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Category: 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division


Veteran JBLM Stryker soldier killed by IED in Afghanistan


A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldier on his third deployment was killed in Afghanistan Monday, the Defense Department announced tonight.

Staff Sgt. Wesley Williams, 25, was killed by an insurgent bomb during a mission in Kandahar province.

He served with Lewis-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which deployed last month to replace another local Stryker unit in southern Afghanistan.

Williams of New Carlisle, Ohio joined the Army in 2005 after graduating high school. He met his wife at an ROTC program at Tecumseh High School in his hometown, WHIO TV reported.

Williams spent his first couple years

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JBLM Stryker brigades meet in Kandahar as one hits the ground and two look homeward

Here’s a fun photo that sums up the comings and goings of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s largest infantry brigades, all three of which were on the ground in Kandahar Province for most of this month.

Two brigades are heading home, and one is just getting started on its own mission in southern Afghanistan.

This image shows the commanders and senior noncommissioned officers of Lewis-McChord’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Stryker brigades at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Kandahar Province last week.

Most of the 3,500 troops in the 3rd Brigade deployed late last year. Many of them are home in the

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Lewis-McChord sergeant in unit fresh to Afghanistan dies in Kandahar Province

A noncommissioned officer from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade that just this month hit the ground in Afghanistan has died, the Defense Department announced today.

Staff Sgt. Rayvon Battle Jr., 25, of Rocky Mount, N.C., died Tuesday, in Kandahar Province.

He was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and deployed three times. His unit is charged with clearing roads of enemy mines so convoys can drive safely in dangerous territory.

The Army has not released information about the manner of Battle’s death.

It said Battle joined the Army in June of 2005

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

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.

Familiar faces are replacing the 3rd Brigade in Kandahar and Zabul provinces. Lewis-McChord’s 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry

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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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JBLM Stryker brigade told to “get the job done, come home safely” as it leaves for Kandahar

Clare Weeks had her hands full juggling two toddlers Thursday at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord deployment ceremony for her husband’s brigade. She knows she’s in for more of the same over the nine months Capt. Collin Weeks will spend in Afghanistan with the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

“I don’t think it hit me yet,” she said. “It will.”

Weeks joined hundreds of Army families at Lewis-McChord’s main parade ground Thursday to send off about 3,000 troops in the 4th Brigade. Its deployment could be the last major mission for a Lewis-McChord brigade in Afghanistan if NATO follows through on

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Two JBLM soldiers killed Saturday in separate IED attacks, DOD announces

Two Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers were killed in Afghanistan Saturday in separate enemy attacks with handmade explosives, the Defense Department announced today.

Spc. Brittany Gordon, 24, of JBLM’s 572nd Military Intelligence Company was killed in Kandahar Province.

Sgt. Robert Billings, 30, of JBLM’s 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment died from wounds he suffered in the Spin Boldak District in Kandahar Province near the Pakistan border.

Family members had announced Spc. Brittany Gordon’s death this weekend to local media in her hometown, St. Petersburg, Fla. She is the daughter of St. Petersburg Assistant Police Chief Cedric Gordon and his

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JBLM Stryker commander outlines an “advise and assist” mission for his troops in Afghanistan

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

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