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The Army plans to build a $33.6 million National Guard readiness center in Pierce County that would handle some training exercises once performed at the historic Tacoma Armory, three South Sound congressmen announced Wednesday.
The National Guard might select a site outside of Tacoma for the readiness center it plans to build, a National Guard spokeswoman said.
Nate Evans had three children depending on him and held down a good job running a hyperbaric chamber at a hospital.
Last November an independent audit of the Military Retirement Fund uncovered a “significant deficiency” in the way the Defense Finance and Accounting Service has been calculating retired pay for about 15 percent of 370,000 retirees who are under a “High-3” retired pay formula.
Tacoma and Lakewood are laying plans to embrace troops at Joint Base Lewis-McChord with separate military parades in August and September.
Thousands of civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will take unpaid days off on 11 straight Fridays in July, August and September part of a plan intended to concentrate the impacts of Pentagon-mandated furloughs to a single day of the week.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord is getting a $3.5 million grant from the Defense Department to preserve sensitive prairie land and offset some of the environmental effects of military training, the Pentagon announced last week.
A team of senior Washington National Guard soldiers is preparing to leave soon for a mission in Jordan and Kuwait, where the soldiers will serve as military liaisons to the Middle Eastern nations.
The House Armed Services Committee has ignored warnings from the Joint Chiefs, the secretary of defense and, this week, from the most influential defense think tanks in Washington by approving a fiscal 2014 defense authorization bill that does little to nothing to trim personnel costs.
Sgt. Luke Cifka left for Afghanistan this past spring determined to return home to his wife and infant son. He's back in the states with family, but not in the way he wanted.
On June 6, 1944, Raymond Carreau was a 23-year-old helping sink his vessel off the coast of Normandy amid enemy fire.
The VA had more than 770,000 disability compensation claims pending as of June 1, and the department has been in the spotlight for weeks amid its promises to expedite its sluggish decision-making process. The department said that by 2015, all claims should be decided in 125 days or fewer with an error rate of 2 percent, goals it’s far from realizing. And if it’s going to reach those goals, there’s a pressing problem to overcome: a tendency to lose or otherwise mishandle veterans’ records.
Army Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, a Green Beret who died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, was remembered affectionately Wednesday as the unquiet professional.
One by one, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named each of the 16 Afghan civilians he slaughtered last year. But the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier could not explain why he turned his weapon on sleeping women and children.
Staff Sgt. Robert Bales today is expected to confess to murdering 16 Afghan civilians during his deployment to Kandahar Province last year with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade in the hopes of securing a plea agreement that would spare him the death penalty.
Stryker brigade Commander Col. Barry Huggins jokes that the soldiers just coming into his charge arent getting the full Huggins now that hes at the tail end of a three-year assignment leading troops and deploying with them to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s next 10 months could well determine the strength of the country’s government after U.S. forces complete their expected drawdown in 2014, said U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, who just returned from his first visit to the war zone as a U.S. congressman.
The militarys summer shuffle of command assignments is shaking up a few of the top posts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
In 2001, the year U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, 983 veterans began to draw disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for sleep apnea, a disorder linked to obesity and characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep that can cause chronic drowsiness.
Former Marine Cpl. Angela Arellano of Tumwater was among those who spoke at a news conference Friday in Seattle supporting Sen. Patty Murrays effort to reform the way the military responds to sexual assault complaints.
The cases of Staff Sgt. Robert Bales and another soldier court-martialed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord this year add to the U.S. military's track record of reluctance to use the death penalty on defendants whose crimes were committed in a combat zone.
Sgt. Erik Neuenschwander lowered his standards on what makes a good bed after he spent a morning climbing an icy mountain with a backpack full of Army satellite equipment.
The rain didnt deter those who came to watch Monday's ceremony in DuPont, or the scores of runners who gathered for the citys annual Run for the Fallen.
Before the officers stepped inside her home to say her Army pilot husband was dead in a training accident, Kryste Buoniconti had a thought she could not bear to speak. Losing her husband, Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank Buoniconti, meant she would have to give up Hunter, the HIV-positive baby adopted by the couple just a few months earlier.
Even as defense budgets drop and the Joint Chiefs urge Congress to spread some of the fiscal pain across personnel accounts, the House armed services subcommittee on military personnel has said “No.”
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