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The collapse of a bridge on Interstate 5 in Skagit County is one more reason Western Washington residents will need to plan ahead for their Memorial Day weekend travels.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that the number of civilian and military employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has increased by almost 64 percent since 2006, a pace that marked the fifth-fastest clip for any domestic military installation.
The U.S. military has faced two epidemics over the last decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the furlough of 680,000 civilian employees for one day a week, from early July through September, to avoid taking deeper cuts in training and maintenance that could have degraded readiness to the point of threatening “core missions,” he said.
An injured soldier from Castle Rock met one of his last goals as he prepares to leave the Army when he cleaned up at the Warrior Games this month, earning two medals in the annual athletic competition for veterans.
An Army judge on Thursday handed down the toughest sentence he could give to a soldier who murdered five fellow service members at a Baghdad combat stress clinic.
A new report from the Government Accountability Office shows that the number of civilian and military employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord increased by almost 64 percent since 2006, a pace that marked the fourth-fastest clip for any domestic military installation.
To his fellow Green Berets, Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom had a wildcard personality, keeping his friends guessing about his next practical joke while he pursued his quest for perfection as an elite Special Operator.
A Tacoma doctor and a medical ethics advocacy group are petitioning the Defense Department to halt exercises at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in which airmen use live animals for training.
Thousands of Defense Department employees in Pierce and Thurston counties are still facing the likelihood of unpaid time off this summer, but not as much as the Pentagon initially proposed.
Army Sgt. John Russell was found guilty Monday of the premeditated murder of five fellow servicemen in 2009 at a mental health clinic in Iraq, a charge that carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
AIRWAY HEIGHTS — Some big decisions that could help decide the future of Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base are expected soon.
The court-martial of Army Sgt. John Russell concluded Saturday with a military judge asked to decide whether the 14-year Army veteran was deluded by depression and despair as he shot five fellow service members in Iraq, or was executing a calculated plan of revenge against psychiatrists who had blocked his hopes for an early exit from the Army.
Base commissaries are facing turbulent times as staff vacancies swell under a federal hiring freeze, employee furloughs remain a worry, and the Defense Commissary Agency digests budget guidance for fiscal 2015 that will force new efficiencies on stores and, possibly, deeper cuts to store operations.
Hundreds of Army officers and senior enlisted soldiers were given a pep talk Thursday from a coaching legend, as Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski paid a visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Sgt. John Russell had two meetings with the same psychiatrist before he killed five fellow military service members at a Baghdad combat stress clinic four years ago.
WASHINGTON — Sexual assaults in the military are a growing epidemic across the services, and thousands of victims are still unwilling to come forward, despite a slew of new oversight and assistance programs, according to Pentagon documents.
Sgt. Dominic Morales still hears an “evil chuckle” in his nightmares. He remembers it as the frightening laugh of Sgt. John Russell just before he shot an unarmed soldier in the face inside a Baghdad combat stress clinic four years ago.
Sgt. Dominic Morales still hears an “evil chuckle” in his nightmares. He remembers it as the frightening laugh Sgt. John Russell emitted just before he shot another helpless, unarmed soldier in the face inside a Baghdad combat stress clinic four years ago.
There’s no question Sgt. John Russell killed five of his fellow military service members four years ago at a Baghdad combat stress clinic. He already pleaded guilty to shooting a Navy commander and four soldiers in the worst case of fratricide of the Iraq War.
The sergeant who pleaded guilty to killing five fellow U.S. service members at a Baghdad military mental health clinic is back in court today to fight the Armys contention that he murdered his victims with premeditation.
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Green Beret who followed his father into the Army’s Special Forces died Thursday at a military hospital in Germany from wounds he sustained in Afghanistan last week.
The Defense Department today identified a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Green Beret who died Thursday at a military hospital Germany from wounds he sustained last week in Afghanistan.
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has died from wounds he suffered in Afghanistan, his family in Texas reported to local media this week.
Army recruit Sarah Bower stood in formation with about 150 of the military’s newest service members Wednesday night and swore an oath to serve her country.
Whats 15 months in jail compared to a lifetime without Neil Turner? Leland Turner and Charlotte Cox-Turner of Tacoma are weighing that question now that theyve returned from a court-martial in Texas where a soldier pleaded guilty to killing their son.
Filmmaker Dan Krauss obtained unrivaled access to three Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers who in 2011 were convicted of murdering Afghan civilians during their deployment to Kandahar Province. His documentary looking at how the soldiers changed from patriotic troops to notorious members of a so-called kill team last week won first place in its category at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Sgt. Josh Andrew is on the cusp of big changes at home and in his career. The Washington state soldier is preparing for a second baby even as the injured veteran looks to leave the Army by the end of this summer.
Spc. Egbert Keil used to sing backup while his friend strummed a guitar at their small combat outpost in southern Afghanistan. Sgt. Sapuro Nena had the better voice, and sang lead.
Military folks upset by Obama administration proposals to cap pay raises, to phase-in sharply higher co-pays on prescriptions filled off base and to raise Tricare costs on working-age retirees also tend to rail against such changes with arguments politicians can shrug off as stale or in error.
A soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been charged with raping his girlfriend after she passed out during a night of drinking.
Joint Base Lewis-McChord went Hollywood on Wednesday night as the base hosted a premiere of Iron Man 3. More than 900 service members and guests were treated to the movie for free as part of a marketing push involving the Army and Air Force Exchange Service, Marvel Comics and Skype.
Attorneys for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians last spring are five weeks from a deadline for declaring whether they intend to use a mental health defense at his court-martial.
Sgt. John Russell returned to a Baghdad combat stress clinic "in a rage," seeking out the doctor who he believed had encouraged him to commit suicide that day. He didnt see the doctor, but he attacked the clinic nonetheless.
A soldier who faced the death penalty on charges he killed five service members at a military mental health clinic in Baghdad reached a plea agreement with the Army last week and is expected in court Monday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
A high-profile Army Medical Command task force charged with improving the health care atmosphere among patients and staff was shut down late last year after an investigation found that it created a “toxic and intimidating working environment” in its own ranks.
Rahm Emanuel, while serving as President Obama’s first chief of staff, once advised not to let a “crisis go to waste” because that’s when politicians will do things they otherwise wouldn’t.
A new Madigan Army Medical Center clinic will open today in Olympia to give military families in Thurston County easier access to health care.
Staff Sgt. Brian Guzman is the kind of guy who’d rather sit at the back of the room than be on a stage. He joined Army Special Forces to let his work speak for itself, not to get the public’s admiration.
Trying once more to get military compensation costs “under control,” the Obama administration has asked Congress to cap annual active duty and reserve component pay raises and to phase in over four years a complex formula for raising Tricare fees on retirees of all ages and their families.
The U.S. Department of Labor is hosting a job fair for former military service members Friday at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ American Lake site.
With the backlog of compensa-tion claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs having ballooned in recent years, one would expect major veterans service organizations to be among the VA’s harshest critics.
Coffee Strong is getting out of its namesake business.
Smoking-cessation drugs now are available at no charge through the Tricare Mail Order Program for service members, military family members and retirees younger than 65 who want to kick this unhealthy habit.
A road-improvement project beginning next week could cause delays over the next two months for drivers who cut through Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Interstate 5 from Spanaway
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