KABUL, Afghanistan (Nov. 18, 2015) -- Soldiers and civilians from the 925th Contracting Battalion and Regional Contracting Center-Capital uncased their colors during a ceremony Nov. 11 at the New Kabul Compound Conference Center here.The ceremony signifies the beginning of the battalion's yearlong deployment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.Lt. Col. Wyeth Anderson, the 925th CBN commander, and Sgt. Maj. Rachelle Hairston, the 925th CBN sergeant major, uncased the battalion's colors in a ceremony presided by Brig. Gen. David Maxwell, the deputy chief of staff support Headquarters Resolute Support from Kabul, Afghanistan.During the ceremony, Anderson commented on the significance of Veterans Day."On this Veterans Day, as we express our gratitude to those who serve with us and those who served before us, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them," Anderson said.He continued to congratulate the battalion's Soldiers on their outstanding reputation and highlighted the importance of the current mission."It took a lot of hard work by a lot of great people to establish the Expeditionary Contracting Command-Afghanistan and to begin manning it through unit-based deployments, rather than individual deployments," Anderson said. "Because of this we are deployed with our aligned division, the 10th Mountain Division, and we are fighting as we trained. To the members of the 925th CBN and RCC-Capital, you have already built a reputation as being efficient and effective. Thank you for that. From here we will continue to build our relationships with our U.S. Forces Afghanistan and Combined Security Transition Command--Afghanistan partners and ensure this momentum continues through our deployment. Our work is pivotal to ensure the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces are able to sustain and expand their capabilities and also to assist the Government of Afghanistan develop its resource management capabilities and rule of law."The 925th CBN deployed from Fort Drum, New York, to Kabul Oct. 11 to support USFOR-A units in the Kabul Base Cluster and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan. The 925th CBN consists of the headquarters based out of Fort Drum, the 611th Contracting Team from Fort Stewart, Georgia, and the 1956th Contracting Team from the Texas Army National Guard.Headquartered at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston, Texas, the MICC is made up of more than 1,500 military and civilian members assigned to three contracting support brigades, one field directorate office and 32 field offices responsible for contracting for Soldiers. In fiscal 2015, the command executed more than 36,000 contract actions valued at more than $5.2 billion across the Army, including $2.25 billion to American small businesses. The command also managed more than 600,000 Government Purchase Card Program transactions in fiscal 2015 valued at an additional $747 million.