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Category: 555th Engineer Brigade


Local links, April 6

Forward Operating Base Cobra, the bare-bones outpost in northern Diyala province that soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s cavalry squadron moved into last year, has been receiving some upgrades lately. Among one of them is a new dining facility with contracted cooks (when Joe Barrentine and I were there, food was a major complaint among the joes). The soldiers named the new DFAC after Pfc. Erin McLyman, the Oregon native who was killed last month from indirect fire.

“I didn’t get a chance to know Pfc. McLyman, but I knew about her,” squadron commander Lt. Col. Joseph

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Local links, March 12

Michael Yon has a long piece today about (among other units) 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division in Kandahar.

Other local links:

I Corps
Lewis-McChord’s Jacoby tapped for new Pentagon job [The News Tribune]

555th Engineer Brigade
It’s back to Afghanistan for Lewis-McChord engineer battalion [The News Tribune]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
County soldier dies in Afghanistan []
Army Materiel Command Leadership Visit 5th SBCT Troops [DVIDS]


Local links, Nov. 12

I’m catching up on almost a week’s worth of links (I was out of town), but obviously the biggest story while I was gone was the memorial service for the seven fallen Fort Lewis soldiers. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Injured Fort Lewis soldier back from the brink [The News Tribune]
Two more from Fort Lewis confirmed killed in Afghanistan [The News Tribune]
Fort Lewis Memorial: Going back to Louisiana [The News Tribune]
Fallen Stryker soldier: ‘Not once did he quit or complain’ [The News Tribune]
‘Faith will help us out,’ Fort Lewis soldier’s family says [Bellingham Herald]
Biden: 7 Wash. state soldiers were extraordinary [AP]
Vice President Lauds Fallen Fort Lewis Soldiers [KPLU-FM]
7 fallen Stryker Brigade soldiers honored at Fort Lewis [Seattle Times]
Roadside bomb kills two Fort Lewis soldiers [KOMO-TV]
Soldier from Ocala killed in Afghanistan [Orlando Sentinel]
West Bank soldier killed in Afghanistan mourned at service in Harvey [Times-Picayune]
Ferndale Graduate Killed In Action In Afghanistan [KGMI-AM]
Memorial for Vancouver Soldier Killed in Afghanistan [KUOW-FM]
SF units to get latest Land Warrior kit [Army Times]
Fallen soldier was to return for Thanksgiving []
Custer soldier killed in Afghanistan explosion [Lynden Tribune]
Biden honors fallen Fort Lewis soldiers [KOMO-TV]
Vice President Biden Honors Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan at Ceremony at Fort Lewis [ABC]
My husband is at war [San Francisco Chronicle]
On The Scene In Afghanistan: A Deadly Day For U.S. Soldiers [NPR]
Funeral Procession for Spc. Kyle A. Coumas []
Combat Advisors See Afghan Troops in Action [DVIDS]
U.S. combat injuries rise sharply [Washington Post]
Perdue visiting soldiers in Iraq [Jacksonville Times-Union]
Crossroads of Afghanistan-Contested Province Is Vital Link [DVIDS]
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Making a difference

Fort Lewis soldiers, their families and civilian employees are working around the South Sound area on community projects as part of Make a Difference Day.

Here’s what’s going on, according to the public affairs office:

42nd Military Police Brigade: More than 30 soldiers will expand walking trails, refurbish a walking bridge and clean out a ravine in Steilacoom. Another 25 soldiers will rebuild decking at Weber Court Park.

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division: Soldiers from the brigade’s rear detachment will help with landscaping and clean-up at Fort Steilacoom Park.

593rd Sustainment Brigade: Twenty-six members of the 80th Ordnance Battalion will

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Triple Nickel uncases colors

The Fort Lewis engineer brigade that returned last month from a yearlong deployment in which it oversaw construction projects across Iraq uncased its colors during a ceremony Friday morning.

The 150 soldiers of the 555th Engineer Brigade’s headquarters deployed in September to oversee operations in 16 of the country’s 18 provinces. It was the third deployment to Iraq for the unit nicknamed the “Triple Nickel.”

The uncasing ceremony symbolizes the completion of a unit’s return to Fort Lewis; a similar ceremony in which the unit command cases the colors precedes a deployment overseas.

About two-thirds of the 3,200 service members

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Alleged gunman’s link to Fort Lewis

We’ve received a few e-mails about why the soldier accused of killing five American troops at a stress clinic in Baghdad might be tried here at Fort Lewis, especially given that he served with a Germany-based engineer battalion.

Here’s the answer:

Sgt. John Russell was assigned to the 54th Engineer Battalion when he deployed to Iraq. When the unit arrived, it was attached to Fort Lewis’ 555th Engineer Brigade.

After Russell allegedly killed the five service members on May 11, he was assigned to the Triple Nickel headquarters and placed in pretrial confinement in Kuwait. When the brigade headquarters

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Local links, Oct. 22

Today’s local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Family friend creates memorial fund for soldier who once called Carlisle home [The Patriot-News]

McChord Air Force Base:
New runway increases possibilities for Camp Guernsey [Platte County Record-Times]

555th Engineer Brigade:
Soldier accused in stress clinic slayings is back in U.S. [Stars and Stripes]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Fort Myers, Fla., Native Provides Support to Balad School [DVIDS]

17th Fires Brigade:
Iraqi Army, 17th Fires Brigade Conduct Joint Medical Mission [DVIDS]


Local links, Sept. 8

I’ve been away for a few days, but hopefully I didn’t miss much:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Two from Fort Lewis die in vehicle rollover [The News Tribune]
Amesbury soldier dies in Iraq [Boston Globe]
Fallen hero was ray of sunshine’ [Boston Herald]
Soldier recalled as ‘ray of sunshine’ [The Daily News of North Andover, Mass.]
Burnsville soldier dies in Iraq on second tour [Star-Tribune]
He was a husband. He was a father. He was a GI. [St. Paul Pioneer-Press]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

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