It has been a tough couple of weeks for the local military community.
Seven soldiers were killed in Afghanistan, including six from Fort Lewis’ 5th Stryker Brigade. Our front page Saturday carried two stories about the war coming home to our local communities. Reporter Brent Champaco, photographer Lui Kit Wong and I were at the funeral of 1st Sgt. Jose S.N. Crisostomo of Spanaway. And reporter Steve Maynard talked to the parents of Pfc. Dennis M. Williams, a Federal Way native killed when a roadside bomb detonated near his Stryker.
Our executive editor, Karen Peterson, used her weekly column to weigh in on our policy of covering war dead.
There was plenty of other local links over the weekend, many related to the four 5/2 soldiers killed last week.
5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
One family reels at the loss of Fort Lewis soldier, 24 [Seattle Times]
Fallen soldier worried about lack of equipment [KOMO-TV]
Mesa soldier killed while serving others [East valley Tribune]
Our Opinion: Support those in harm’s way [St. Joseph News-Press]
Washington National Guard:
Stepping Up and Moving Out [DVIDS]
555th Engineer Brigade:
Ramadan Kareem [DVIDS]
191st Infantry Brigade:
Division West to uncase colors at Fort Hood [Army Times]
Naval Base Kitsap
Navy Offers Some Extra Help for its ‘Exceptional’ Families [Kitsap Sun]