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Archives: Dec. 2010

Dec.
21st

Military law advocates support disclosing photos in Afghan killings case

Military law advocates on Monday filed a brief to support a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier’s push to force the Army to disclose photographs of an Afghan he allegedly killed in January.

Pfc. Andrew Holmes of Boise, Idaho, is one of five Stryker soldiers in the 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who are accused of murdering Afghan civilians during their deployment earlier this year.

His attorney wants the Army to release images of Afghan casualties Holmes and his platoon mates took during their patrols.

Those images have been ordered to remain concealed at Lewis-McChord’s Criminal Investigations Division out of

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Dec.
20th

C-17 fleet notches its 2 millionth hour in flight

Boeing announced today that a Dec. 10 airdrop in Afghanistan marked the 2 millionth hour in flight for its C-17 Globemaster III, the workhorse cargo plane used by the 62nd Airlift Wing and 446th Reserve Airlift Wing out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Jane’s Defence reached the milestone mission’s pilot, who said the crew delivered 74,000 pounds of food and fuel to a site “south of Kabul.”

“There’s tremendous satisfaction in knowing that in those 2 million hours, the C-17 fleet has saved countless lives around the world,” Bob Ciesla, Boeing C-17 program manager, said in a

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Dec.
17th

Lewis-McChord’s I Corps deploying to Afghanistan in 2011

The Army I Corps at Joint Base Lewis-McChord is scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan next summer, the Defense Department announced Friday.

The I Corps is to deploy as a headquarters unit running daily operations for the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command. It’s a similar mission to one the corps carried out in Iraq from April 2009 until April of this year under Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby.

His successor, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, returned from Afghanistan in June as the commander of the 82nd Airborne Division. He told The News Tribune last week that the Army had no major combat

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Dec.
17th

Lewis-McChord airmen deliver tanks to Afghanistan

The Air Force this week put a spotlight on how C17-Globemasters flying out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord are helping build up forces in Afghanistan in a profile on a loadmaster who delivered some of the first M1 Abrams tanks to the battlefield.

This piece highlights a busy year for airmen in Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing, from delivering humanitarian supplies to Haiti to hauling beans and bullets to the front lines in Afghanistan.

Landlocked Afghanistan presents different challenges for the Pentagon in delivering heavy equipment to the field. In Iraq, equipment could be shipped by sea to

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Dec.
16th

Washington soldiers say “Merry Christmas” from Afghanistan and far-flung locales

Holiday greetings are coming to Washington families from service members stationed in three continents.

The Defense Department this week released a series of 20-second videos from Washington soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. Their holiday messages come from the likes of Afghanistan, Kuwait, Germany, Japan, Iraq, South Korea and Djibouti. Here’s a greeting from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit saying hi from one of Saddam Hussein’s palaces.

Check out those and more holiday greetings here.

Dec.
15th

Army extends public comment period on aviation plans for JBLM

The Army is giving people more time to comment on a study that examines environmental impacts of placing combat aviation brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and at Fort Carson, Colo.

Stationing a brigade at Lewis-McChord would bring about 2,700 soldiers and their families to the South Sound. The brigade also would have up to 120 helicopters and 700 wheeled vehicles.

It could thicken traffic on Highway 5, generate more noise at the Nisqually Indian Reservation and raise the risk of wildfires at the Yakima Training Center, according to the study.

People have until Jan. 7 to submit written comments on

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Dec.
15th

Chemical-response company returning from Kuwait Thursday

About 100 soldiers stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will return to their families tomorrow after spending the past year in the Middle East.

The 62nd Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Company deployed to Kuwait a year ago. Its assignment over the past year included carrying out security missions, preparing for chemical and biological attacks, training other soldiers on how to respond to those assaults and escorting heavy vehicles by air from Kuwaiti ports to Afghanistan.

A “welcome home” ceremony is scheduled to take place at 9 p.m., Thursday at the Wilson Gym at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Dec.
14th

Yelm soldier killed in Afghanistan suicide attack

Cpl. Sean M. Collins, a 2004 Yelm High School graduate, was among six soldiers killed Sunday in a suicide attack at a military base in southern Afghanistan.

Collins, 25, died doing a job he loved, his mother said.

“He always wanted to be Army since he was in Kindergarten,” Linda Collins said Tuesday evening.

He joined the Army in 2006 and has served two deployments in Iraq. His awards include: Army Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Support Medal, Army Service Medal

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