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Published January 6th, 2014 - 7:13AM
WASHINGTON — Oskar Zepeda has had pretty much one mission in his life: kill or capture.
Published January 6th, 2014 - 7:13AM
The Air Force is back in the business of hosting air shows with its marquee Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team, but Joint Base Lewis-McChord did not make the list to host one in 2014.
Published January 6th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The owner of a Lakewood military surplus store near Joint Base Lewis-McChord is making his third attempt to regain a business license he lost last year after he bought night-vision gear stamped as government property from an undercover sheriff’s deputy.
Published January 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
The $526.8 billion defense budget President Barack Obama signed Christmas week steers hundreds of millions of dollars to Puget Sound military installations and billions more for Boeing-made aircraft being developed here.
Published January 5th, 2014 - 12:05AM
An almost $400 million infusion into the Army’s Stryker program comes with strings attached from lawmakers who want to know more about a stockpile of unneeded replacement parts that built up at an Auburn warehouse during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
Published December 29th, 2013 - 12:05AM
In his earliest memory, Sgt. Luke Cifka recalls stumbling in front of his dad as a toddler figuring out how to put one foot in front of the other.
Published December 28th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Col. Darron Wright seemed to know everyone in the headquarters of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 7th Infantry Division. He put in long hours and had a knack for bringing out the best in the soldiers who served alongside him.
Published December 27th, 2013 - 8:12PM
About 300 Joint Base Lewis-McChord artillerymen are heading overseas for another deployment, but they’re not bound for Iraq or Afghanistan.
Published December 24th, 2013 - 7:00AM
The call of duty can take soldiers away from their family for months at a time. But this time it's not the Army keeping them distanced; it's the border between Canada and the United States.
Published December 23rd, 2013 - 12:05AM
Celia FlorCruz blazed a path for women in the military, first as a graduate of the second class at West Point to admit female cadets and later as a helicopter pilot running medical missions in the Gulf War. Now FlorCruz has an assignment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord calling on her to make the Army a better place by rooting out sexual assaults in the ranks.
Published December 20th, 2013 - 9:43PM
Paul Cusack had certain expectations about running his first Boston Marathon just a short drive from his hometown of Westwood, Mass. Then the unexpected happened.
Published December 20th, 2013 - 4:26PM
Lt. Col. Will Freds, an artillery officer stationed at Camp Casey in South Korea, got the best Christmas present he could ask for at Olympia’s Pioneer Elementary School Friday afternoon.
Published December 18th, 2013 - 9:03PM
About 900 Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members will get help with job training and other assistance to ease their transition to civilian life through a grant announced this week by the U.S. Department of Labor.
Published December 14th, 2013 - 5:39PM
When Afghan police turned their guns on JBLM soldiers, Spc. David Matakaiongo was shot six times in an attack that killed four of his fellow soldiers. Afterward, coming home to his family was just the beginning of his battle to heal.
Published December 13th, 2013 - 12:25PM
U.S. forces are drawing down their presence in Afghanistan, but helicopters remain important for protecting and moving troops in the mountainous country
Published December 12th, 2013 - 9:46PM
Military service members might be given more options to save for retirement under proposals to reform the pay and perks offered to future generations of troops. But those changes also might cull the ranks of the Pentagon's most talented men and women in uniform.
Published December 12th, 2013 - 12:24AM
Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s next Army division commander is coming to the South Sound by way of the Defense Department’s Horn of Africa headquarters in Djibouti.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 9:16PM
Big Show, all 7 feet and 441 pounds of him, gripped a can of Red Bull energy drink as if it were a thimble and took a swig. Then the professional wrestler went back to signing autographs and posing for photographs Wednesday afternoon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Published December 11th, 2013 - 11:33AM
Maj. Gen. Terry Ferrell will lead more than 20,000 soldiers in the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Published December 11th, 2013 - 11:09AM
The nine-member Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is drafting recommendations for the White House and Congress.
Published December 9th, 2013 - 7:06PM
Defense Department budget cuts lead to a creative joint training exercise, as fake fires and phony crash landings put members of the 446th Reserve Airlift Wing under stress during a JBLM training exercise.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 11:01PM
Ethel Thor did not talk much about the three years she spent in captivity as an Army nurse in World War II, nor of the Japanese attack that started it all 72 years ago this weekend.
