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Category: Generals


Former JBLM commander headed to South Korea as slots for generals change hands

The military’s summer shuffle of command assignments is shaking up a few of the top posts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Two deputy commanding generals for Lewis-McChord’s I Corps on Wednesday said goodbye to the base.

One, Maj. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, is moving on to command all Army installations in the Washington, D.C. area. The other, Canadian Brig. Gen. Jean-Marc Lanthier, is returning to a command assignment in Quebec.

Meanwhile, a recent I Corps commander is heading to South Korea.

Lt. Gen. Curtis “Mike” Scaparrotti, who only last June came home with Lewis-McChord’s headquarters from a yearlong assignment in

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Inslee’s tax credit for hiring veterans and a Seattle job fair aim to smooth transitions for soldiers


Lt. Gen. Robert Brown visited Amazon this week to praise the company’s veterans’ hiring initiatives. Photo by Maj. Johnpaul Arnold.

Army and state leaders this week put a spotlight on programs aimed at hiring more veterans, seeking to build ties between the military and private employers as the Armed Forces enters a period of downsizing.

Gov. Jay Inslee today proposed a tax credit that would go to businesses that hire unemployed veterans.

His proposal says the credit would be up to percent of wages (maxing out at $3,000) for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans or

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JBLM Army commander: Pacific exercises to pick up over next year

In case you missed it, here’s more evidence that the Army is planning to use Joint Base Lewis-McChord as a launching pad for increased work in the Pacific.

Lewis-McChord senior Army officer Lt. Gen. Robert Brown earlier this month told the Puget Sound Business Journal that soldiers under his command will head to Pacific nations for up to five major military exercises every year and 10 smaller ones.

He was describing the Defense Department’s push to reorient its focus to the Pacific as the war in Afghanistan draws down.

“It’s significant, it’s historical, we’re proud to be part

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Washington National Guard has new boss – Brig. Gen. Bret Daugherty

Gov. Chris Gregoire today announced a new adjutant general for the Washington National Guard – its first new leader in 13 years.

Brig. Gen. Bret Daugherty will take over the position from Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg, who is retiring after 44 years of military service.

Daugherty is currently the National Guard’s assistant adjutant general. After his promotion, he will be commander for all Washington Army and Air National Guard forces, as well as director for the State’s emergency management and enhanced 911 programs.

Daugherty has more than 32 years of military experience, including 22 years in the Washington National

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Lt. Gen. Brown stresses strategic shift to the Pacific as he takes command of I Corps at JBLM

A veteran officer who led one of the first Stryker brigades to fight in the Iraq War returned to the South Sound on Tuesday and took command of more than 35,000 soldiers in Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps.

Lt. Gen. Robert Brown relieved outgoing Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, who last month completed a yearlong deployment in Afghanistan with the I Corps. Scaparrotti is headed to the Pentagon, where he will be director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

As the war in Afghanistan draws down, the Army wants Brown to make two important pivots for the I Corps, one overseas

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Outgoing general at JBLM anticipated a year guiding Army life at home, instead led war from Kabul

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti became the senior Army officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord a year and a half ago expecting to join a “full nest” of soldiers at home in the South Sound focusing on leadership, training and discipline.

Instead, the Army tapped Scaparrotti to become the No. 2 commander of the war in Afghanistan. Lewis-McChord stayed mostly full in his absence, but the commanding general’s attention centered on the war.

He’s handing his command to Lt. Gen. Robert Brown tomorrow in a ceremony where some 2,000 soldiers are expected to take to Lewis-McChord’s main parade grounds. Scaparrotti’s moving on

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“We lost a year” general says about former JBLM Stryker commander Col. Harry Tunnell

Add this to the literature of investigations looking into the leadership of former Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade commander Col. Harry Tunnell: The No. 2 American general in Afghanistan once waned to oust Tunnell during his combat tour in 2009-10.

That insight comes from a new book by Washington Post reporter Rajiv Chandrasekaran, author of Imperial Life in the Emerald City.

An excerpt from Chandrasekaran’s Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan focusing on Tunnell ran today in It’s another layer to the well documented dissonance between Tunnell and his NATO commanders.

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General: JBLM Stryker forces in fight for last Taliban strongholds

Two Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades are fighting in the main battleground of southern Afghanistan this summer, the war’s outgoing deputy commander said in an interview today.

About 7,500Lewis-McChord soldiers are centered on hostile territory in between Kandahar and Helmand provinces. It’s considered the birthplace of the Taliban and insurgents are throwing all they can at that territory to tip the balance against Afghan government and NATO forces.

“We don’t have a hold yet,” on the Kandahar districts of Maiwand and Panjwai where the Lewis-McChord brigades are mostly stationed, Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti said.

He spoke to reporters this morning

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