Following nine months in Iraq, the first wave of Idaho soldiers of the 116th Cavalry Brigade Combat team arrived at Lewis-McChord yesterday. Another direct flight of soldiers is expected this evening. Each soldier is being "demobilized" for seven to 10 days before being officially released from active duty and returning home. Among other things, soldiers will turn in their weapons (which will be secured and shipped separately back to Gowen Field in Boise), have a thorough review of their personnel records, and have their medical records and health benefits assessed.
Coming up in this week's BW, we examine the challenges facing the more than 1,500 Idaho soldiers who are returning home.