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Published September 16th, 2013 - 12:05AM
George Smith, a Navy veteran and Pearl Harbor survivor who for years shared memories about the day that “will live in infamy,” died Friday at his daughter’s home in Olympia. He was 89.
Published September 15th, 2013 - 1:29PM
Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Vinson has seen the world in an Army career that took him overseas to war six times. He saw something new Sunday.
Published September 13th, 2013 - 9:59AM
Lakewood's military parade on Sunday is as much a welcome home for a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker troops just back from Afghanistan as it is a farewell to them.
Published September 11th, 2013 - 9:45PM
Hundreds of Lewis-McChord soldiers are spending this month at the Yakima training grounds for Operation Rising Thunder. The annual joint exercise between American and Japanese forces is growing in scope as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan come to an end.
Published September 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Aaron Ostrum and his wife thought they got a blessing early last year when the Army reconsidered the former soldier’s mental health records and changed his diagnosis to post-traumatic stress disorder.
Published September 8th, 2013 - 12:05AM
Several hundred military members and their families converged on the Cabela’s parking lot in Lacey Saturday for the city’s 11th annual Military Family Day.
Published September 7th, 2013 - 7:32PM
Lacey's 11th annual Military Family Day draws several hundred military members and their families to an overflowing Cabela's parking lot.
Published September 6th, 2013 - 12:05AM
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord air cavalry squadron is preparing to deploy to South Korea early next month with nearly 400 soldiers and 30 helicopters, the Army said Thursday.
Published September 5th, 2013 - 3:33AM
By air and sea, Defense Department assets based in Washington state could play a role in whatever military action the Obama administration chooses if it decides to strike Syria.
Published September 4th, 2013 - 10:05AM
If the Army had to pick a soldier to turn into an action figure at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, I Corps Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell would be one of the top candidates to see his biceps turn into flexible plastic.
Published September 1st, 2013 - 9:20PM
The fate of Gladys Terry's brother after his plane disappeared during World War II was unknown to the 91-year-old woman for 70 years. And until Saturday, what happened to his Purple Heart was a mystery to her too.
Published August 31st, 2013 - 8:00PM
Nick Clark had butterflies in his stomach Saturday as he took the diamond at Cheney Stadium for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team, a traveling squad that has inspired crowds in nearly 60 cities over the past two years.
Published August 31st, 2013 - 6:52PM
Afghan security forces are increasingly in control of their country and setting conditions for the safe drawdown of U.S. troops over the next year, two Puget Sound congressmen said Saturday after returning from trips to Kabul this week.
Published August 30th, 2013 - 2:51AM
A Tacoma nonprofit has received a $1.8 million federal grant to help veterans on the brink of homelessness in Pierce County find stable housing.
Published August 28th, 2013 - 12:55PM
Warrior Forge brought more than 6,000 ROTC cadets to JBLM in 2011. They'll go to Fort Knox instead in the years ahead.
Published August 28th, 2013 - 8:29AM
Two of Washington’s senior lawmakers in Congress are concerned that a quick air strike to punish the Syrian government for using chemical weapons against its own people would draw the American military into another open-ended war, they said Wednesday.
Published August 27th, 2013 - 4:30PM
A Tacoma nonprofit has received a $1.8 million grant to help veterans on the brink of homeless in Pierce County find stable housing.
Published August 27th, 2013 - 8:11AM
On the day after his father’s death in Afghanistan, little Eric Lawson Jr. insisted he saw his dad smiling at him from a space between the trees in front of their home.
Published July 5th, 2013 - 9:36PM
Some soldiers get a slap in the face with a raw steak and the phrase “spur maggot” hurled at them when they join the cavalry. They get that treatment until they demonstrate they belong with their fellow cavalrymen by “earning their spurs” in the field.
Published May 12th, 2013 - 12:00AM
Like many other Stryker troops, the soldiers of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment spent four of the past 10 years at war. This is the second story in an occasional series following these soldiers at a time of rest and transition.
Published May 12th, 2013 - 12:00AM
Just days before the insider attack in which he was killed, Pfc. Jon Townsend sent flowers to his young wife, Brittany.
Published April 28th, 2013 - 12:00AM
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.
Published April 28th, 2013 - 12:00AM
Chaplain Capt. Rick Pak is his own best example in the stories he uses to help veteran Stryker soldiers cope with the stresses of juggling combat deployments with family lives at home.
Published April 3rd, 2013 - 6:27PM
Sgt. Joshua Perlinger didn’t have to think much about how to fix the radio equipment he brought home from his first two Afghanistan deployments. He’d hand it over to contractors who would repair or replace it. Those days are over now that Perlinger is home from his latest combat tour. The Army’s push to rein in spending has him and other Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers getting their hands greasy as they take more responsibility for maintaining gear, from small radios to 20-ton Stryker vehicles.
Published May 13th, 2012 - 4:14AM
Staff Sgt. Chris Miller smiles when he says he and his wife, Sarah, “bucked the trend” and kept their relationship together through four deployments in the past 10 years.
Published March 30th, 2012 - 12:00AM
There’s nothing like time at home between brutal combat deployments to refresh soldiers, get them fit for the next tour of duty and maybe help them save a relationship.
Published February 11th, 2012 - 7:08PM
At least the waiting is over. That’s small consolation for friends and family of 12 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldiers who spent much of the past two years ensnared in a sprawling war crimes investigation.
Published November 10th, 2011 - 3:03PM
A 26-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord sergeant was sentenced Thursday to spend the rest of his life in jail for abusing his leadership position and persuading junior soldiers to join him in plots to murder three Afghan civilians last year.
Published October 16th, 2011 - 8:45PM
Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs looked the part of the no-nonsense squad leader who’d keep his fellow soldiers alive when he joined a platoon three months after it hit the ground in Afghanistan.
Published October 16th, 2011 - 1:25PM
Col. Harry Tunnell was far removed from the war crimes that took place when his Stryker brigade was sent to war, an Army investigation concluded, but his refusal to embrace military strategy created confusion in his top ranks and frustrated commanders both here and abroad.
Published October 15th, 2011 - 1:24PM
More than 75 Afghan elders filed into a meeting with U.S. Army officers early last year to deliver a disturbing message: Soldiers patrolling villages in southern Afghanistan were out of control.
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