FORT LEE, Va. (April 15, 2010) - The 266th Quartermaster Battalion conducted its annual Provider Ball April 10.

It was an opportunity for the 266th QM BN to build esprit de corps within its organization, as well as provide a social event for spouses, friends and Family to come and be a part of the deep military tradition of the dining out.

Col. Johnny Sokolosky, the 23rd QM Brigade commander, served as the night’s guest speaker.

“The 266th has earned a solid reputation throughout the brigade for being the best,” said Sokolosky. “I see the pride everyone takes in ensuring our young Quartermaster Warriors receive the best possible care and training.

“The Soldiers in the 266th Quartermaster Battalion are our credentials,” he continued. “I say again, they are your credentials – nothing else matters. When these Soldiers arrive at their next duty assignment, their appearance, their actions and their discipline in how they carry themselves speaks of you. They represent the hard work and dedication you exemplify and for that, I am grateful.”

The annual event also allowed the battalion to honor outstanding NCOs and Civilians who performed above and beyond the call of duty on a daily basis. Lt. Col. Jose Muniz, 266th QM Bn. commander, along with Sokolosky, recognized Staff Sgt. Tiese Blazio, Staff Sgt. Matthew Gilbert, Sgt. 1st Class Ronnie Rooks, Sgt. 1st Class Russell Slouffman, Floyd Lewis, and Donald Boozer. The NCOs were awarded the Army Achievement Medal for their hard work and dedication to the 266th QM Bn. mission, and the Civilians were awarded with the 266th QM Bn. commander’s coin.

With the high-paced mission of training the Army’s supply specialists and food specialists, it doesn’t leave much time for Family and friends. The Provider Ball was a great opportunity for the 266th QM BN Family to spend time with each other and get to know each other outside of the work environment, the event organizers said. It was great to show those in the organization along with Family members and spouses that all of their hard work and dedication doesn’t go unnoticed.

Sokolosky said the Provider Ball was an opportunity to let the family members and spouses of the 266th QM Bn. know that they are not forgotten, and the battalion wouldn’t be the successful organization it is today if it wasn’t for them.

“I would be remised if I did not take a moment to recognize some of the very special guest in the audience tonight,” he said. “To all the spouses here tonight, let me say thank you. I know there is no tougher job in the Army. I as well as this nation appreciate the support you provide your Soldier.”