About 200 Joint Base Lewis-McChord military police officers are on their way home from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.
The soldiers from the 504th Military Police Battalion, 42nd Military Police Brigade are scheduled to come home in two waves Thursday and Friday. About 140 are to arrive at Lewis-McChord’s Soldiers Field House Thursday, with the remainder getting back to their stateside lives Friday morning.
The Lewis-McChord soldiers were based in Kandahar, where they were tasked with training Afghan police, providing security in southern Afghanistan and supporting Afghan leaders. They also helped refurbish 29 schools with new stoves, windows, furniture and plumbing. During elections last fall, the officers worked with Afghan police to control traffic checkpoints and walked the city to deter attacks on voters, according to an Army press release.
Meanwhile, Lewis-McChord’s I Corps this week is conducting its last major training exercises before it deploys to Afghanistan next month. About 700 soldiers from the corps are expected to manage the war’s daily operations from Kabul.