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Published March 6th, 2014 - 12:44PM
Nearly 1 in 5 U.S. soldiers had a common mental illness, such as depression, panic disorder or ADHD, before enlisting in the Army, according to a new study that raises questions about the military's assessment and screening of recruits.
Published March 6th, 2014 - 11:32AM
A run honoring Pat Tillman, a former NFL Player who died as an Army Ranger fighting in Afghanistan, is scheduled for April 26 at Tacoma’s Thea Park.
Published March 5th, 2014 - 9:33AM
The U.S. Navy is seeking to renew permits to conduct sonar, explosives and other training exercises off the Washington, Oregon and California coasts, raising concerns from marine mammal advocates.
Published March 4th, 2014 - 10:47PM
Pentagon budget would shrink Army, cut National Guard and fund no new construction at JBLM. It steers $173 million to Puget Sound Navy installations, and $3.6 billion to Boeing jets built in Renton and Everett.
Published March 4th, 2014 - 1:39PM
Navy fighter jet passed through North Tacoma, surprising residents who are used to the hum of Air Force jets over their houses.
Published March 4th, 2014 - 10:39AM
The Puget Sound’s senior lawmaker on military issues views Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s $496 billion proposed budget as a “zero sum game” that reflects hard choices in a time of postwar belt-tightening. “Going forward, we’re going to have to live within the budget we have," said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue.
Published March 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Rally Point 6 partners veterans and military families with "scouts" who help them accomplish goals in the civilian world and unlock benefits they've earned. It helped about 200 people over the past year before it opened its headquarters on Bridgeport Way.
Published March 3rd, 2014 - 2:15PM
Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division has a tough month of drills at the Yakima Training Center. They're trying to stay warm while working out in the field.
Published March 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Washington state’s first military affairs director, Kristine Reeves, knows she can’t stop the Pentagon budget cuts that will soon ripple across the country.
Published February 27th, 2014 - 5:41PM
Some relatives of 30 U.S. troops killed when their aircraft was shot down in Afghanistan remain unsatisfied. The crash killed a 24-year-old sergeant from Tacoma.
Published February 27th, 2014 - 3:48PM
12-city coffeehouse tour concludes this weekend with stops in Olympia, Seattle and Everett
Published February 25th, 2014 - 4:13PM
Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders' VA reform bill includes provisions that would expand fertility services, offer more programs for sex assault victims and extend job training programs
Published February 25th, 2014 - 2:08PM
Madigan Army Medical Center today unveiled an expanded sleep treatment facility to help doctors diagnose patients who can’t get enough rest.
Published February 24th, 2014 - 5:07PM
Budget proposal would have repercussions in Washington state, in part because it would trim service members' benefits.
Published February 23rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
A Vietnam veteran living in Olympia is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs two years after a severe bacterial infection he developed while receiving care at the system’s Seattle hospital led to the amputation of his right leg.
Published February 20th, 2014 - 9:52PM
Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jason Allen got a tongue-in-cheek warning from fellow Army mechanics when he told them he wanted to work on Stryker infantry vehicles at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Published February 20th, 2014 - 1:36PM
Kevin Shakely told a Sacramento TV station he was an honorably discharged Iraq and Afghanistan veteran. In fact, he spent six days at Fort Lewis in 2004 before deserting and spending nine years on the run.
Published February 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
FORT IRWIN, Calif. – Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 19-ton Stryker vehicles made their mark early in the Iraq War as speedy “tactical taxis” hauling soldiers to hot spots a couple years after they started coming off the assembly line.
Published February 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
It took only about 30 minutes at the Army’s massive training center in the Mojave Desert for Sgt. 1st Class Jesse Reyes to see a different threat than he’d faced in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Published February 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Spending a month in the Mojave Desert without a shower or a flushing toilet is nobody’s idea of a good time. But for the Army, there are few better places to put soldiers through the wringer of a demanding, combat-like experience.
Published February 14th, 2014 - 12:27PM
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was federally charged Friday with aggravated sexual abuse of a child for allegedly repeatedly raping a young family member and posting sexual photographs of the child online.
Published February 13th, 2014 - 9:52PM
After 10 minutes of intense fighting, the two Green Berets thought they and their teammates had turned back the Taliban fighters who breached the defenses of their base in a brazen attack last summer.
