Another JBLM Stryker brigade heads to Afghanistan

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. (AP) -- Joint Base Lewis-McChord will hold a deployment ceremony Friday for the 2nd Stryker Brigade as about 4,000 soldiers start heading to Afghanistan for a nine-month tour.

Base spokesman Joe Kubistek (KOOB'-eh-stek) says they'll join more than 4,000 Lewis-McChord soldiers already in the country. Most are with the 3rd Stryker Brigade which started deploying in December.