FALLUJAH, Iraq --
FALLUJAH, Iraq (July 8, 2008)- Civilian contractors who work with Maintenance Company, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, 1st Marine Logistics Group were awarded Certificates of Appreciation here, July 8.
The eight civilians were recognized for their support while working alongside Maintenance Marines to recover military assets outside friendly lines.
“We’re just here to support the Marines … no matter what the conditions are,” said Don V. Tremain, a 45-year-old recovery mechanic from Grand Rapids, Mich.
The civilian contractors explained that although working in Iraq is difficult and the conditions usually extreme, they are proud to be doing their part alongside service members.
“I am proud to say that I work with the Marines,” said Chris Farmer, a recovery mechanic. “Every time we go out with the Marines, they are great and we appreciate their recognition,” said the 42-year old from Paris, Texas.
Dod P. Ireland, 54, from Lolo, Mont., who is a former Marine, said it was an honor to be working with his fellow Marines again.
Although most contractors are separated from their families who miss them, they remain dedicated to the Marines to help them complete their missions.
They take risks everyday and that’s why it’s important to recognize their hard work, according to Lt. Col. David Nathanson, commanding officer, Combat Logistics Battalion 1, who handed the recovery mechanics their awards and also congratulated them for their work.
“They epitomize what patriotism is in my mind,” added Nathanson.