REGENSBERG, Germany - American Soldiers from the 18th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion out of Grafenwoehr Training Area joined German servicemembers, current and retired, and local civilians at an awards ceremony here Feb. 24., honoring the 2010 donations from the Bavarian region to the German War Graves Caring Association donation fund.

The 18th CSSB 'Warhammers' are the only foreign military members to donate to the German fund and have been doing so since 2009. Their 2010 donation totaled 775 Euros, for which they received a silver recognition plaque at the ceremony.

"This donation from the 18th CSSB is absolutely great. It is a big sign of respect for the victims and a sign of comradeship and friendship," said Kaspar Becher, an official with the German War Graves Caring Association.

The German War Graves Caring Association is a humanitarian organization charged by the Federal Republic of Germany to register the German war dead abroad and to ensure it is updated and monitored. It advises relatives of war grave care, supervises public and private sites, supports international cooperation and assists within the sector of war grave care.