HANAU, Germany — Seven months after returning from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, the 26th Quartermaster Company inactivated at a ceremony in Hanau.

In the past half-year, many in the unit have left for new assignments, so Tuesday’s ceremony at Hutier Casern included fewer than half of the soldiers who served in Afghanistan, according to an Army spokesman. Normally, the unit has about 120 people in its ranks.

Before its tour in Afghanistan, the 26th spent a year in Iraq, from March 2003 to March 2004. It departed for Afghanistan in January 2005.

At the inactivation ceremony, the company commander and first sergeant attached to the unit guidon a meritorious unit commendation ribbon for its service in Iraq.

The inactivation of the 26th Quartermaster Company is part of a larger plan to restructure U.S. forces overseas, particularly in Europe.

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