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Category: 62nd Airlift Wing

Jan.
31st

JBLM Air Force squadrons trading places for two-month deployments

 

About 60 airmen are deploying out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord today for a two-month mission supporting troops in Afghanistan and other locations around the Middle East.

Lewis-McChord’s 8th Airlift Squadron is due to replace another local unit, the 10th Airlift Squadron, at two bases in what the Air Force calls Southwest Asia. The 10th Airlift Squadron should be home in the next few weeks.

The airmen regularly fly C-17 Globemaster III jets to deliver troops and supplies to the war in Afghanistan. On past deployments, they also have been tapped to support missions in North Africa.

Jan.
28th

Air Force honors JBLM airman who protected soldiers on the ground in 12-hour battle with Taliban

 

Lt. Gen. Eric E. Fiel, Air Force Special Operations Command commander, pins the Silver Star Medal on to Staff Sgt. Adam Krueger of Joint Base Leiw’s McChord’s 22nd Special Tactics Squadron. Photo by Air Force Staff Sgt. Sean Tobin.

The chief of Air Force Special Operations visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord last week to pin a Silver Star on an airman who guided NATO air power through a 12-hour firefight with Afghan insurgents almost three years ago.

Staff Sgt.  Adam Krueger of the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron earned recognition for his

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Dec.
14th

Accused JBLM pilot not guilty on all charges stemming from paratrooper’s death

A 10-officer court-martial panel today found Joint Base Lewis-McChord pilot Jared Foley innocent of dereliction of duty and reckless endangerment in the 2011 death of an Army paratrooper from the West Virginia National Guard.

Foley, 37, had faced two and a half years in prison for approving an airdrop that led to the death of Sgt. Francis Campion, 31, of Hollidaysburg, Pa.

Foley closed his eyes and seemed to hold back tears when the court-martial panel president read the verdict. Capt. Sarah Carlson, one of Foley’s defense attorneys, could not stop from crying.

All of the attorneys in the case

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Dec.
13th

JBLM trial update: Pilot’s fate is in jury’s hands; family of fallen paratrooper upset with blame game

6:30 p.m. update: Closing arguments are complete and a court-martial panel composed of 10 Air Force officers is weighing the reckless endangerment and dereliction of duty charges against Capt. Jared Foley. A verdict could come tonight, but seems more likely to be released tomorrow.

Prosecutor Capt. Mark Rosenow showed respect to Foley’s reputation as a careful, meticulous pilot but charged that Foley made a fatal error when he allowed a sixth pass over a Montana Air Field on July 10, 2011  after the previous jump ended with a paratrooper landing outside of an established drop zone.

Under Air Force regulations,

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Dec.
12th

JBLM trial update: Army officer on ground encouraged airdrop that caused jumper’s death

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Capt. Jared Foley and his crew in a C-17 Globemaster III were ready to turn back home after a paratrooper landed outside of a planned drop zone on a July 2011 training exercise.

The National Guard parachutist jumped from the plane’s fifth pass over a Montana landing zone, and the error caused the crew to cancel a planned sixth and seventh run.

Then an Army safety officer on the ground called the C-17 crew with a new assessment: The paratrooper missed his drop zone because of his own errors. The Army officer told the Air Force crew

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Dec.
11th

Trial update: Senior JBLM Air Force commanders could testify for accused pilot

Two of Joint Base Lewis-McChord highest ranking Air Force commanders could be called to testify on behalf of a pilot who is facing a court-martial stemming from a training exercise that resulted in the death of an Army paratrooper.

The accused pilot, Capt. Jared Foley, was well regarded among top officers in Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing, and until recently provided daily operations briefings to commanding officer Col. Wyn Elder.

“I thought (Foley) did a fine job with the task at hand” in those daily briefings, said Col. Thomas Jackson, commander of the wing’s maintenance group.

Foley’s court-martial started Tuesday at

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Dec.
11th

JBLM C-17 pilot pleads not guilty to charges stemming from 2011 airdrop death

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord pilot today pleaded not guilty to charges of reckless endangerment and dereliction of duty in the 2011 death of a Special Forces paratrooper near a Montana training ground.

Capt. Jared Foley is alert and attentive at the start of his court-martial. The hearing is off to a slow start because of a technical glitch in the courtroom’s recording system.

So far, the main arguments center on what kind of testimony senior Air Force officers can give in court.

Air Force Capt. Mark Rosenow submitted a motion to bar witnesses from offering opinions about whether a reasonable

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Dec.
4th

One JBLM airlift squadron heads overseas, another comes home

Two squadrons of airmen from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing changed places in the past week: One departed for a two-month mission in the Middle East, and another returned from a similar assignment.

The 10th Airlift Squadron left last week with about 75 airmen for its assignment delivering supplies and troops to bases in a region that stretches from the Horn of Africa to Afghanistan. It’s the second overseas mission for the squadron this year.

“Just as I said back in February, it is an honor to deploy as the commander of a flying squadron in a time of

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