Published December 5th, 2013 - 9:51AM
Comedian Jeff Dunham and rock band Daughtry also are visiting JBLM for WWE's holiday show. Gov. Jay Inslee is promoting the program to show off local military installations.
Published December 4th, 2013 - 5:18PM
Annual event tests emergency responders on a mix of threats, such as shootings and chemical exposures.
Published December 3rd, 2013 - 6:53AM
When the Army looks back to write its official history of America’s longest war, its authors will draw heavily from material gathered this year by a small team of soldiers from the Washington National Guard.
Published December 2nd, 2013 - 10:24AM
Two of Miranda Fort’s three children have different developmental disabilities that affect the way they relate to the world.
Published November 30th, 2013 - 4:54PM
The Army has begun correcting medical records for former Madigan Army Medical Center patients who left the military with conflicting diagnoses for behavioral health conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder.
Published November 25th, 2013 - 1:13PM
November memo ordered Army Review Board for Correction of Military records to ignore reports from a now shuttered Madigan forensic psychiatry team, clearing the way for patients to receive PTSD benefits
Published November 22nd, 2013 - 8:22PM
Capt. Luis Carlos Montalván summed up life after 17 years of military service and multiple combat tours in Iraq.
Published November 20th, 2013 - 10:36AM
The Army is inactivating the 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division as part of an overall force reduction plan. 4-2 soldiers at JBLM will be on to new places by Sept. 30, 2014 at the latest.
Published November 20th, 2013 - 9:50AM
Pacific Lutheran University, The Evergreen State College and Saint Martins University among the magazine's best colleges for veterans in Western states.
Published November 19th, 2013 - 3:57PM
Washington Democratic Sens. Murray and Cantwell have endorsed creating special victims counsel to advocate for military sex assault victims.
Published November 19th, 2013 - 11:01AM
Three years ago Joint Base Lewis-McChord wore a reputation as the “nation’s most troubled” military installation and a “base on the brink,” according to some outside media observers.
Published November 18th, 2013 - 6:54AM
WASHINGTON — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand has secured public support from nearly half the Senate, but not enough votes, for her proposal to give victims of rape and sexual assault in the military an independent route outside the chain of command for prosecuting attackers.
Published November 16th, 2013 - 7:23PM
As the medical staff gathered to watch the pregnant mother’s ultrasound, they were less focused on the baby’s image than on the father grinning from a screen as he saw his daughter’s face for the first time from his room in Afghanistan.
Published November 16th, 2013 - 4:27PM
Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera allegedly murdered two deaf Iraqi brothers while serving with the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq's Diyala Province
Published November 15th, 2013 - 8:33PM
An Army agency that sets final medical records for disabled soldiers has been ordered to disregard reports from Madigan Army Medical Center doctors under scrutiny last year for their handling of patients with post-traumatic stress disorder.
Published November 14th, 2013 - 8:19PM
Joint Base Lewis-McChord helicopters might fly over your house from time to time, but the Army has dropped a plan to send them regularly into civilian communities in Pierce and Thurston counties.
Published November 9th, 2013 - 5:37PM
Thousands of people lined Auburn’s Main Street on Saturday for the city’s annual Veterans Day Parade, a mile-long extravaganza that’s billed as the biggest such event west of the Mississippi River.
Published November 8th, 2013 - 3:41PM
A Pierce County judge calls a soldier who extorted sexually suggestive photos from minor girls "a marked danger to the community."
Published November 8th, 2013 - 2:43PM
Bradley Scott Melvin was posthumously promoted to staff sergeant. He served two tours in Iraq, as well as overseas assignments in Germany and in Kuwait.
Published November 8th, 2013 - 2:34PM
Next week's exercise will involve the C-17 cargo jets South Sound residents often see near McChord Air Field, as well as Osprey aircraft and various Army helicopters
Published November 8th, 2013 - 1:50PM
Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus recommended that the Medal of Honor nomination of former Army Capt. William Swenson be downgraded to a lower award, according to a Pentagon investigation that failed to resolve how Swenson’s papers then disappeared instead of being sent up the chain of command.
Published November 8th, 2013 - 1:50PM
Veterans Day events are scheduled through the South Sound this weekend and are listed chronologically.
Published November 7th, 2013 - 4:38PM
The lead prosecutor of Stryker brigade Staff Sgt. Robert Bales told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the case faced significant hurdles, from limited crime scene access to a drawdown of American troops from Afghanistan.
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