Families and friends gathered to welcome home about 200 soldiers from the Middle East on Thursday night, as members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade were scheduled to march into Wilson Gym at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
About 450 soldiers with the local brigade were sent to Kuwait last May. Another 75 soldiers (members of the 80th Ordnance Battalion) are set to return home early Sunday, according to Lewis-McChord.
The sustainment brigade was heavily involved in the drawdown of American troops from Iraq. After seven years of war, thousands of tons of equipment have been scattered across the country and must be trucked out.
At the unit’s farewell ceremony a year ago, Col. Cynthia Fox called it “possibly the largest retrograde operation the Army has seen in years.”
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Army officials provided some of post-deployment numbers for the brigade, including:
• More than 3,000 combat logistic patrols conducted.
• More than 367,744 tons of equipment moved.
• More than 7.5 million miles driven.
• About 626 million gallons of fuel and more than 1.5 tons of mail delivered.
• Roughly 21,000 tons of ammunition managed.
• More than 300,000 financial transactions processed.
This was the 593rd Brigade’s third trip to the region, having previously deployed in 2003-04 and 2005-06.
Matt Misterek, staff writer