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Archives: Jan. 2013

Jan.
31st

JBLM Air Force squadrons trading places for two-month deployments

 

About 60 airmen are deploying out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord today for a two-month mission supporting troops in Afghanistan and other locations around the Middle East.

Lewis-McChord’s 8th Airlift Squadron is due to replace another local unit, the 10th Airlift Squadron, at two bases in what the Air Force calls Southwest Asia. The 10th Airlift Squadron should be home in the next few weeks.

The airmen regularly fly C-17 Globemaster III jets to deliver troops and supplies to the war in Afghanistan. On past deployments, they also have been tapped to support missions in North Africa.

Jan.
29th

Soldiers at JBLM return “relic” missile launch tube to Seattle Police Department

We received updated information from Just Base Lewis-McChord on the missile launch tube. The Army confirmed that it was inactive and returned it to the Seattle Police Department. The Army did not destroy the tube, Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield said this afternoon.

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Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have destroyed a Stinger missile launch tube that someone turned over to Seattle police at a gun buyback last weekend.

Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, a spokesman for the Army’s I Corps at Lewis-McChord, characterized the tube as a Vietnam-era weapon that could not be connected to the units currently serving at the

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Jan.
28th

Air Force honors JBLM airman who protected soldiers on the ground in 12-hour battle with Taliban

 

Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, pins the Silver Star Medal on to Staff Sgt. Adam Krueger of Joint Base Leiw’s McChord’s 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Tobin.

The chief of Air Force Special Operations visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week to pin a Silver Star on an airman who guided NATO air power through a 12-hour firefight with Afghan insurgents almost three years ago.

Staff Sgt.  Adam Krueger of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron earned recognition for his

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Jan.
23rd

Army communities getting first look at how drawdown could unfold in their backyards

The Army study that lays out one path for the service to reduce its ranks over the next seven years is rippling out among military communities all over the world, conveying a message that the Army is serious about looming cuts.

The News Tribune published a story on the proposal Saturday, highlighting a scenario that could trim the number of active-duty soldiers at Joint-Base Lewis-McChord by 8,000.

That would mean a loss of some 20,000 residents from Pierce and Thurston counties, and another 10,100 jobs from the region. I have not seen reports on possible cuts

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Jan.
18th

Army study forecasts worst case cuts to JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord could lose some 8,000 soldiers under a proposal that lays out how the Army could meet Pentagon goals to reduce ranks over the next seven years, according to Army study released Friday.

That worst case scenario would ripple across Pierce and Thurston counties, causing more than 20,100 service members and their dependents to leave the area. It could to an additional loss of 9,000 military contract jobs, and 1,150 other jobs in the region, according to the study from the Army Environmental Command.

The report stresses that the Army has not made any decisions about where

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Jan.
18th

No news is good news for newly home Stryker brigade

 

Col. Barry Huggins, left, returned from a nine-month deployment leading Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Photo by Lt. Rose Neats.

The homecomings from an intense year in Afghanistan are almost compete at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, which this week brought back the command group for its 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Its return is notable in part because of the brigade went about its business for the past nine months at war while rarely making news. It also earned some high praise from one of the war’s top generals as it left

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Jan.
17th

IED kills JBLM soldier in Afghanistan

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord 4th Stryker Brigade soldier died Jan. 16 when he encountered an IED while on a dismounted patrol in Afghanistan, the Army said today.

Sgt. David J. Chambers of Hampton, Va. died in the Panjwai district of Kandahar province at the age of 25.

He joined the Army in May 2009, and deployed to Afghanistan from June 2010 to May 2011, and again in November 2012.

Chambers was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

He received the Purple Heart, Army Achievement Medal

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Jan.
17th

Army wants swift trial for SSG Robert Bales while defense team aims to slow down prosecution

4:25 p.m. update:

The big questions boiled down to timing at Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ first appearance in court since the Army announced he’d face the death penalty on suspicion of massacring 16 Afghan civilians last March.

Prosecutors want to move quickly, contending that delays in the case could hinder the government’s ability to bring Afghan witnesses to U.S. soil for Bales’ court-martial. They’d like to go to trial by this summer.

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has a constitutional right to see his accusers in court, but a withdrawal of U.S. forces from southern Afghanistan could complicate the already

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