JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-FORT SAM HOUSTON, Texas -- (April 26, 2016) Soldiers from the 410th Contracting Support Brigade uncased their colors in a ceremony here April 26 following their nine-month deployment in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.Approximately 20 members of the 410th CSB returned to San Antonio April 16 following a deployment to Afghanistan, where they served as the command and control element of Expeditionary Contracting Command-Afghanistan. It was the unit's first deployment as a brigade headquarters since its activation in May 2007.Following the uncasing of colors, Col. Rick Harger, the brigade commander, commended the contributions of the 410th CSB during its deployment."It was the collective contribution of every Soldier, civilian and contractor that made the 410th CSB headquarters' deployment a success," Harger said. "We provided world-class contracting support and lived up to our motto 'done right, on time.'"The commander said members of the brigade were initially dispersed across Qatar and Afghanistan providing operational contract support until the closure of the Qatar Regional Contracting Center, while a handful remained at Bagram Airfield throughout the length of the deployment. The brigade was responsible for the mission command of four regional contracting centers that directly supported U.S. Forces-Afghanistan and the Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan, or CSTC-A.While deployed, the 410th CSB executed more than 800 contract actions valued at more than $234 million in support of forces fulfilling the support mission. It also assumed contingency contract administration services from the Defense Contract Management Agency earlier this year adding the responsibility of an additional more than 135 contracts and 245 task orders including Logistics Civil Augmentation Program services valued at $31 billion."Our successful deployment, however, was due to not just to the efforts of our deployed forces, but also to those who remained here in San Antonio," Harger said. "We owe a great deal of gratitude to our families who kept things in order and kept the home fires burning that allowed us to focus on our mission."The colonel went on to also recognize members making up the rear detachment of the brigade who remained at Fort Sam Houston. The 410th CSB provides contracting support to Army South to sustain Army and joint operations in the U.S. Southern Command area of operations in order to counter transnational threats and strengthen regional security in defense of the homeland."Because you took care of our home station mission, you not only allowed us to focus on the environment and customers in Afghanistan, but also validated the 410th's mission of being prepared to deploy worldwide in support of any contingency."