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Here they come: Homecomings picking up at JBLM as 3rd Brigade’s tour winds down

Post by Adam Ashton / The News Tribune on Oct. 29, 2012 at 11:22 am |
October 29, 2012 11:22 am
Families of soldiers in the 209th Military Intelligence Company await a homecoming at Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Oct. 26. Army photo.

Small groups of troops are making their way home from southern Afghanistan, signaling the near end of a deployment for more than 3,500 soldiers in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

The soldiers coming home now mostly represent advance parties from a yearlong deployment that began for most of the brigade’s subordinate units in December. It’s going to take several weeks to more than a month before you’ll see all of the 3rd Brigade back home in the South Sound.

Army photo from 209th Military Intelligence Company homecoming.

Familiar faces are replacing the 3rd Brigade in Kandahar and Zabul provinces. Lewis-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is on its way to Afghanistan for a nine-month deployment covering the same ground. Its battalions and companies are heading out in a long procession before the full brigade with more than 3,000 soldiers hits the ground some time next month.

Here’s one more homecoming hug for the road.

Army photo from a Sunday homecoming for B Company of the 296th Battlefield Support Battalion.

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