Published February 13th, 2014 - 11:27AM
Robert Gates is the only defense secretary to hold that office under two presidents from different parties. He's critical of modern politics in his autobiography, "Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War."
Published February 12th, 2014 - 3:55PM
Some troops have had trouble accessing capped interest rates and lease protections because they cannot provide formal military orders to show their status.
Published February 12th, 2014 - 3:10PM
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of raping a young girl and sending photographs of the abuse to others.
Published February 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
When he went to Afghanistan last year, Lt. Daniel T. Jones was driven by duty — his Washington National Guard unit was deployed with the Army Corps of Engineers.
Published February 11th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier pleaded guilty Monday to charges he solicited and received sexually explicit images of a West Virginia teenager while stationed at the South Sound base.
Published February 8th, 2014 - 3:10PM
Pvt. Reymon Tolentino served in the rear detachment for the 22nd Engineer Clearance Company, which still has soldiers in Afghanistan
Published February 6th, 2014 - 7:59PM
The Army on Thursday put on a show illustrating Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s new ties to Pacific allies. It was part of the goodbye ceremony for the commander who spent much of the past two years readying South Sound soldiers for fresh challenges as the war in Afghanistan ends.
Published February 5th, 2014 - 3:04PM
U.S. Central Command rejected requests to release an investigation into Bales' leadership five months after the Kandahar killer was sentenced to life in prison
Published February 4th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Give Lt. Gen. Robert Brown a room full of young Army officers eager to learn from a three-star general, and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander might just bring up all the times he thinks he’s failed in uniform.
Published February 3rd, 2014 - 5:58PM
Midway through her deployment to Afghanistan last year, Col. Theresa Schneider got some good news: The Army wanted her and about 60 other soldiers from her Joint Base Lewis-McChord medical headquarters to return home in time for Christmas.
Published February 3rd, 2014 - 4:44PM
Wells Fargo in 2013 donated 86 properties to veterans through a $30 million military program it created the previous year.
Published January 31st, 2014 - 9:31PM
Sgt. 1st Class Troy Christy is getting a lot of mileage out of the 12th Man flag he brought on his overseas deployment with the Washington National Guard.
Published January 31st, 2014 - 8:54PM
If you drive Interstate 5 from Lacey to Tacoma and have a Bluetooth device, chances are you’re going to be tracked in the next couple of weeks.
Published January 30th, 2014 - 12:22PM
World War II veterans Carl Paul and Herb Tollefson recently connected at the Department of Veterans Affairs American Lake campus after being featured separately in The News Tribune.
Published January 28th, 2014 - 4:58PM
A December 2011 accident claimed the lives of four JBLM helicopter pilots. The Army is buying new radar sensors that could help prevent a similar collision.
Published January 24th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord are working the kinks out of aging Stryker vehicles while preparing for a new kind of mission, one that would call on the eight-wheeled Strykers to face formidable armies instead of the elusive insurgencies of the past dozen years of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 12:07PM
Twelve deaths at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in 2013 are under investigation or confirmed as suicides. Thirteen soldiers killed themselves in each of the previous two years.
Published January 17th, 2014 - 12:05AM
At 101, Carl Paul still likes to do things for himself. He’s a strong-willed World War II veteran who parachuted into Sicily with the 82nd Airborne Division, offered comfort to liberated inmates at a Nazi prison camp and built a sprawling ranch in Idaho where he raised a family with a wife he met overseas during the war.
Published January 15th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Guthrie Turner, who broke barriers for black Army doctors and led Madigan Army Medical Center during a difficult period after the Vietnam War, died Thursday at the hospital he once commanded. He was 83.
Published January 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A one-time Fort Lewis soldier who trumped up his military experience in a TV interview last year is facing time in prison on charges that he deserted his unit and falsely claimed to be a combat veteran.
Published January 12th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Last month, a retired Air Force mechanic from Parkland was the talk of the Mediterranean island nation of Malta.
Published January 9th, 2014 - 9:02PM
The Army is closing some of the medical recovery units it built during the peak of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, reflecting the declining number of troops coming home with combat wounds.
Published January 9th, 2014 - 10:31AM
First Fort Lewis and McChord Air Field linked arms to make Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Now the Navy is in on the partnership, too.
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