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Long trains of Army trucks are coming home to JBLM from a month in the CA desert

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on July 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm |
July 6, 2012 12:29 pm

It’s hard to miss the long trains of Army trucks sitting next to Highway 5 this weekend near Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

They belong to Lewis-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which recently completed a month of training at Fort Irwin, Calif. It likely will take a few days to unload all the equipment.

The brigade has about 4,000 soldiers, and it expects to deploy to Afghanistan late this fall.

Here’s a story from Lewis-McChord’s Northwest Guardian describing some of the cultural training the brigade undertook at Fort Irwin. The soldiers anticipate deploying to a battleground where Afghan forces are in the lead and U.S. troops serve in mostly advisory and support roles.

The 4th Brigade faced a similar mission in Iraq three years ago near the end of that war. It was the last “combat” brigade to serve there.

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