The next Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade to fight in Afghanistan plans to leave 1,000 of its soldiers at home as a “readiness reserve” in case its mission advising Afghan partners changes during its deployment.
“I don’t need everyone for this mission” at first, said Col. Mike Getchell, commander of more than 4,000 soldiers in the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. “They’ll continue to train so they’re ready to serve when they’re called to do it.”
Getchell is heading into Kandahar Province over the next two months with his most seasoned soldiers. He’s drawing on veterans and high-ranking leaders initially …