The pending deployment of the Army’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is getting all the coverage but other local units are either on their way over or on their way back.
About 17 soldiers from the Washington National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 205th Regiment are due home Saturday after a year in Afghanistan. They spent the past year training the Afghan National Army. Their friends at family are planning a big welcome at the USO center at Sea-Tac Airport.
There are about 1,400 Washington National Guard and reserve troops currently mobilized on active duty, according to the Pentagon’s latest report.
Meantime, about 100 airmen from the 8th Airlift Squadron at McChord Air Force Base are leaving Saturday morning for a four-month spell at “various locations throughout Europe, Southwest Asia and the Middle East,” according to a McChord press release.
Deployed, the squadron will be known as the 817th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron, headquartered at Incirlik Air Base in Turkey, where it schedules, plans and executes flights throughout the region.
Safe travels, welcome home, and good luck.