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Archives: Aug. 2010

Aug.
10th

Lewis-McChord has new deputy commander

There’s a new No. 2 general at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Now let’s see how long it takes for the Army to name a new No. 1.

Brig. Gen. Lloyd Miles was welcomed as the new I Corps deputy commanding general at a ceremony last Thursday at Lewis-McChord. Miles most recently served as director of the Iraq Training and Advisory Team for U.S. Forces. He also previously deployed to Iraq as commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division out of Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Meanwhile, the interim I Corps commander, Maj. Gen. John Johnson, will continue to keep the

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Aug.
6th

Nation’s top military officer coming to Lewis-McChord

A VIP comes to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday when Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, arrives to meet with soldiers and other service members. He also will also visit the base’s Warrior Transition Battalion, where injured and wounded soldiers live and prepare for their next phase of life.

The News Tribune plans to cover Mullen’s town-hall style meeting with about 1,000 service members from units across the base, scheduled for 90 minutes Monday morning.

Mullen is the 17th chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. This marks the second time he has visited the local

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Aug.
6th

Stryker brigade returns: Two down, one to go

Another of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Stryker brigades has returned from combat, but for a few soldiers in the trail party. That means two of the three brigades are home.

More than 200 soldiers with the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division reunited with their loved ones at the local base early Friday. Among those getting the welcome wagon was the command team, including Col. Dave E. Funk and Command Sgt. Major Alan D. Bjerke.

In what was its third tour of Iraq since the war began, the 3rd Brigade and its nearly 4,000 soldiers deployed in August 2009 to

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Aug.
4th

Four fallen artillerymen honored today

UPDATE: We have since covered this event; you can read it here.

Four fallen soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be memorialized at the base’s North Chapel today at 3 p.m.

The four who died in the July 24 bombing in southern Afghanistan were Staff Sgt. Conrad A. Mora, 24, of San Diego, Calif;, Sgt. Daniel Lim, 23, of Cypress, Calif.; Spc. Joseph A. Bauer, 27, of Cincinnati, Ohio; and Spc. Andrew L. Hand, 25, of Enterprise, Ala.

They were part of a detachment of soldiers from the 17th Fires Brigade sent to Afghanistan last October. The

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Aug.
2nd

Award-winning war documentary coming to Tacoma

Look for a war documentary with a lot of advance buzz to make its local premiere this weekend at the Grand Cinema in downtown Tacoma. Some have compared it to “The Hurt Locker,” but without actors. And it’s about Afghanistan, not Iraq.

The 94-minute film is called “Restrepo,” named for a 15-man U.S. military outpost in the rugged Korengal Valley of Eastern Afghanistan, which in turn was named for an American medic, Pfc. Juan Sebastian “Doc” Restrepo, who was killed in action three summers ago.

“Restrepo” won the the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival.

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