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Category: 1st Special Forces Group


Fallen Green Beret served at JBLM since 2001, left behind three children

The Special Forces soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord who died Sunday from combat injuries he suffered in Afghanistan was a father of three with a long military career in the South Sound.

Benjamin Wise, 34, of Puyallup leaves behind a wife, two sons and a daughter. He died Sunday in Landstuhl, Germany, six days after he was wounded in an attack in Afghanistan’s Balkh Province.

His family released the following statement today:

“The Wise family is sincerely touched by the concern and interest all have taken in Ben’s life, his career and his sacrifice for our country. Ben was proud

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Green Beret from Lewis-McChord killed in Afghanistan











A Green Beret from Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed in Afghanistan Saturday, making him the third* Special Forces soldier from his battalion to die in combat on its current deployment.

Staff Sgt. Michael Hosey, 27, of Birmingham, Ala., was killed by small arms fire in Uruzgan Province, according to the Defense Department. He was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.

He was posthumously awarded a Meritorious Service Medal, a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star Medal.

In July, the battalion’s Sgt. 1st Class Wyatt Goldsmith, 28, of

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New Green Beret battalion unfurls colors at Lewis-McChord
















To say Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s newest Special Forces unit is ready to hit the ground running would be an understatement.

Its soldiers were sprinting even before they had a chance to set up their new compound at the base south of Tacoma.

The base’s 1st Special Forces Group unfurled the flag for its new 4th Battalion Friday, signaling that another 400 Green Berets will be serving in the South Sound.

Some of those new soldiers have been deploying on missions to Thailand and the Philippines

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JBLM soldiers roll out for community projects

Look out for the guy in camouflage cleaning up Highway 5 tomorrow. He’s going to have lots of company on the road, and at other community service projects around the South Sound today and Saturday.

They’re rolling out to the cities surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord to participate in Make a Difference Day.

The projects range from clean-up work on Highway 5 to trail maintenance at Farrell Marsh Park in Steilacoom.

Here’s a look at some of the places where you might see JBLM soldiers:

– Farrell Marsh Park: Fifteen soldiers from the 42nd Military Police Brigade are renovating walking trails

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Green berets swim, bike and run for fallen comrades

Four fallen Green Berets from Joint Base Lewis-McChord live on in the memories of their loved ones, including some in the Tacoma area. And they will be in the hearts of a team of current and former soldiers as they swim, bike and run for a good cause on Sept. 11.

The Warrior Triathlon Half Ironman (1.2 miles swim, 56 mile bike, 13 mile run) will take place in Williamsburg, Va. Participants raise money for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which helps provide a college education to any child of special operators who are killed in action.


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Two Green Berets added to local memorial wall

Memorial Day in the South Sound started rainy, but gave way to warm, sunny skies by early afternoon. And the honors will continue Tuesday when the 1st Special Forces Group at Joint Base Lewis-McChord unveils two more names for its memorial wall.

Master Sgt. Mark W. Coleman and Staff Sgt. Rusty H. Christian were both killed in bombings in Afghanistan this year, bringing to 166 the number of names on the wall. Coleman, 40, was from Klickitat County and died last month. Christian, 24, was from Greeneville, Tenn., and died in February.

The News Tribune

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A look behind the scenes

The Army Times has an interesting, behind-the-scenes look at a recent Special Operations screw-up in Afghanistan. And it involved a unit from Joint Base Lewis-McChord:

From the story:

[T]he Army officer said the battalion-level command was SOTF 12, formed around 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group, and based at Kandahar Airfield.

It is unclear what orders, if any, Benton or Lt. Col. Brian Petit, the SOTF 12 commander, gave in relation to the convoy as it was tracked by the Predator.

But after a lengthy delay, the A-team leader eventually decided to call an airstrike on the

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Local links, March 4

We’ve published the final articles Joe and I sent in from our trip to Iraq. Both are profiles: one of Capt. Junior Tupuola, a chaplain whose like took a long, twisting path to the service. The other is on Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, the top NCO in I Corps who is, to say the least, quite a personality.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
2-19th Iraqi Army Division, Task Force Wings Conduct a Large-scale Partnered Air Assault [DVIDS]

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Soldiers Gain More ‘trigger Time’ at EST 2000

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