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Archives: 2012


JBLM C-17 pilot pleads not guilty to charges stemming from 2011 airdrop death

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord pilot today pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and dereliction of duty in the 2011 death of a Special Forces paratrooper near a Montana training ground.

Capt. Jared Foley is alert and attentive at the start of his court-martial. The hearing is off to a slow start because of a technical glitch in the courtroom’s recording system.

So far, the main arguments center on what kind of testimony senior Air Force officers can give in court.

Air Force Capt. Mark Rosenow submitted a motion to bar witnesses from offering opinions about whether a reasonable

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Look out for traffic delays and detours getting around JBLM Wednesday

Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Wednesday is carrying out a daylong security exercise that could cause delays and detours for people who need to get on the installation.

Lewis-McChord officials said they took steps to prevent the exercise from causing delays on Interstate 5.  Traveling around the base is a different matter.

Tens of thousands of service members, retirees, civilian employees and military family members move on and off the base every day. They could find restricted access to buildings and disrupted customer service activities, Lewis-McChord said.

The exercise centers on a mix of security threats that could unfold on the

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JBLM Stryker soldiers help retake “Road of Martyrs” in Kandahar province

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker soldiers played a key role in assisting Afghan Army forces in retaking meaningful ground from the Taliban in Kandahar province, Stars and Stripes reported Sunday.

Lewis-McChord’s 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment helped seize the “Road of Martyrs,” which Stripes’ Laura Rauch describes as a “10-mile stretch of red earth” that leads to the site of the 1880 Battle of Maiwand.

In that 19th century fight, Afghans killed close to 1,000 British soldiers from a force of about 2,500. Today, the battlefield is a graveyard to some 3,000 Afghan fighters, as well as

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Rep. Smith moves north from JBLM but is still the top Democrat on House Armed Services Committee

Rep. Adam Smith moved a little farther from Joint Base Lewis-McChord when he followed the center of the 9th Congressional District into King County, but he kept his position as the top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee.

Smith in the coming year likely will face more tough decisions on where to cut spending in the Defense Department. Over the past year, he has said he supported some reductions in defense spending as the wars ended and the country turned its focus to improving its economy.

That position is a contrast to the Armed Services Committee’s Republican

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Senate passes Murray measure to reform Defense suicide prevention programs

The Senate this week passed an amendment that would reshape the Defense Department’s behavioral health and suicide prevention programs, compelling each service to adopt common practices.

Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., submitted the provision to the $631 billion defense authorization bill. Her amendment mirrors a bill she submitted in June.

“This is a major step forward in Congress really focusing on the issue of mental health of our service members, and it has not been done before,” Murray, the chairwoman of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, said today.

Her proposal seeks to standardize the Defense Department’s varied suicide

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One JBLM airlift squadron heads overseas, another comes home

Two squadrons of airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing changed places in the past week: One departed for a two-month mission in the Middle East, and another returned from a similar assignment.

The 10th Airlift Squadron left last week with about 75 airmen for its assignment delivering supplies and troops to bases in a region that stretches from the Horn of Africa to Afghanistan. It’s the second overseas mission for the squadron this year.

“Just as I said back in February, it is an honor to deploy as the commander of a flying squadron in a time of

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Gitmo on the I-5? GAO report looks at where to house Guantanamo detainees

I can’t say this any better than Spencer Ackerman at Wired’s Danger Room:

“Think it’s too dangerous to house the 166 suspected terrorists locked up in Guantanamo Bay within the continental United States? A powerful senator asked a congressional research office to run the numbers. It found that there are no fewer than 104 places inside the U.S. to safely lock them up — provided they make serious modifications.”

Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s effort to close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay generated this report from the Government Accountability Office, including an assessment of whether military jails

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JBLM Stryker brigades meet in Kandahar as one hits the ground and two look homeward

Here’s a fun photo that sums up the comings and goings of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s largest infantry brigades, all three of which were on the ground in Kandahar Province for most of this month.

Two brigades are heading home, and one is just getting started on its own mission in southern Afghanistan.

This image shows the commanders and senior noncommissioned officers of Lewis-McChord’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th Stryker brigades at Forward Operating Base Masum Ghar in Kandahar Province last week.

Most of the 3,500 troops in the 3rd Brigade deployed late last year. Many of them are home in the

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