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Published April 17th, 2014 - 12:48PM
Their mission: to raise money for Vietnam veterans who want to return to this southeast Asian country for the first time since the war but can’t afford to make the trip.
Published April 16th, 2014 - 8:01PM
The lifetimes that brought a group of injured and wounded soldiers to a Joint Base Lewis-McChord writing program this spring contained the makings for many screenplays.
Published April 15th, 2014 - 9:11PM
Thurston County search and rescue crews have found the body of a JBLM soldier who went missing in Capitol Forest Sunday night. Chris Dombroski, 20, was found dead about 10 a.m. Tuesday, in an area of Capitol Peak near where his motorcycle had been found just hours earlier.
Published April 15th, 2014 - 9:10PM
A former Bonney Lake man will receive the Medal of Honor for his valor fighting in Afghanistan’s Nuristan province, the White House announced Tuesday. President Barack Obama will present the award to former Army Sgt. Kyle White on May 13 at a White House ceremony.
Published April 15th, 2014 - 6:43AM
Facing homelessness, Pam Busenius gave her Iraq War veteran husband an ultimatum: Call the Department of Veterans Affairs and get help for post-traumatic stress disorder, or Pam would take their two kids and leave him.
Published April 13th, 2014 - 10:01PM
Edward Lychik, who plans to run the Boston Marathon, says his new leg is a "tool for me to inspire others."
Published April 13th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs say they're catching up with a backlog of disability retirements that accumulated during the wars. In the meantime, some wounded soldiers face lengthy delays in leaving the Army.
Published April 12th, 2014 - 8:26PM
After nearly nine years, members of the JBLM Bettie Brigade have a place of their own, and it’s called the Bettie Bunker.
Published April 11th, 2014 - 9:01PM
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets camped out at Lewis-McChord this weekend for an annual event that gives them a close-up look at military life. The students sleep in barracks, eat at Army dining facilities and exercise with soldiers in the mornings.
Published April 10th, 2014 - 9:20PM
The Army specialist who killed three soldiers at Fort Hood last week isn’t the only person from the neighborhoods that surround the massive military base near Killeen, Texas, who’s been evaluated or diagnosed with mental illness.
Published April 10th, 2014 - 9:01PM
Pierce County will not conduct an inquest into the officer-involved shooting death of a former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier and Afghanistan war veteran who was killed last month at his University Place apartment.
Published April 9th, 2014 - 4:46PM
All three of the active-duty soldiers who have received the Medal of Honor for bravery in Afghanistan are now assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Published April 9th, 2014 - 11:05AM
Army Pacific commander tells conference that the DOD has added 16,000 ground troops to bases from Alaska to Washington to South Korea
Published April 9th, 2014 - 10:41AM
Two Georgia-based Rangers were recognized for their bravery in attacking a suspected insurgent hideout in a battle that killed them and two other soldiers Oct. 5.
Published April 8th, 2014 - 10:58AM
The 16th Combat Aviation Brigade expects to spend the rest of the year in Afghanistan supporting ground units from air fields in southern and western provinces.
Published April 7th, 2014 - 12:05AM
After flying helicopters in Vietnam for 30 months, Perry Parks couldn’t stop the panicked dreams.
Published April 4th, 2014 - 12:59PM
The Department of Veterans Affairs Seattle headquarters paid out $5.16 million in 14 wrongful death settlements between 2001 and 2011, according to a national accounting of VA claims compiled by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 7:13AM
Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law several measures Wednesday that aim to help veterans in Washington.
Published April 3rd, 2014 - 12:05AM
Three Afghanistan veterans whose battlefield bravery earned them the nation’s highest military honor received new recognition Wednesday when their names were unveiled on the state Capitol’s Medal of Honor monument.
Published April 2nd, 2014 - 9:59PM
Three Afghanistan veterans whose battlefield bravery earned them the nation’s highest military honor received new recognition Wednesday when their names were unveiled on the state Capitol’s Medal of Honor monument.
Published April 2nd, 2014 - 9:58AM
Capt. William Swenson, Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry and Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter will have their names added today (April 2) to the Evergreen State's Medal of Honor monument.
Published April 2nd, 2014 - 8:09AM
Dozens of Army doctors and nurses experienced in keeping combat-wounded soldiers alive in war zones tested themselves Tuesday against an almost unthinkable disaster at home.
