The 4,000 soldiers of the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry will pile back to Fort Lewis over the next few weeks and after that the post will have all three of its Stryker brigades home. That’s a first.
A few other smaller units are due in over the next several weeks too.
But spare a thought for the 2,600 or so Fort Lewis soldiers who will remain in Iraq after July or so.
The latest list from FLWA includes:
&bull 14th Engineer Battalion
&bull 51st Signal Battalion
&bull 555th Engineer Brigade headquarters
&bull 42nd Military Police Brigade headquarters, the 504th MP Battalion headquarters, and the 54th and 170th MP companies.
&bull 4th Squadron, 6th U.S. Cavalry
&bull 62nd Medical Brigade headquarters, along with the 514th, 547th, 551st and 673rd Medical companies, the 153rd Medical Detachment, the 102nd Forward Surgical Team and the 98th Combat Stress Control Team.
&bull 295th Quartermaster Company
&bull 9th Finance Company and detachments
&bull 19th Public Affairs Detachment
The full house at Lewis is expected to last through the fall and winter. After that, the deployments are likely to kick back into gear.
The I Corps headquarters is scheduled to go sometime in the late winter/early spring of 2009 to take over as the Multi-National Corps-Iraq headquarters.
And two of the three Stryker brigades – the 5th Brigade, 2nd ID and the 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID – are likely to get the call in late summer or early fall.