FORT LEWIS, Wash. – The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division’s command team, and nearly 300 of the brigade’s Soldiers, will return to Fort Lewis on June 3.
Col. Jon S. Lehr and Command Sgt. Major John W. Troxell, along with about 275 of their Soldiers, are expected to be welcomed home by family and friends in a ceremony currently scheduled to take place at approximately 1:30 p.m., at Soldiers Field House.
As one of the Army’s newest Stryker brigades, the 4-2 Stryker BCT is returning from its first combat deployment, a 15-month deployment to Iraq. The brigade left Fort Lewis a month earlier than expected, to participate in the “surge” strategy. The brigade joined Fort Lewis’ 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team in Diyala province, then remained there under the command of Multi-National Division North – eventually assuming responsibility for an area of operations that had previously been covered by two brigades of its size.
According to brigade records, 4-2 Stryker BCT Soldiers in the brigade conducted 138 battalion-level operations, and an additional 413 company-level operations. 4-2 Stryker Soldiers found and secured 552 weapons caches, cleared 87,324 Km of routes of improvised explosive devices and and other hazards to secure safe travel for civilians and security forces, and captured and destroyed more than 25,000 lbs. of explosives.
During this deployment, the brigade detained 1700 suspects, and captured 212 high-value targets. Additionally, 718 enemy and 20 high-value targets were killed in action, and 176 enemy personnel were wounded in action during brigade operations. The brigade conducted 278 air and ground raids, resulting in 324 bombs dropped, as well as 4663 mortar rounds and more than 11,000 artillery rounds fired. Brigade Soldiers encountered and cleared 2216 improvised explosive devices (IED’s), including 72 house-borne IED’s, 25
suicide-vest-borne IEDs, and 31 vehicle-borne IED’s.
The majority of 4/2 SBCT’s Soldiers will return to Fort Lewis by mid-June, and Soldiers will conduct reintegration tasks and training with their units through the end of the month.
4-2 Stryker brigade will formally observe its redeployment by uncasing the brigade colors in a ceremony to be conducted at Watkins Field on July 1.