They’re expecting more than 30,000 people – including the president, the secdef and long list of other VIPs – to show up Saturday to dedicate the colossal new Air Force Memorial in Arlington, Va. The $30 million, James Ingo Freed-designed soaring concrete and steel spires will give the Air Force its long-awaited monument in the Washington D.C. area – until now it was the only service without one.
Last week’s batch of homecomings at Fort Lewis will be followed by two more big flights on Monday.
&bull About 250 soldiers from the 29th Signal Battalion will return after a year running the U.S. military communications networks in northern Iraq. They also rocked the walk-in gate at Forward Operating Base Diamondback — aka Mosul Airfield –- and did some security work at Camp Victory in Baghdad. The remaining 300 or so 29th Signal joes will return over the next few weeks, Fort Lewis officials said.
&bull About 160 from the 14th Engineer Battalion also return.
Sgt. Ricky Clousing, the war objector from Sumner, was sentenced Thursday in an Army courtroom at Fort Bragg. The judge gave him 11 months; he agreed to serve three in exchange for his guilty plea for going absent without leave.
The White River Valley Museum in Auburn is featuring a collection of 40 World War II-era U.S. government propaganda posters through Jan. 21.
At a lecture tonight — Friday, Oct. 13 — the exhibit curator Michelle Marshmann and political scientist Lloyd Jansen, both of Green River Community College, will compare the politics and propaganda of the World War II era with that of the war in Iraq. Open house begins at 5 p.m., with the lecture to follow at 7 p.m. The museum is located at Les Gove Park,
Meant to do this one a while ago: Tom Ricks’ “Fiasco” should be on your reading list. But don’t look for much there about Fort Lewis-based units, including the two Stryker brigades that were in Iraq during the period covered in the book.
There is one reference to the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and Task Force Olympia – and not by name. And it was only in the context of Ricks’ homage to then-101st Airborne Division boss Maj. Gen. David Petraeus‘ handling of Mosul. On page 232, Ricks wrote:
The insurgents that Fort Lewis Stryker troops are fighting in Mosul have apparently turned their attention on women – specifically, the wives and daughters of Iraqi government officials. That’s the report in a story this past weekend by an al-Jazeera correspondent in the city.
Our Reader Representative received a couple of e-mails today from folks who were upset that we published a story Sunday about the death of an as-yet unidentified Stryker soldier the day before in Mosul. The readers said they were offended that we ran a story before all members of the soldier’s family were notified, and before the Department of Defense released the soldier’s name.
The Reader Rep asked me for help with her response.
First, we appreciate and sympathize with the readers’ concerns. As Sean Cockerham noted in his blog, we do not want to be