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Category: 82nd airborne

July
15th

JBLM losing one of its team players as Fires Brigade’s Col. Kamper moves on

Col. Ken Kamper doesn’t miss much at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He’s there when his artillery troops come home from war. He’s there to pay respects when soldiers fall in combat. And Kamper almost always says yes when South Sound communities come looking for an officer in uniform to represent the Army outside the base.

The two-time Iraq veteran who spent eight of the past 10 years at the base south of Tacoma is moving on after two and a half years leading about 2,500 soldiers in the base’s artillery brigade. His 17th Fires Brigade is one of four large Army

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April
30th

JBLM soldier killed in southern Afghanistan

Minnesota news outlets are reporting that a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was killed in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province on Sunday.

Spc. Nicholas Dickhut, 23, of Rochester, Minn. just last week was photographed in an image that appeared on news web sites all over the country. It shows him lining up a shot after coming under fire in Kandahar three days before his death.

The Defense Department and Lewis-McChord have not released their formal press releases announcing his death.

“I don’t even want to think about the fact that he’s never coming home,” his mother, Jacqueline Carson, told

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Dec.
1st

Tacoma native patrols the road out of Iraq for 82nd Airborne

An Army staff sergeant from Tacoma had a good view of the American withdrawal from Iraq, as seen in this photo from a patrol last week.

Staff Sgt. Christopher King of the 82nd Airborne Division was walking the streets of Baghdad to guard the road to Kuwait for the soldiers on their way home.

The journey through remains a dangerous one. Two weeks ago, an improvised explosive claimed the life of a specialist from King’s battalion.

“The closer we get to the time of our departure, the more they want to get after us,” Lt. Col. David Doyle

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Oct.
25th

Deaths of JBLM soldiers described in WikiLeaks reports

Casualty reports describing the deaths of dozens of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers can be found in hundreds of thousands of pages of classified Iraq war documents published last weekend by WikiLeaks.

The reports are immediate accounts of daily events in Iraq between 2004 and 2010. They’re quick and dirty, and will not reveal much new information to families who have received final investigations into the deaths of their loved ones from the Defense Department.

They reflect a constant grind for soldiers seeking out improvised explosive devices, drawing contact from insurgents and executing raids.

Here are some of examples

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April
28th

Joey Caron’s dedication to country “remarkable,” commanding general says

Army Spc. Joseph T. “Joey” Caron “lived every day God gave him to the fullest” and was a dedicated soldier with a remarkable love for his country, his commanding general in Afghanistan wrote The News Tribune in a Letter to the Editor.

Parkland native Caron, 21, died in a bomb blast April 11 while on foot patrol in the Arghandab River Valley near Kandahar. Some 500 people attended funeral services for the 2007 Washington High School graduate on Sunday. He was buried with military honors at Mountain View Memorial Park.

Caron, a paratrooper, was a member of the 4th Brigade,

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April
25th

Some 500 pay tribute to Pierce County soldier, 21, killed by bomb blast in Afghanistan

Pierce County buried a hometown hero Sunday.

U.S. Army Spc. Joseph T. “Joey” Caron was remembered as a man of many facets and talents who possessed one driving force: protecting freedom for family and friends.

Spc. Joseph T. "Joey" Caron

He was a courageous paratrooper, a prankster, a protective and attentive brother. He would give a fellow soldier his last drink of water; put on a proud smile and confident glare as he took off on a trough assignment; assume the persona of Forrest Gump and earn belly laughs with his on-the-mark portrayals of the aw-shucks movie character, friends and family members said.

And he was very much loved.

An estimated 500 people attended funeral services for the 21-year-old soldier at Washington High School, from which the Parkland native graduated in 2007.

Less than three years into the Army duty he long dreamed of, Caron died April 11 from a bomb blast while on foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. He was a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team.

On Sunday, he was eulogized by a commanding general, a machinist’s mate 3rd class, an acting police lieutenant, a classmate, a karate instructor, a high school principal, a platoon sergeant and many others.

“If it wasn’t for the Joeys in the world, we wouldn’t have a lot of the freedoms that we do,” said karate sifu Cliff Lenderman, who presented Caron’s family with his black belt Sunday morning. He was among many who reverently called the young soldier a hero.

The Army posthumously awarded Caron the Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and other medals. His casket, borne by six fellow paratroopers, passed through a Patriot Guard Riders honor line of some 60 American flags. And he was buried with military honors, including a 21-gun salute, at Mountain View Memorial Park.

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April
22nd

Memorial service set Sunday for Tacoma paratrooper killed by bomb blast in Afghanistan

A memorial service for Army Spc. Joseph Thierry Caron is scheduled at 11 a.m. Sunday at Washington High School in Parkland, 12420 Ainsworth Avenue S.

The paratrooper from Tacoma was killed by a bomb blast April 11 while he was on foot patrol in Afghanistan’s Arghandab River Valley. He was 21 years old.

Spc. Joseph T. Caron

Caron, called Joey by his family and friends, was a member of Bravo Company, 2nd Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne division. He was stationed at

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