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General expresses confidence in JBLM command

Post by Christian Hill / The News Tribune on March 16, 2012 at 12:17 pm with 10 Comments »
March 16, 2012 12:17 pm

A visiting general with oversight of Joint Base Lewis-McChord said this morning that he has confidence in the chain of command at the base south of Tacoma, and blamed “unfortunate headlines” for pinning Lewis-McChord with the label of America’s most troubled military installation.

Gen. David M. Rodriguez is the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, based at Fort Bragg, N.C. FORSCOM is the Army’s largest command and the higher headquarters for I Corps and conventional forces at Lewis-McChord.

He was at the base today for a briefing and decided to hold a press conference to address multiple media reports focusing on a series of high-profile incidents involving Lewis-McChord soldiers – most notably, last weekend’s slaying of 16 civilians in southern Afghanistan.

Rodriguez would not address any details from the massacre, not even confirming that the suspected killer is from Lewis-McChord. He did say the Army, from the top down, was shocked by the incident, “and ought to be.”

He said Lewis-McChord is similar to other U.S. military bases in the proportion of soldiers who have seen heavy combat, served on multiple deployments and suffered conditions such as post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. FORSCOM did not have comparative numbers readily available.

Rodriguez also said he’s confident in the Army’s ability to screen and treat these signature medical conditions from the last decade of war in Iraq and Afghanistan – “we’re not perfect,” but getting better, he said.

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  1. Dave98373 says:

    Amazing that a general can be so clueless and provide so little information on why problems occur at JBLM at a much higher rate anywhere else.

  2. It’s probably going to be blamed on the idea that they all come home to the cloudy, rainy PNW.

  3. Josh4682 says:

    From my experience, all media surrounding military installations focus on news related to those installations, let’s not confuse high media coverage for high occurrence per populous. There are no statistics to show a higher occurrence of these incidents from JBLM compared to other installations.

  4. guidocarmasi says:

    company policy

  5. guidocarmasi says:

    company policy dont upset the apple cart

  6. Wow, fine example of positive thinking combined with denial!!!

  7. Bull****

  8. Sobriquet says:

    Mr. Hill would not last 2 minutes in a real combat scenario.

  9. Sobriquet says:

    Mr. Hill would not last 2 minutes in a real combat scenario.

    Of that, I have complete confidence.

  10. bobbysangelwife says:

    Josh is correct. Every installation has their fair share of ‘embarrassments’, Lewis is no different. Seems the only time it goes national when there’s a death involved.
    Take a look at Ft Bragg…a rash of people committing various crimes, including the brutal murder of a pregnant Marine. For awhile there seemed like every couple of months something was coming out of Bragg.
    Ft Hood is another…

    Only when it makes the national headlines does it come to light.

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