July 8, 2013
By Spc. Reese Von Rogatsz
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Raider families and friends gathered to welcome back approximately 350 soldiers, the largest wave to date, from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who returned home after a seven-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, June 23.
According to Col. Michael Getchell, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div. commander, June stands as the last full month remaining for the brigade's deployment. The Raiders, who have been operating bases since November as part of Combined Task Force 4-2, have continued to demilitarize or transfer installations to their Afghan National Security Force partners.