Published April 1st, 2014 - 7:45AM
Maj. Nate Conkey can’t remember exactly how he got the scar between his eyes. It could have been some combination of the countless times he broke his nose playing rugby on Army teams.
Published March 27th, 2014 - 10:46PM
For a second consecutive year, the Freedom Fair air show on Tacoma’s waterfront will be an all-civilian affair. Despite attempts to secure military demonstrations, the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration will be bereft of active duty jet fighters, bombers and helicopters.
Published March 27th, 2014 - 6:23PM
The family of the former Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier shot to death last week by a sheriff’s deputy has filed a request for an independent review of the incident, known as a coroner’s inquest, the family’s attorney said.
Published March 26th, 2014 - 8:25PM
Herb Tollefson spent 25 of his 95 years helping transform a pre-World War II Army Air Corps bomber from a “pile of corroded metal” into something that looks ready for takeoff at McChord Air Field.
Published March 26th, 2014 - 10:46AM
Top U.S. military officers in the Asia-Pacific said Tuesday that budget cuts could hurt the ability of American forces to respond to a security crisis, including on the Korean peninsula.
Published March 26th, 2014 - 12:05AM
As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been warned not to shop in any of them.
Published March 25th, 2014 - 2:55PM
Washington’s senior lawmaker on defense issues today prodded his colleagues in Congress to show they’re serious about preventing major cuts to the active-duty Army by freeing up money to pay for the ground force they say they want.
Published March 25th, 2014 - 12:04PM
Washington in 2011 became one of the first two states to create a Homeland Response Force for natural and man-made disasters
Published March 24th, 2014 - 3:33PM
Brian McLeod was shot late Friday by a sheriff's deputy who saw him raise a shotgun as he emerged from an apartment. The deputy remains on leave while McLeod's family begins its own investigation into the incident.
Published March 21st, 2014 - 1:40PM
Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 16th Combat Aviation Brigade is deploying to support ground forces in southern and western Afghanistan.
Published March 20th, 2014 - 2:58PM
Updated rules forbid sleeve tattoos, require commanders to document body art so soldiers can be grandfathered in to new policy.
Published March 19th, 2014 - 8:57PM
Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s new top general foresees a couple of steady years for the military in the South Sound before another round of downsizing could take a toll.
Published March 18th, 2014 - 7:01AM
The Army and Air Force at Joint Base Lewis-McChord teamed up Monday for a mission they consider routine in war zones but rare at home: Packing 20-ton Stryker vehicles on cargo jets and taking them on a flight.
Published March 16th, 2014 - 12:05AM
Hundreds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers are heading to Afghanistan this spring to control the country’s southern and western skies in what could be the war’s final days.
Published March 14th, 2014 - 10:34PM
There was a divorce, or so Jenelle Burke allegedly said. Thinking he no longer was married, her husband started paying child support for the couple’s three young children and began planning a wedding with his girlfriend.
Published March 14th, 2014 - 10:26PM
Inactivating the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division is JBLM's main contribution to the Army's post-Iraq drawdown. It's 3,200 remaining soldiers are on their way to other units or civilian careers.
Published March 13th, 2014 - 7:08PM
Watery-eyed soldiers poured out of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord gas chamber coughing and cursing until they could clear their lungs.
Published March 12th, 2014 - 2:21PM
About 100 female soldiers have taken new positions in JBLM combat units since the Defense Department moved last year to open more jobs to women. More positions are expected to open through 2016, including in Special Operations.
Published March 12th, 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 March 9th, 2014 - 2:00AM
More than 44 years after his plane was lost in combat during the Vietnam War, U.S. Air Force Capt. Douglas David Ferguson is coming home. Remains of the Tacoma native, found in Laos several months ago, have been positively identified by the U.S. military Central Identification Laboratory in Hawaii.
Published March 9th, 2014 - 1:05AM
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 8th, 2014 - 12:05AM
A well-timed bear hug from a Vietnam veteran persuaded Jonathan Wicks to put down the gun he’d raised to his head and start seeking therapy for the post-traumatic stress he developed after serving in Iraq.
Published March 7th, 2014 - 3:15PM
The Army Reserve has released the identity of a soldier who died Thursday at the Yakima Training Center.
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