For most of the 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment's deployment to Iraq, the unit's four companies were spread out at four separate outposts in the Baghdad area.
The battalion's A Company was attached to the 4th Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, at Forward Operating Base Kalsu in Iskandariyah; B Company, attached to the 10th Mountain Division, served at FOB Lion's Den; C Company was at Combat Outpost Lima Bravo; and D Company along with the headquarters group called Rustimiyah home.
Now, after spending the entire deployment detached from 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, the 2-69, commanded by Col. Troy Perry, is being reintegrated back into the brigade.
And just in time as the brigade starts packing up for its redeployment to Fort Benning.
During its deployment, the unit has conducted 3,494 combat patrols, 605 route clearance missions, 707 combined patrols with members of the Iraqi Security Forces, found 69 improvised explosive devices and explosively formed projectiles, and seized 19 weapons caches as of the end of March.
Despite being a separate battalion attached to other brigades, Maj. Dean Bushnell, the 2-69's executive officer, said the unit was never treated as the "odd balls."
On FOB Rustimiyah, there were many units that were detached from their brigade, he explained.
FOB Rustimiyah is in close proximity to FOB Hammer, where 3rd Brigade headquarters is located. An approximate 30-minute convoy can easily move soldiers between the two bases.
"We've stayed connected the entire time to the brigade," Bushnell said. "We've participated in commanders meetings and our soldiers have been recognized by the brigade."