Looks like Fort Lewis units in Iraq have avoided the dreaded extension, at least for now, even as the Pentagon on Monday announced overtime for the 1st Brigade, 1st Armored Division in Ramadi and hastened the deployment of the 4th Brigade, 1st Cavalry Division from Fort Bliss.
The 160 or so troops from the 528th Quartermaster Company returned home to Fort Lewis early today, along with an advance party from the 29th Signal Battalion. The 528th worked the past year at Tallil Air Base near Nasiriyah. In addition to their supply duties they even took over the base security job from the Air Force.
More flights are scheduled in the next several days to bring home elements of the 555th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, the 44th Corps Support Battalion, and the 21st Transportation Company – about 350 soldiers in all.
All are coming home from their second yearlong trip to Iraq.
At this very moment, there are 7,069 Fort Lewis soldiers deployed to Iraq – about 4,000 of them with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.