About 200 soldiers belonging to two units that deployed separately for a year to Iraq were reunited with loved ones at homecoming ceremonies Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
The 571st Military Police Company and its nearly 140 soldiers returned from Baghdad, where they handled security operations in the international zone and did escort missions. This was the company’s third Iraq tour since 2004.
In a separate homecoming event, about 60 members of the advance party for the 17th Fires Brigade were greeted Thursday afternoon.
Lewis-McChord officials said the remaining troops in the brigade’s headquarters and field artillery battalion will return in mid-July. The brigade has about 1,000 soldiers total.
The 17th Fires is the first American brigade to spend a full deployment in Basra since the British handed over responsibility in March 2009. Basra is an industrial hub in Iraq’s southeast corner.