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Archives: June 2012

June
15th

Father says Lewis-McChord soldier killed in blast

Another Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has died in Afghanistan, according to his family.

Spc. Trevor Pinnick, 20, of Lawrenceville, Ill., died Monday when a mine exploded, his father, Thomas Pinnick, told The Telegraph newspaper.

Pinnick, who received a promotion in rank shortly before his death, was assigned to the engineer company under the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. He joined the unit after it deployed to Afghanistan in December.

His father told the newspaper Pinnick searched for and defused improvised explosive devices during his deployment and he planned to make a career in the Army.

“He wanted to

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June
14th

JBLM combat engineer killed by enemy bomb in Kandahar Province

A veteran sergeant from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in Afghanistan Tuesday by an enemy improvised explosive, his family told local news media in his home state of Colorado.

Sgt. 1st Class Barett McNabb, 33, of Chino Valley, Ariz. was fighting in Kandahar Province with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. The brigade arrived in Afghanistan in April and May, and it has lost four soldiers since then.

The Defense Department said McNabb was assigned to the brigade’s 562nd Engineer Company, a unit that traditionally looks for buried bombs and clears them from roads.

His lieutenant mourned

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June
13th

JBLM’s I Corps home from war – “We did everything we set out to do.”

The round-the-clock days are over for Sgt. 1st Class Sonia Reyes. She’s home from her yearlong deployment with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps and getting ready to spend some quality time with the baby she left behind last summer.

“It’s been hard for me to leave my firstborn,” said Reyes, 31, who was on her fourth deployment.

She landed at Gray Army Air Field at Lewis-McChord this afternoon with about of 50 fellow soldiers from the I Corps. She tearfully smiled at her baby, her husband and his daughter while their friends took photos of the reunited family.

She said

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June
13th

Defense secretary again expands review in military PTSD diagnoses

The Defense Department on Wednesday announced that it again would expand its review of post-traumatic stress diagnoses dating back to the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta today said the review would include all branches of the armed forces. Previously, the review was to focus only on the Army.

Panetta’s announcement is the latest investigation into PTSD diagnoses since the Office of the Surgeon General began investigating a team of forensic psychiatrists at Madigan Army Medical Center that sometimes changed behavioral health diagnoses among soldiers who were seeking medical retirements. Some of those soldiers

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June
12th

JBLM commander coming home from war, setting stage for changes in top ranks

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top commander is  heading home from Afghanistan tomorrow, ending a yearlong deployment in which he and about 600 soldiers from the I Corps ran the war’s daily combat operations.

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti yesterday gave a round of interviews with Pentagon reporters as he prepared to hand over his position as the war’s No. 2 commander to Lt. Gen. James Terry. The interviews centered on supply routes that ignore Pakistan because of frayed relations and new limits on drone strikes.

The News Tribune spoke with Scaparrotti in Afghanistan two months ago,

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June
11th

Tacoma teens open up at Army grief camp about brother Pfc. Neil Turner’s death

Today I’m thinking of Pfc. Neil Turner, the Lincoln High School graduate who died in an accident in Afghanistan six months ago.

His death stunned the Tacoma community who watched him grow up. His friends held a vigil outside his house when they heard the news. His high school honored him, too.

It’s still hard to figure out many details about the accident that caused Turner’s death. A soldier has been charged with an offense stemming from the incident in Afghanistan’s Logar Province, but the Army has not disclosed much more information. The News Tribune has submitted a

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June
8th

15th deployment on the horizon for Lewis-McChord Rangers under new commander

One of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s most-deployed units is about to head to Afghanistan for its 15th combat mission since 2002. It’s taking a new commander for the first time in two years.

Lt. Col. Gregory Anderson took command of the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in a rain-soaked ceremony at Lewis-McChord Thursday. He’s joining the battalion on the heels of a yearlong deployment leading a battalion from the 10th Mountain Division in Kandahar Province.

Anderson’s new battalion is stocked with larger-than-life stories of soldiers who spend about as much time overseas as they do at home. It’s known for producing

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June
8th

Lewis-McChord airmen lend a hand at Tacoma’s Northwest Trek

Tacoma’s Northwest Trek Wildlife Park this week got some muscle this week from about 20 Joint Base Lewis-McChord airmen who spent Wednesday giving the grounds a late-spring cleaning.

The airmen belong to Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing. They wanted to get their hands dirty hacking blackberries and planting trees to build connections with the communities around the base.

“It’s part of being a well-rounded member of the military community,” and the work helps keep air crews fit,  Staff Sgt. James Lee, 30, who organized the work party, said in a news release from the park.