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Family Members welcome home 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers

October 17, 2012

By Staff Sgt. Cory Thatcher, 10th Sustainment Brigade Journalist

FORT DRUM, N.Y. -- A large, very excited crowd gathered Oct. 11 on Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield to welcome home 10th Sustainment Brigade Soldiers from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.

Maj. Gen. Mark A. Milley, Fort Drum and 10th Mountain Division (LI) commander, addressed friends and Family Members who had gathered to reunite with and welcome home a formation of more than 360 10th Sustainment Brigade "Muleskinners." The formation was composed of Soldiers from 10th Special Troops Battalion, 7th Engineer Battalion, 226th Signal Company and 33rd Finance Company.

Milley lauded the efforts of Task Force Muleskinner, commending them for the more than 250,000 miles traveled in the execution of 5,000 successful logistical missions in support of U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

He also had high words of praise for the Families left behind by the deployed Soldiers.
"You should be proud of the fight your Families fought here at home," Milley said. "Making it through these tough times marks the resilience that makes our Army Families so special."

The 10th Sustainment Brigade Task Force Muleskinner provided logistical support for Regional Commands North, East and Capital and also completed or began projects valued at more than $10 million to improve the infrastructure, heath and education of the people of Afghanistan.

Of the many accomplishments over the past year, Col. Kurt Ryan, 10th Sustainment Brigade commander, said one stood out in his mind.

"We did a lot of good in Afghanistan, but I am most pleased that we have brought everyone home to their loved ones safely," Ryan said.

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