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.