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Tacoma native patrols the road out of Iraq for 82nd Airborne

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Dec. 1, 2011 at 7:00 am |
November 30, 2011 6:20 pm
Tacoma native Staff Sgt. Christopher King of the 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division talks on the radio and pulls security with his paratroopers along a route in Baghdad on Nov. 18. / Photo by Sgt. Kissta Feldner

An Army staff sergeant from Tacoma had a good view of the American withdrawal from Iraq, as seen in this photo from a patrol last week.

Staff Sgt. Christopher King of the 82nd Airborne Division was walking the streets of Baghdad to guard the road to Kuwait for the soldiers on their way home.

The journey through remains a dangerous one. Two weeks ago, an improvised explosive claimed the life of a specialist from King’s battalion.

“The closer we get to the time of our departure, the more they want to get after us,” Lt. Col. David Doyle told a Fayetteville Observer reporter. “A loss is just as hard at the start of a war. It hurts no matter when it happens.”

Doyle leads the 2nd Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

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