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Category: 593rd Sustainment Brigade


Deaths of JBLM soldiers described in WikiLeaks reports

Casualty reports describing the deaths of dozens of Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers can be found in hundreds of thousands of pages of classified Iraq war documents published last weekend by WikiLeaks.

The reports are immediate accounts of daily events in Iraq between 2004 and 2010. They’re quick and dirty, and will not reveal much new information to families who have received final investigations into the deaths of their loved ones from the Defense Department.

They reflect a constant grind for soldiers seeking out improvised explosive devices, drawing contact from insurgents and executing raids.

Here are some of examples

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Brigade that sustained soldiers in Iraq starts coming home

Families and friends are preparing to welcome home about 200 soldiers from the Middle East tonight, when members of the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade are scheduled to march into Wilson Gym at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

About 450 soldiers with the brigade were sent to Kuwait last May. Another 75 of them (members of the 80th Ordnance Battalion) are set to return home early Sunday morning, according to Lewis-McChord.

The sustainment brigade was heavily involved in the drawdown of American troops from Iraq. After seven years of war, thousands of tons of equipment have been scattered

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Local links, April 8

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers of the 24th Quartermaster Company received a heroes’ welcome when their plane landed for a layover in New Hampshire, reports.

Other local links:

17th Fires Brigade
Handling Stress While Deployed [DVIDS]
Radiation Assessment [DVIDS]

42nd Military Police Brigade
New Soldiers Link Up, Prepare With Military Police [DVIDS]

Naval Base Kitsap
Bremerton’s Youngest Sailors Ready to Move Into Fancy New Digs [Kitsap Sun]
Stennis Getting $137 Million Tune-Up for Next Deployment [Kitsap Sun]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Daisy Scouts help troops

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Quartermaster company returns

About 100 soldiers assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 24th Quartermaster Company return home today after an 11-month deployment to Afghanistan.

The company, part of the 593rd Sustainment Brigade, initially was tasked with establishing a warehouse and providing logistical and maintenance support for units stationed at Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province.

The unit was later given the jobs of providing vehicle maintenance, conducting battle-damage assessments, repairing damaged vehicles and conducting supply convoys throughout southern and western Afghanistan.


Local links, March 31

I’m back from a few days off. If you haven’t read it, check out my Sunday stories about the Stryker vehicle. In the main story, I covered a bit of the history and what folks across the military (from joes to generals) and Congress think about the vehicle today. In a sidebar, I wrote about future modifications to the vehicles. And you should check out the print edition: It’s got plenty of cool graphics, a box descrbing the 10 variants and a timeline of the Strykers vis-à-vis Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Other local links:

Military spouses

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Local links, March 17

The death of a 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division soldier seems to have generated a lot of buzz around Northwest news outlets, likely because of the personal demons she overcame during her teenage years.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
‘Lost child’ grew up to be a decorated soldier [Seattle Times]
Sheldon grad killed in Iraq ‘inspired people to be better’ [KVAL-TV]
‘She was somebody I wanted my daughter to look up to’ [KOMO-TV]
Sheldon High Grad Killed in Iraq [KEZI-TV]
Remembering Army Spc. Erin McLyman[KMTR-TV]

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Local links, March 9

Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord troops in southern Afghanistan yesterday ahead of a planned operation to take back parts of Kandahar province.

He spoke with soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment at Forward Operating Base Frontenac. From the AP story:

“You all have had a very tough time,” especially at the start of the tour, Gates told members of the 800-soldier unit. “You came into an area totally controlled by the Taliban. You fought for a critical battle space, you bled for it and now you own it.”

He told the troops that as the

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Local links, March 8

We could lead today’s local links list with easily the most newsworthy story of the weekend: Iraq’s parliamentary elections.

But readers of The News Tribune apparently like reading — and commenting on — something a bit closer to home: The sentencing of a Madigan Army Medical Center neurosurgeon for a 2009 road rage incident.

One quote from Dr. Dennis Geyer really appeared to rankle the masses: “As a West Point graduate, and a U.S. Army officer, I always speak the truth,” he told the judge. “I only struck Mr. Speed once. People may find that hard to believe, but

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