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Category: 1st Special Forces Group


Fallen soldier was a Green Beret in JBLM’s 1st Special Forces Group

The Defense Department today identified a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Green Beret who died Thursday at a military hospital Germany from wounds he sustained last week in Afghanistan.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, leaves behind a wife and two sons ages 3 and 1.

The Army identified his hometown as San Antonio. His father, retired Special Forces Lt. Col. Michael W. Simpson, is the city manager in Olmos Park, Texas.

The elder Simpson has sent messages to Olmos Park residents about his son’s fatal injuries, and has received an outpouring of support from the town. The family announced the soldier’s

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Army honors JBLM Green Beret for saving lives at war, building up rural clinics


Staff Sgt. Brian Guzman is the kind of guy who’d rather sit at the back of the room than be on a stage. He joined Army Special Forces to let his work speak for itself, not to get the public’s admiration.

He did his job so well – saving wounded comrades in combat and nurturing ties to cultivate rural medical clinics in Afghanistan – that he had to sit still, grin and accept a heap of praise Monday when he received honors as the Army’s Special Forces medic of the

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JBLM Green Beret dies from gunfire in Afghanistan

A Green Beret from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 1st Special Forces Group died Thursday from wounds he suffered earlier in the the week in eastern Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced today.

Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif. is survived by his wife, parents and sister. He was wounded by small arms fire in Paktika Province on Monday, and he died under care at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

Grissom was a well-decorated soldier whose combat medals show that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan since joining the Army in 2003. He enlisted through a program that

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Veteran JBLM special operator recognized for combat valor with Silver and Bronze stars

A veteran special operator at Joint Base Lewis-McChord today received the nation’s third highest medal for combat valor, two years after he took control of a faltering mission that ultimately led to the deaths of more than 1oo insurgents and helped NATO destroy entrenched enemy bunkers in western Afghanistan.

Master Sgt. Michael Hunter, 35, not only received the Silver Star for that April 2010 raid. Today he also received a Bronze Star for a June 2010 mission in which he delivered medical assistance to two wounded soldiers during a 16-hour firefight.

“His courageous actions all the way through the engagement kept

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Special operators in JBLM helicopter teams close the book on “exciting” but classified tenure

It wouldn’t be Special Operations without a little bit of mystery.

Use your imagination to figure out what the elite helicopter teams in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 4th Battalion, Special Operations Aviation Regiment mean when they say they deploy to “multiple theaters.”

They’re not only talking about the war in Afghanistan.

“There’s relatively no place on the planet they can’t employ these aircraft with precision,” the regiment’s senior officer, Col. John Thompson, said at a Lewis-McChord ceremony Friday on a tarmac decked out with the unit’s blackened Chinook and Blackhawk helicopters.

The “Night Stalkers” peeled back the classified curtain a little

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New Special Forces commander at JBLM is a veteran of Afghanistan invasion

The top post for a Special Operations officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord changed hands Thursday at a ceremony for outgoing 1st Special Forces Group commander Col. Francis Beaudette.

That area of Lewis-McChord grew under Beaudette’s watch with the addition of a new battalion under the 1st Group. His soldiers deployed repeatedly to Afghanistan, Iraq and on missions to support Asian allies, such as the Philippines.

The base’s Special Operations footprint now includes about 1,600 soldiers in the 1st Group, about 600 or so in 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment and the elite helicopter crews in the 4th Battalion,

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Defense budget steers more money to Washington for military construction at JBLM, Kitsap

Spending on military construction in Washington State continues to rise in President Obama’s 2013 budget request despite talk of nationwide defense cuts.

The state would gain $581 million for work at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Naval Base Kitsap and Naval Station Whidbey Island, up from $519 million in Obama’s 2012 defense budget.

About half of the state’s military construction work in 2013 would take place at Lewis-McChord. The base south of Tacoma stands to receive $91 million for a long-awaited sewage plant upgrade, as well as $73 million for a new battalion complex.

The base’s growing Special Forces units

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Five WA soldiers and Marines were killed in Afghanistan last month – most since July 2010

January was a hard month for Washington State’s military community. It lost five service members who grew up here or served here to fighting in Afghanistan, the most casualties in a single month since July 2010 when seven were killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those numbers of fallen service members remain well below the heavy fighting Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers saw during the Iraq surge and during the first months of the 5th Stryker Brigade’s deployment to Afghanistan in the late summer of 2009. But they’re a reminder that difficult days lay ahead even as the Obama administration

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