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Lewis-McChord hosting its last large Iraq homecoming this week

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Dec. 5, 2011 at 11:11 am with No Comments »
December 6, 2011 7:26 am

Here’s another sign that the war in Iraq is almost over:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tuesday is hosting what it expects to be its last significant homecoming for soldiers serving there.

Over the past eight years, tens of thousands of soldiers have passed through the base south of Tacoma on their way to and from and Iraq. Tomorrow, about 170 service members will be reunited with their friends and family following shortened combat deployments.

About 100 Lewis-McChord soldiers will be left in Iraq after tomorrow’s homecoming. They’ll come home in small groups over the next few weeks.

The Army says the soldiers returning tomorrow come from:

  • 40 Soldiers from the 520th Medical Company, 62nd Medical Brigade. The unit deployed in mid-June.
  • 55 Soldiers from the 47th Combat Support Hospital, 62nd Medical Brigade. The unit deployed in July and August.
  • 76 Soldiers from the 1-94 Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade. The unit deployed in June.
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