CAMP TAJI, Iraq – Soldiers of the 1538th Transportation Company, 419th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 10th Sustainment Brigade, gathered at the Morale, Welfare and Recreation stage in the company area at here for the recognition of Black History Month.
The Soldiers participated by displaying various posters created to portray information surrounding black history and the meaning to them. This event provided a learning opportunity for the 1538th Soldiers as well as time to reflect on the past and future.
"It depicts how far we've made strides to all work together," said 1st Sgt. Jeffrey Spencer, from West Port, Ind., who is the first sergeant of the 1538th Trans. Co. "Our best leaders have been black and this shows the struggles they have had to overcome to get where they are now."
Staff Sgt. Loretta Fluck, a native of Elkhart, Ind., was the lead for this endeavor. She is currently serving as the 1538th Equal Opportunity representative. Many of the Soldiers were honored and proud to participate in this event.
"From the Tuskegee Airmen, Martin Luther King, Colin Powell to President Obama, this was no easy trip to get where they are today. Our Soldiers were honored to participate in this event," said Spencer.
The 10th Sustainment Brigade Equal Opportunity Representative viewed all the posters on display to determine the overall top two in the categories of most creative and most informative.
Fluck was selected as most creative and Sgt. Forrest Stone, a native of Michigan City, Mich., for most informative. All the Soldiers that participated received a certificate for their participation in recognizing Black History Month.
The Soldiers of the 1538th are scheduled to return to Indiana sometime in the summer of 2009 and events like this make a huge difference in how fast the days pass until they return home.