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Category: 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division


“Arrowhead 6 signing off:” Stryker commander hands post to successor after Afghanistan mission

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade leader recently home from Afghanistan handed his post to a new commander today and closed the book on his 30-year career in the active-duty Army.

Col. Charles Webster filled his remarks at his change of command ceremony with “thank yous” to his fellow soldiers in the 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division and to his peers among Lewis-McChord’s senior officers.

“What a day, one of I’ve been dreading for, oh, about 30 months (since he took command),” he said in his prepared remarks. “But what an adventure, not only the last 30 months, but also

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TNT launches “embed at home” as JBLM cavalry leaders pass the saber to mark a change of command

A man dressed as a cavalryman from long ago loses his hat as he gallops away, symbolically closing the change of command ceremony for the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment at Joint Base Lewis McChord today. Lt. Col. Robert Halvorson (right) replaces Lt. Col. Jim Dunivan (left) as squadron commander.
Peter Haley / Staff photographer

The News Tribune over the past 10 years built a solid tradition embedding with Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This year, we’re going to try something a little different. We’ll tail a single unit off and on as

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“We are glad you are home:” 3rd Stryker Brigade marks end of Afghanistan tour today at JBLM

 Sgt. 1st Class Christoper Montera hugs Sherry Wyatt, whose son Spc. Sterling Wyatt, was killed in Afghanistan in July. Montera and Spc. Wyatt served in the same Stryker unit.  Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Montera returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s main parade ground today for the first time since he left for Afghanistan more than a year ago.

He made his way onto the field in his wheelchair, rejoining the ranks of soldiers he last saw in March when a Taliban mortar round triggered explosions that deliver near-fatal injuries in Kandahar province.

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Army secretary launches resiliency campaign at JBLM, gives an update on PTSD reviews

 Secretary of the Army John McHugh visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday. Photo by Peter Haley/The News Tribune.

Secretary of the Army John McHugh on Monday launched an initiative to promote life skills in military families, seeking to streamline and advertise behavioral health resources so soldiers know where to turn in moments of need.

He signed a memorandum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday steering more resources to so-called “resiliency” programs, which the Army uses to promote overall health among soldiers and their families.

They’re one component of the Army’s push to reverse a disturbing rise in soldier suicides

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Secretary of the Army coming to JBLM to announce results of behavioral health investigation

Secretary of the Army John McHugh plans to visit Joint Base Lewis-McChord Monday to announce the results of a service-wide investigation into behavioral health programs and to meet with Stryker soldiers recently home from Afghanistan.

McHugh last visited Lewis-McChord in April when he announced that the Army would create a new division headquarters at the base to provide better oversight of its main combat brigades.

That headquarters, the 7th Infantry Division, opened in October under Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza. It  is hosting McHugh’s visit next week and it now supervises more than 17,000 soldiers in five Army brigades.

Patient complaints

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Army wants swift trial for SSG Robert Bales while defense team aims to slow down prosecution

4:25 p.m. update:

The big questions boiled down to timing at Staff Sgt. Robert Bales’ first appearance in court since the Army announced he’d face the death penalty on suspicion of massacring 16 Afghan civilians last March.

Prosecutors want to move quickly, contending that delays in the case could hinder the government’s ability to bring Afghan witnesses to U.S. soil for Bales’ court-martial. They’d like to go to trial by this summer.

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has a constitutional right to see his accusers in court, but a withdrawal of U.S. forces from southern Afghanistan could complicate the already

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Kandahar massacre suspect Staff Sgt. Robert Bales due in court Thursday for arraignment

 Staff Sgt. Robert Bales last appeared in court in November for a two-week pretrial hearing. (AP Photo/Lois Silver)

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to appear in court Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for an arraignment on charges that he murdered 16 Afghan civilians and wounded six more in March.

It is to be his first court appearance since the Army announced last month that it intends to pursue the death penalty against Bales.

The Army’s prosecution of Bales is still in its early phases and Bales does not have to enter a

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Keep wounded JBLM soldiers in your thoughts and follow these stories of recovery


On Sunday we published this feature on 1st Sgt. Mike Leonard’s long road to recovery since he lost a leg an Afghanistan almost three years ago while serving with a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade.

I wanted to talk to him because he’s years into his rehabilitation, and I felt he could teach us about what challenges lay ahead for families of recently wounded Lewis-McChord soldiers coming home from last year’s major deployments. As his wife says, learning to live with prosthetic limbs can feel like “two steps forward, three steps back.”

Several of the younger

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