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Category: 16th Combat Aviatoin Brigade


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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JBLM crews among the first to fly latest models of Apache attack helicopters

Col. Robert Dickerson, commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 16th
Combat Aviation Brigade, introduces the newest model of the Apache
AH-64 helicopter. The base south of Tacoma has eight of the choppers,
and will have 24 by late this spring.
Adam Ashton/Staff writer

Veteran pilots at Joint Base Lewis-McChord tick off their favorite features about the latest models of the Army’s menacing Apache helicopters they received this winter:

More power. Better lift. The ability to command aerial drones from their cockpits.
One more thing: Now they can fly in thick cloud cover, a crucial capability at

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