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Archives: May 2009

May
29th

Mortuary affairs at Dover AFB

I just filed my story about a group of Air Force reservists from the 446th Airlift Wing at McChord returning from a deployment to Dover Air Force Base, where they worked in the mortuary section. Not sure when the story will run, but in the meantime, I’ve posted a photo gallery here.


Check it out when you get a chance. None are McChord guys (they didn’t bring cameras with them to work), but it offers a rare glimpse behind the scenes.

May
29th

Madigan cuts ribbon on new critical-care units

Madigan Army Medical Center opened an eight-bed specialty care unit Wednesday, the next step of a $1 million project to reduce referrals to outside hospitals and time spent in intensive care units.


Te new eight-bed unit contains a pediatric intensive care unit and an adult progressive care unit. The pediatric ICU is designed to provide critical-care services to children. The progressive care unit is for adults who require critical-care nursing but don’t quite need a stay in an intensive care unit because their injury or illness has stabilized.


The cost to get the unit started – including new

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May
29th

Tacoma to honor county’s Medal of Honor receipients

A monument memorializing Medal of Honor winners from Pierce County will be dedicated during a Memorial Day observance at Tacoma’s War Memorial Park on Saturday.


The Tacoma Historical Society and American Legion are co-hosting the event, which begins at 2 p.m. at the park near the intersection of 6th Avenue and MacArthur Street.


Eight Pierce County residents have received the Medal of Honor, all but one from service in World War II, according to a release from the Historical Society. The eighth name, Maj. Patrick H. Brady, was honored for actions in the Vietnam War.

May
28th

Special Olympics returning to McChord, Lewis

The Special Olympics are returning to Pierce County’s military installations this weekend.


More than 8,000 athletes, coaches and volunteers are expected to participate in this year’s games. Seattle Seahawks coach Jim Mora and his wife, Shannon, are the grand marshals for Friday’s opening ceremonies. Jen Mueller and Doug Dillon from Fox Sports Northwest will be the emcees.


The events include aquatics, track and field, cycling, weightlifting and soccer.

May
28th

Fallen but not forgotten

A bridge in Barrington, N.H., was named in memory of a Fort Lewis soldier who died in a training accident, Foster’s Daily Democrat reports.


From the article:


The bridge in town spanning the Isinglass River on Route 202 was renamed the Specialist Jesse Conger Memorial Bridge Monday in memory of the local man who tragically died seven years ago in an army training accident.


A special ceremony began in Pine Grove Cemetery off Route 9 Monday afternoon, where family, friends, local politicians and members of Rolling Thunder veteran’s advocacy group gathered to remember Conger and what

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May
27th

Mail to troops in Iraq flows again after dispute

Troops with the 81st Brigade Combat Team serving in Ramadi, Iraq, didn’t get their mail this week after a disagreement between Baghdad and third-party carriers that ferry some mail into the country grounded flights in Bahrain.


The backlog, though, should be completely cleared up, said Yvonne Yoerger, a spokeswoman with the U.S. Postal Service. The disruption didn’t seem to affect any one particular region of the country.


At the center of the dispute was a surcharge on commercial cargo flown by non-Iraqi airlines. Some airplanes remained grounded in Bahrain while the contractors negotiated with the Baghdad government.


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May
26th

Other charges pending in high-profile Fort Lewis cases

Two other high-profile cases involving Fort Lewis soldiers are still pending.


Spc. Ivette G. Davila is charged with murder, burglary and kidnapping following the deaths of two other Fort Lewis soldiers. Investigators said Davila shot the two soldiers, took their baby and burned their bodies with acid.


Davila has been held in confinement at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor while awaiting her Article 32 hearing. The proceeding has been delayed numerous times at the request of defense attorneys, a Fort Lewis spokesman said.


And the Army is still considering the remaining charges of conduct unbecoming an officer against

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