FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- Families, friends and fellow Soldiers gathered early Sunday morning in Monti Physical Fitness Cen- ter to welcome home 110 members of 59th Chemical Company from a yearlong deployment to Kuwait.

Col. Kurt J. Ryan, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander, took time to address the crowd and praise the returning warriors for a job well done.

"Standing before you is the finest chemical company in our Army and the only one to serve an entire year in the (U.S.) Central Command area of responsibility," he said.

"Over the past year," Ryan continued, "the 59th trained and mentored Kuwaiti and Jordanian chemical units, provided force protection to the Kuwait naval base, provided joint support to the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit and escorted Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles on 65 flights to Afghanistan."

"On a personal level, we celebrate the birth of three babies to 'Chem Dawg' Families, three Soldiers completing their college degrees, (and) three promotions to both sergeant first class and captain," he said in closing.

Company 1st Sgt. Alfonso Sapp said he was impressed not only by how well the company executed the mission but by the way the Soldiers maintained the Army standards, especially physical fitness, under the pressures of deployment.