BAGHDAD-Spc. Thomas Springer, a track vehicle mechanic in Troop D, 1st "Garryowen" Squadron, 7th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, polishes a steel plate that will be placed behind the letters in a squadron's guidon stand. Springer will paint the "Garryowen" frame black for contrast. Many of the maintenance Soldiers who are not assigned to a line troop spend their days on maintenance actions around Joint Security Station Istiqlal. Spc. Springer works alongside the squadron's two welders, who build a variety of commissioned items when they are not making repairs to vehicles and other equipment. Other projects have included body armor racks, barbecue grills, and equipment carts.