call - America needs you. It stood ready, proud, able to help and able to serve so today is truly a celebration."

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