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549th QM returns from Iraq

Photo by Sgt. Lakeshia L. Hubbard. Capt. William R. Hall, commander, 549th Quartermaster Company, 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, leads more than 100 Soldiers in rendering honors to the national colors during the company’s welcome home ceremony Nov. 10 at the Special Events Center.

by Staff Sgt. Ian M. Terry

43rd Sustainment Brigade Public Affairs Office

More than 100 Soldiers from 549th Quarter-master Company returned to Fort Carson Nov. 10 following a seven-month deployment to Iraq in support of Operation New Dawn.

The “Black Knights” of the 68th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 43rd Sustainment Brigade, were honored during an early morning welcome home ceremony at the Special Events Center.

The Soldiers performed many different jobs while downrange. The company is comprised of Soldiers with various specialties, ranging from forklift operators to fuelers to administrative professionals to laundry and shower facilities maintainers.

Among the company’s primary jobs while in Iraq was facilitating the troop drawdown by serving a key role in removing excess equipment as troops continued to withdraw from the region.

The Black Knights also ensured the provision of clean laundry and shower facilities to Soldiers stationed throughout both the Victory Base Complex and Joint Base Balad in central Iraq.

During their deployment, 549th QM maintenance teams cleaned and organized numerous unit motor pools, operated material redistribution yards and repaired existing laundry advanced systems to proper working order.

Despite the early hour, seats were filled at the Special Events Center as the Black Knights were officially welcomed home.

“I would like to thank the Soldiers of the 549th Quartermaster Black Knights for their outstanding mission accomplishment,” said Capt. William R. Hall, commander, 549th QM. “And I would also like to thank the Black Knights Family for their continued support during our deployment.”

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