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Brigade that sustained soldiers in Iraq starts coming home

Post by Matt Misterek / The News Tribune on May 6, 2010 at 12:49 pm with No Comments »
May 6, 2010 12:49 pm

Families and friends are preparing to welcome home about 200 soldiers from the Middle East tonight, when members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade are scheduled to march into Wilson Gym at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

About 450 soldiers with the brigade were sent to Kuwait last May. Another 75 of them (members of the 80th Ordnance Battalion) are set to return home early Sunday morning, according to Lewis-McChord.

The sustainment brigade was heavily involved in the drawdown of American troops from Iraq. After seven years of war, thousands of tons of equipment have been scattered across the country and must be trucked out.

At the unit’s farewell ceremony a year ago, Col. Cynthia Fox called it “possibly the largest retrograde operation the Army has seen in years.”

Here are some of the post-deployment numbers for the brigade provided by Army officials:

* More than 3,000 combat logistic patrols.

* More than 367,744 tons of equipment moved.

* More than 7.5 million miles driven.

* Delivery of 626 million gallons of fuel and more than 1.5 tons of mail.

* Management of 21,000 tons of ammunition.

* Processing of more than 300,000 financial transactions.

This was the 593rd Brigade’s third trip to the region, having previously deployed in 2003-04 and 2005-06.

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