Congressman Adam Smith (WA-09), Ranking Member of the House Armed Services Committee, made the following statement today celebrating the final charter aircraft with Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade and the 62nd Medical Brigade returning from Iraq:

“I am pleased to welcome the final large group of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers home from Iraq today. This is a proud day for the Soldiers, their families, our community and our country.

“Over the last 8 years, our troops have done a tremendous job protecting U.S. national security and supporting the Iraqi people as they seek to establish a stable, prosperous nation. I want to applaud our troops for their hard work and thank them for their sacrifice. These brave men and women represent the best our country has to offer. We are grateful for their service, and welcome them home.”