For more than a decade, Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sending soldiers off to war and welcoming them back home. Now this cycle of deployments and homecomings is winding down.
Over the next month, more than 1,000 soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade will return home. More than 200 were welcomed back Wednesday. And this time they don’t expect to go back to Afghanistan.
In many ways, this homecoming is like all the others. There’s an Army band. Anxious families wait on gymnasium bleachers. Homemade signs at the ready with messages like “We Missed You Daddy.”