News: The city of Lacey welcomes home 3-2 SBCT
Story by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – The city of Lacey, Wash., saluted the local men and women of the 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Monday by hosting a ceremony at Saint Martin's University, Feb. 4.
The ceremony, which was coordinated by the Captain Meriwether Lewis Lacey Subchapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA); the city of Lacey; Saint Martin's University; and many others, recognized the achievements of the 3-2 SBCT Soldiers, many of whom returned to JBLM in December, following a yearlong deployment in Zabul and Kandahar provinces of Afghanistan.
"We welcome home the 3-2 Stryker Brigade from their deployment in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan," said Lacey Mayor Virgil Clarkson.
While in Afghanistan, 3-2 SBCT was in charge of a battle space roughly the size of West Virginia and had a population of more than one million Afghan civilians.
Even though the Arrowhead Brigade had the largest battle space of any brigade in Afghanistan, the majority of the Afghans in the area lived in relative peace. That is thanks, in part, to the efforts of its soldiers, who were able to focus their efforts on their mission knowing their families back home were being taken care of.
"The deployment was hard, but it was made easier because we knew we had a community taking care of our families," said Col. Charles Webster, commander of 3-2 SBCT. "We knew that the schools would take care of our children and that the churches would support our needs, and that the businesses would be there for us ... because that's the kind of community Lacey is and that's why we love it so much."
The city of Lacey took the opportunity at the Welcome Home Picnic to issue a new proclamation expressing appreciation for the sacrifices made by our armed forces and their families and to show "gratitude to the men and women of (3-2 SBCT) for their many sacrifices in defense of the United States of America," said Clarkson.