Fort Lewis, WA — The 555th Engineer Brigade headquarters’ will host a deployment and flag casing ceremony Thursday, September 4, at 11 a.m. on Able Field, located on North Fort.
This is the brigade headquarters’ third deployment to Iraq. The unit first deployed in April 2003 through March 2004, and established its Headquarters at Forward Operating Base Speicher, in Tikrit, Iraq. There, the “Triple Nickel” served as the headquarters of the Task Force Able,
which was compromised of more than 3,000 engineers from the Regular Army, Army Reserve, and Army National Guard. Their mission was to assure mobility, force protection, and essential life support to all brigades in their task force area of operation.
The “Triple Nickel” deployed to North Central Iraq October 2005 through October 2006, and provided mobility, troop construction, training to Iraqi Army engineers, base support, and munitions clearance to their task force throughout all five provinces of Northern Iraq.
Approximately 130 Soldiers from the engineer brigade headquarters are scheduled to deploy. The brigade’s mission will be to support combat operations, construction, and geospatial operations in partnership with Provincial Reconstruction Teams and Iraqi Army engineers.