A Fort Lewis Stryker brigade will leave for Iraq in April instead of May as part of the “surge” of U.S. forces aimed at reversing sectarian and insurgent violence in Baghdad.
The 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division will skip a previously scheduled trip to the National Training Center in Southern California and instead conduct its last pre-deployment rehearsals at Fort Lewis, a brigade official told reporters Thursday.
The unit of some 4,000 soldiers will be the fifth Stryker brigade to go to Iraq, and the first without the benefit of a test run “in the box” at either Fort Irwin in the Mojave Desert or the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, La.
President Bush should be ashamed to allow the rushing of troops through to deployment to Iraq without the training they need. DIsgraceful.