BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan--Six Soldiers assigned to AFSBn-Bagram, 401st Army Field Support Brigade received coins from Command Sgt. Maj. Thomas R. Capel, COMISAF command sergeant major, Jul. 27.

The Soldiers had been introduced to Capel during his visit to the Bagram RPAT yard where he learned of their outstanding mission support. He invited them to have lunch with him and several other Army Command Sergeants Major and Air Force Chief Master Sergeants and gave the Soldiers his coin following lunch.

Following lunch with the 401st Soldiers and several Airmen assigned to the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing, Command Sgt. Maj. Charlie G. Chavez, 401st AFSB command sergeant major, said the 401st could not complete its retrograde mission without the Air Force.

"You help us fight the fight of retrograde," he said.

Capel remarked that the group was having lunch in a room named in honor of one of his Soldiers who fell in combat in Afghanistan in November 2002. He thanked the Soldiers and Airmen in the room and said they represent "the best we have to offer."

"When our country needed you the most, you found a recruiter and raised your right hand," he said. "I'm so proud to serve with you. You dedicate all your time to the mission; you are the tip of the spear."

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