Military Newsletter


Connector road on JBLM could bring some relief to I-5 congestion

A two-lane road, set to open in early 2015, will take as many as 500 drivers a day off the freeway.

Work started in May on a two-lane road that will connect McChord Field with the Joint Base Lewis-McChord main gate. The road will span over railroad tracks and Perimeter Road and is set to open the end of January 2015.

JBLM airman receives Silver Star for heroic actions on the ground

Tech. Sgt. Matthew McKenna, a U.S. Air Force combat controller from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, prevented what could have been several casualties by...

Technical Seargent Matthew McKenna, third from left, a member of the Air Force's 22nd Special Tactics Squadron at JBLM relaxes and jokes with fellow airmen and family after he received the Silver Star during a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday, Aug. 18, 2014 . McKenna, a combat controller deployed with a Army Special Forces unit in Afghanistan, helped direct airstrikes on insurgents during a ambush and a 13-hour battle in Sept. 2013 despite being exposed to withering machine gun fire and rocket propelled grenades.

Tacoma parade celebrates the military

Organizers would have liked a bigger crowd, but several thousand people showed their appreciation for the troops Saturday.

Andrew Pecunia, 8, playing the flute, and little sister Ainsley, 4, from Yorktown NY, marched alongside retired Army lieutenant colonel Bob O'Neal Tacoma, color guard commander of the Sons of the American Revolution SaturdayThe Pecunia kid's mom, Anne, grew up in Tacoma and the family were visiting on vacation.

TNT journalist sees a different Baghdad behind a facade of sameness

News Tribune military reporter gives a first-person account as Iraq faces a dire situation.

Reporter Adam Ashton in front of the National Theater last week in Baghdad. Ashton is in Baghdad to report for McClatchy Newspaper’s Iraq bureau.

JBLM helicopter squadron is shut down, at least for now

Aviators who fly Kiowa aircraft expect to be retrained on Apache attack helicopters.

Command Sgt. Maj. Stanley Williams, center, folds up the 4-6 Attack Reconnaissance Squadron's flag during the inactivation and colors casing ceremony at JBLM on Thursday. The 7th Infantry Division's Col. Paul Bontrager, left, holds the flag while Lt. Col. Brian Watkins helps during colors casing.