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Category: Army Stryker brigades


JBLM officer looks back at three combat tours in new book, “Iraq Full Circle”


Col. Darron Wright thought he knew who the bad guys were on his first deployment to Iraq. They were Sunni Muslim insurgents giving his soldiers hell in the communities around Saddam Hussein’s hometown.
By his last tour six years later with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade, Wright found himself sharing tea and meals with leaders of some of the same groups – men he blamed for those early fatal attacks on American soldiers and vicious assaults on Iraqi civilians.
“This dude had so much blood on his hands,” Wright, 44, remembered from a 2010 meeting with

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“You have indeed returned with honor.” JBLM’s 2nd Stryker Brigade closes the book on nine months in Kandahar

Staff Sgt. Christopher Byers marched on prosthetic legs at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thursday, rejoining a group of soldiers he left in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province seven months ago.
His limbs chafed at their heavy use, but Byers didn’t complain. He called himself motivated by the chance to march at a ceremony marking the homecoming of his Stryker brigade.
“It’s good to have them home. It really is. I was so worried about them while were gone,” he said.
Byers, 30, served with the 4,000 soldiers in Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which recently completed a nine-month assignment

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No news is good news for newly home Stryker brigade


Col. Barry Huggins, left, returned from a nine-month deployment leading Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Photo by Lt. Rose Neats.

The homecomings from an intense year in Afghanistan are almost compete at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which this week brought back the command group for its 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Its return is notable in part because of the brigade went about its business for the past nine months at war while rarely making news. It also earned some high praise from one of the war’s top generals as it left

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New design adds 20 tons, tracks to the wheeled Strykers seen at JBLM

The manufacturer of the eight-wheeled Stryker vehicles that make up the backbone of the Army’s fleet at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is unveiling new models of at a conference this week, including ones that would have run counter to their initial purpose as a rapidly deployable medium weight infantry carrier.

General Dynamics is pitching the new models as a path for the Army to improve its vehicle fleet without spending billions of dollars designing new options.

One of the new models is a tracked Stryker that weighs some 42 tons – 22 tons more than an off-the-floor, basic Stryker

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Bayonet! Army ceremonies revealing role for new division HQ at JBLM

I haven’t heard anyone sing the 7th Infantry Division song yet, but Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s newest command is starting to flesh out its place in the Puget Sound military community.

The newly reactivated 7th Infantry Division took leading roles in recent weeks at memorials to fallen soldiers and the deployment ceremony for the Afghanistan-bound 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Those troops now belong to the 7th ID.

These gestures reveal that the 7th ID will be as integral to Lewis-McChord as units like the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

At Fort Bragg, the 82nd often is the dominant

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What does an “enduring presence” in Afghanistan mean for JBLM?

Last week, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey visited the Puget Sound and described the “enduring presence” he sees for American forces in Afghanistan after the planned 2014 drawdown of most Western troops.

Does that mean Joint Base Lewis-McChord should expect major deployments to Afghanistan for years to come?

It does not seem likely based on what we’ve been hearing recently from commanders at the base.

I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Brown and 7th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza each stressed the likelihood for missions in the Pacific in the next

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JBLM announces fallen soldier in Afghanistan – third this week

A hard-hit Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade has lost another soldier in Afghanistan – the second in a span of five days – as the Army today announced the death of Spc. Sterling W. Wyatt, 21, of Columbia, Mo.

Wyatt was killed Wednesday when his vehicle was attacked by an enemy bomb in the southern province of Kandahar, where several thousand Lewis-McChord soldiers are deployed.

Wyatt was assigned to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and was serving his first tour of duty, according to unit records.

He joined the Army in November 2010, trained as an infantryman and was

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“You can’t keep me down:” Lewis-McChord soldiers recovering from wounds in recent weeks

In the past three weeks, you’ve seen a sad run of stories about fallen Joint Base Lewis-McChord solders in Afghanistan. We think they’re important to publish to pay our respects to these service members who gave their all in combat.

They are not the only casualties the local military community is experiencing these days.

Several parents of wounded Lewis-McChord soldiers in recent weeks have highlighted the stories of their children coping with serious combat injuries in media reports around the country. It’s up to them to share these stories because the Defense Department does not release specific information about nonfatal

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