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Category: 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade


In 19th year, JBLM puts more muscle in Yakima exercises with Japanese forces

The 19th year of a U.S.-Japan military exercise in Central Washington peaked today with batteries of American canons collaborating with hundreds of soldiers from their Pacific ally in one of their biggest joint-drills yet.

Both nations stepped up their contributions to so-called Operation Rising Thunder this year. Each side sent about 500 service members to take part in the three-week exercise, said Army Capt. Cynthia Holuta.

For the Americans, the extra troops reflect the Pentagon’s reemphasis on the Pacific as well as a chance for soldiers to refresh combat skills they can’t exercise at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Japanese have long

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JBLM soldier dies in Kandahar on fifth deployment

The Defense Department today announced the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord intelligence soldier in Afghanistan’s Kandahar Province.

Staff Sgt. Raul Guerra, 37, of Union City, N.J. died July 4 in Kandahar’s Spin Boldak district. The Defense Department did not say how he died. He was serving on his fifth deployment to Afghanistan or Iraq.

Guerra served in Lewis-McChord’s 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade. He enlisted in 1999 and initially trained as a mechanic. Guerra deployed to Afghanistan three times with a unit from Fort Bragg, N.C. between 2002 and 2006.

In 2007, Guerra changed specialties in

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Artillery, intelligence units to celebrate homecomings at Lewis-McChord

Two units at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are celebrating their return to stateside life tomorrow.

The day starts early with about 130 artillerymen coming home from Afghanistan. They’re expected to begin meeting their families at 7:30 a.m. at Soldiers Field House. These soldiers belong to the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade.

Most of their bridage went to Iraq last year, and has returned home. Two companies composed of about 250 artilleryment deployed to Afghanistan, and were stationed at airfields in Eastern and Southern Afghanistan. Four soldiers in the Afghanistan deployment were killed in July.

Also Wednesday,

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More soldiers from 201st surveillance coming home

More soldiers in the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade are expected to return home from Iraq to Joint Base Lewis-McChord today. They’re scheduled to hold a welcome-home ceremony at 6 p.m. More information is available here, as well as at the brigade’s Facebook page.  A third group of soldiers is still on its way home.

Last week, the 201st formally transferred its authority in southern Iraq to the 67th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade of the Nebraska National Guard.

At the ceremony, Col. Robert Whalen of Tacoma said the hardest part of the brigade’s yearlong tour was the death

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Lewis troops monitor the border

TALLIL, Iraq – American military commanders have left little doubt of their annoyance with Iran’s interference in the internal security of Iraq, and much of it can be blamed on the porous border: Smugglers carrying anything from bootlegged cigarettes to bombs pour into Iraq, and its security forces often can’t stop it.

But one Fort Lewis company has the task of tightening the frontier.

Charlie Company, 38th Long Range Surveillance works with Iraqi border guards to monitor the 900-mile-long frontier. They perform dismounted patrols with the Iraqis and call in any suspicious activity.

The company is perhaps the most high-profile unit of the 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, which deployed in September and has soldiers at almost 40 bases across Iraq.
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Keeping the data flowing

TALLIL, Iraq – Modern warfare is a high-tech affair.

The 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade’s smallest company keeps the data flowing.

With soldiers fanned out to about 38 locations across the country, the intelligence unit relies on its 63rd Network Support Company to keep everyone connected.

“The world is getting more and more technical, and the Army is no different,” said Sgt. 1st Class Landi Whiteside. “The military intelligence work relies pretty heavily on communications to talk to the teams that go out across the country.”
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Local links, Dec. 10

Today’s local links:

17th Fires Brigade
U.S. Soldiers, Iraqi Sailors Secure Shores [DVIDS]
Top Commanders Evaluate Base for January Turnover [DVIDS]

I Corps/Multi-National Corps-Iraq
Cable Dawgs: Making More Out of a Move [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Webcams for Strykers in Afghanistan [KPLU-FM]
Task Force Defends ISAF Forces and Defeats IED’s in Southern Afghanistan [DVIDS]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
U.S. and Iraqi Soldiers Take Part in Combined Mortar Training [DVIDS]

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Maneuver Center CSM Visits Raider Brigade [DVIDS]

201st Battlefield

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Local links, Nov. 16

A soldier who served with the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team is working to start a Veterans of Foreign Wars post in his hometown of Cleburne, Texas.

I wrote about Laureles when I was in Iraq earlier this year. He transfered to the Washington National Guard in 2003 from Texas so he could deploy and practice battlefield medicine. He had since bounced from unit to unit so he could stay continously in Iraq since.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Ferndale mayor declares Nov. 14 Aaron Aamot Day [Bellingham Herald]

4th Brigade,

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