With the imminent return of the 54th Military Police Company, the number of Fort Lewis troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan is down to about 2,000,* according to post officials.
I can’t swear to it but I’m pretty sure that’s fewer than at any time since the early days following the March 2003 invasion.
Here’s who is still over there.
In Iraq: 51st Military Police Company; 4th Squadron, 6th Cavalry Squadron; 62nd Medical Brigade headquarters; 504th Military Intelligence Battalion; 514th Medical Company; 547th Medical Company; 9th Finance Detachment; 102nd Forward Surgical Team; 551st Medical Company; 153rd Medical Detachment; 295th Quartermaster Company; 673rd Medical Company; 22nd HR Company; A/110 Chemical Battalion; 80th Ordnance Battalion; 710th Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company; 42nd Military Police Brigade headquarters; 14th Engineer Battalion; 542nd Ordnance Company; 265th Transportation Team; 98th Medical Company; 38th Military Police detachment (CID).
In Afghanistan: 51st Military Police Company; 19th Public Affairs Detachment; 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion.
* Deployment figures don’t include numbers from the 1st Special Forces Group and the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, who, like Col. Flagg on M*A*S*H, come and go like the wind.