CONTINGENCY OPERATING BASE Q-WEST, Iraq - Soldiers from Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment, 30th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 16th Sustainment Brigade, made noticeable improvements, like curbs and painted logos, to their company area here April 10.

"It's important to improve your foxhole," said Capt. Peter Lewis, commander, Co. B and native of Sacramento, Calif. "Charlie Company, 151st Infantry, did it for us and we're doing it for the next company coming in. This is just a small way that Bravo Company can leave its mark here in northern Iraq."

The most noticeable difference to the Dublin, Calif., based company's area is around the tactical operations center where Soldiers replaced sandbags with concrete curbing and added a pull-up bar. The Soldiers also painted the Bushmaster logo onto the large barrier wall near the entrance to the company area.

"Even the small things take a great deal of work" said 1st Sgt. Steven Trester, native of Paso Robles, Calif., and first sergeant, Co. B, 1st Bn., 184th Inf. Regt. "We take for granted the simple things; you can't go to the hardware store and get bags of concrete."
Bravo Company soldiers worked many hours doing clean up and area beautification, and packed away boxes of old parts and set up parking spots in the motor pool.

"This helps mark a transition from old business to a new type," said 1st Lt. Patrick Bagley, executive officer, Co. B. "We see it as a statement. We are taking pride in this country and we want to see it better."