FORT LEWIS, Wash. — The first flight of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division’s Soldiers returning with their units from the brigade’s 15-month deployment to Iraq is expected to arrive on Thursday, May 29.
Approximately 250 Soldiers assigned to the 4th Battalion, 9th Infantry Regiment, part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, will return to Fort Lewis and will be welcomed home by family and friends in a ceremony currently scheduled to take place at 3 p.m. at Soldiers Field House.
The majority of 4/2 SBCT’s Soldiers are scheduled to return to Fort Lewis over the next three weeks. The Soldiers who arrive home on Thursday make up the first flight of the brigade’s “main body” flights, on which most of the brigade’s Soldiers will return. A small “advance party” returned earlier this month to prepare for the rest of the brigade’s return, and a “trail party” will remain overseas until all of the brigade’s Soldiers and equipment have left the theater.