VICTORY BASE COMPLEX, Iraq - The 110th Quartermaster Company, 260th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, received their end of deployment awards in a ceremony held Aug. 8 at Victory Base Complex, Iraq.

The brigade's senior enlisted adviser, Command Sgt. Maj. Allen G. Fritzsching, as well as the battalion command team and the company leaders, shook the hands of the departing Soldiers and thanked them for their service.

Col. Mark E. Drake, 10th Sust. Bde. commander, pinned medals, including Bronze Stars and Army Commendation medals, on Soldiers. He expressed his appreciation for each Soldier's hard work.
"You have all done a great job," said Drake. "That is something I cannot tell you enough."
Cpl. Janet Sonntag, section sergeant with the 110th and a Philadelphia native, said the award ceremony made her feel appreciated.

"It's great getting this award," Sonntag said. "It means that the Army appreciates what we do, and it also means that we are finally going home."
Lt. Col. Robert J. Dixon, commander of the 260th CSSB, also expressed his appreciation to the company for their hard work and dedication.

"I am proud of each and every one of you," he said.
Drake concluded the ceremony with a safety brief, warning the Soldiers of the difficulties in transitioning from deployment to home.

"It would be terrible if you made it through an entire year in Iraq without a single death, only to return home and lose someone," he said. "Do not become a statistic, and remember that a battle buddy is not just for while you're deployed. Take care of each other."