Fort Lewis release – The 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment will return
from a 15-month deployment to Iraq on Tuesday, Aug. 26. About 270
Soldiers from the unit will be reunited with their families, at a
ceremony currently scheduled for approximately 12:30 p.m. Tuesday
afternoon in hangar 3063 at Gray Army Airfield.
The unit deployed with more than 600 soldiers in support of Operation
Iraqi Freedom in May 2007 and was stationed in Northern Iraq in the
Ninawah Province as Task Force Redcatcher. The remaining 4-6 Air Cavalry
Soldiers arrive home throughout August and September.
TF Redcatcher's mission was to fly their UH-58 Kiowa Warriors and UH-60
Blackhawks to provide air attack and logistical support operations in
support of Operation Phantom Strike and Operation Phantom Phoenix.
Operating out of four forward operating bases (FOB) and one contingency
operating base (COB), the "Air" Cav troops were able to find, fix and
destroy insurgent forces and protect Coalition Forces in an area that
encompassed all of Multi National Division - North's area of operations.
Task Force Redcatcher's combat operations resulted in 135 enemy killed
in action and 56 enemy wounded in action. The efforts of the task force
Soldiers created dynamic changes throughout the Ninawah Province and
MND-N by protecting coalition forces, Iraqi Security Forces, and the
Iraqi Government, allowing them to promote peace, security and