A Joint Base Lewis-McChord air cavalry squadron is preparing to deploy to South Korea early next month with nearly 400 soldiers and 30 helicopters, the Army said Thursday.
The nine-month mission is a change of scenery for Lewis-McChord soldiers whose deployments over the past dozen years took them repeatedly to Iraq and Afghanistan.
The 4th Squadron, 6th Air Cavalry Regiment flies OH-58D Kiowa Warrior helicopters. The 30 aircraft the Lewis-McChord unit is taking with it to South Korea will stay in that country after the troops return home next year.
The squadron expects to receive replacement helicopters for its stateside training assignments when it gets back to the base south of Tacoma, Army spokesmen said.
“They are a Kiowa unit, and they will have Kiowas to train on once this mission is complete,” said Lt. Col. Joe Sowers, public affairs officer for the 7th Infantry Division.
The Army’s move is intended to restore some air power that left South Korea during the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army said. Adam Ashton, staff writer