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5th Stryker Brigade Back At Lewis-McChord

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) - A yearlong deployment in Afghanistan officially ended Thursday for the 5th Stryker brigade with a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Army spokeswoman Catherine Caruso says 34 soldiers in the 4,000-member brigade were killed in combat, all by homemade bombs. Two more died in accidents and two more in illness.

Caruso said 239 of the brigade's soldiers were wounded and 95 of those rejoined the formation at the Watkins Field parade ground.

Staff Sgt. Jarrett D. Brown, a 26-year-old from Hoonah, Alaska, was awarded the Silver Star. He braved enemy fire to cover his platoon in an August 2009 firefight.

The ceremony also marked a change of command as Col. Barry F. Huggins took over from Col. Harry D. Tunnell.
      

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