Army Reserve engineers end Iraq tour supporting troops in Afghanistan

CAMP PHOENIX, Afghanistan - Soldiers deploying to support two wars in
one year doesn't happen often, but Soldiers of the 367th Engineer
Battalion and 492nd Engineer Company, both of the U.S. Army Reserve,
have supported Soldiers in Iraq and Kuwait, and are now supporting
servicemembers in Afghanistan.

Initially mobilized to help sustain construction projects for the
drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, these vertical engineers have taken on
a new mission to finish construction projects in Afghanistan to provide
more permanent-living space for troops within the Kabul Base Cluster
(KBC) in the capital region.

"The biggest reason this mission is important is that housing is a very
limited commodity within the KBC and there are a lot of troops that need
to move in to accomplish missions; there just isn't the permanent
housing available right now," said Capt. Joel Welter, 367th deputy of
operations.

"We want to move people into these buildings and out of tents before
winter sets in."

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