JOINT BASE BALAD, Iraq - U.S. Division-North commander, Maj. Gen. Tony Cucolo paid a visit to the 3rd Sustainment Brigade, 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary), during which he presented awards to the brigade for achieving 146 percent of its retention mission for fiscal year 2010.

Additionally, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 3rd Sustainment Bde., 103rd Sustainment Command (Expeditionary) received the "Top of the Rock" award for accomplishing 224 percent of their assigned aggregate retention mission.

"I'm in awe when I see what we've been through, the last seven years particularly, that folks have chosen not to sit on the sidelines of history and read about it or watch it, but actually step forward, stay and write the history," Maj. Gen. Cucolo said during the ceremony.

All of the battalions under the 3rd Sustainment Bde. surpassed their retention missions, including the 3rd Special Troops Battalion, which accomplished 140 percent of its mission. The other two units under the brigade, the 87th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, currently serving in Afghanistan, and the 260th Quartermaster Company, who redeployed back to Hunter Army Airfield earlier this year, also achieved their retention missions with 132 percent and 144 percent, respectively.

Major General Cucolo also awarded Combat Infantryman's Badges and Combat Action Badges to 10 Soldiers assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 156th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Sustainment Bde.

"Here we are in the longest fight since the [Revolutionary War] with an all-volunteer force, and you represent those who keep the all-volunteer force alive," Maj. Gen. Cucolo said. "You've created a climate in the sustainment brigade that has allowed people to say 'Soldiering is not just a job; Soldiering is who I am.'"