(Washington, D.C.) – Today, U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) released the following statement after the White House announced that a deployment of 17,000 troops to Afghanistan will include a Stryker Brigade from Fort Lewis, Washington.

“Like they have time and again, Fort Lewis’ Stryker Brigades will answer the President’s call to serve with courage and distinction. We are fortunate to have such well-trained and professional soldiers call our state home. But we must also remember our duty to them. As these soldiers and their families prepare to serve our nation, we must ensure that we are providing all the resources and support they need to perform their jobs and return home safely.”