The 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team is headquartered in Seattle and is comprised of units from all over our state with approximately 2,900 citizen soldiers from Washington State filling its ranks.
The 81st deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from August 2008 to August 2009. Approximately 2,400 soldiers from Washington and 900 soldiers from the California Army National Guard comprised the deploying force of the 81st. Missions for 81st units in Iraq typically focused on convoy security, force protection, provincial reconstruction and base operations. The 81st previously deployed in support of OIF from March 2004 to March 2005. 81st soldiers were also instrumental in responding to the December 2007 floods in southwest Washington.
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