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February 16, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Another Stryker brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord headed to Afghanistan

The Defense Department on Thursday announced that more than 4,000 soldiers from the western Washington-based 2nd (Stryker) brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will deploy to Afghanistan later in the spring.

The deployment from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is expected to last nine months, and will come during a critical year in the U.S war effort as overall numbers of American and other NATO forces in Afghanistan are reduced, and Afghan forces are scheduled to take an increasingly important security role.

“I am mindful of the challenges, as well as the importance of our mission,” said Col. Barry Huggins, the brigade commander in a statement released Thursday. “Our soldiers represent the breadth and depth of experience in the last 10 years at war, and will bring that experience to bear as we fullfil our mission…”

The brigade uses eight wheeled Stryker vehicles to move about its troops.

It will join more than 4,400 other JBLM troops already in Afghanistan, including soldiers with the 3rd (Stryker) Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which currently is based in southern Afghanistan.

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