JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. -

A howitzer unit that fought in World War II and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan has been deactivated at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of the Army's downsizing.

The colors for the 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment were cased Wednesday in a flag ceremony.

The News Tribune reports the 350 soldiers will be reassigned to other units.

Three howitzer units remain at JBLM, one each with three Stryker brigades.