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Category: Generals


Retiring JBLM general served all over the world, led I Corps in tough year at home

The deputy commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps is retiring tomorrow, ending a 32-year Army career in which he led an infantry brigade in Iraq, served as a representative for North Korean nuclear negotiations and worked with Egyptian armed forces.

Maj. Gen. Lloyd Miles spent the last two years of his Army life at Lewis-McChord, where he oversaw brigades training for combat missions in Afghanistan and served as Lewis-McChord’s senior Army officer during the yearlong deployment of Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti.

In Scaparrotti’s absence, Miles managed a challenging year for the I Corps at home. Lewis-McChord saw

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JBLM’s I Corps home from war – “We did everything we set out to do.”

The round-the-clock days are over for Sgt. 1st Class Sonia Reyes. She’s home from her yearlong deployment with Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps and getting ready to spend some quality time with the baby she left behind last summer.

“It’s been hard for me to leave my firstborn,” said Reyes, 31, who was on her fourth deployment.

She landed at Gray Army Air Field at Lewis-McChord this afternoon with about of 50 fellow soldiers from the I Corps. She tearfully smiled at her baby, her husband and his daughter while their friends took photos of the reunited family.

She said

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JBLM commander coming home from war, setting stage for changes in top ranks

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s top commander is  heading home from Afghanistan tomorrow, ending a yearlong deployment in which he and about 600 soldiers from the I Corps ran the war’s daily combat operations.

Lt. Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti yesterday gave a round of interviews with Pentagon reporters as he prepared to hand over his position as the war’s No. 2 commander to Lt. Gen. James Terry. The interviews centered on supply routes that ignore Pakistan because of frayed relations and new limits on drone strikes.

The News Tribune spoke with Scaparrotti in Afghanistan two months ago,

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Maj. Gen. Lanza will lead division at JBLM

The Army this morning released the name of the two-star general who will command the new division headquarters that sets up this fall at Joint Base Lewis-McChord – the first division HQ here in more than 20 years.

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, an Iraq war veteran who currently works as the Army’s chief of public affairs, will assume command of the 7th Infantry Division Headquarters when the unit is reactivated Oct. 1.

“The growth of this installation, and its increased significance in our nation’s defense strategy, makes this an important and challenging assignment,” Secretary of the Army

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Army says new 7th Infantry Division headquarters at JBLM to focus on training and discipline

The Army is building a new headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but it will be unlike other commands for two-star generals across the country in that it will not be asked to deploy for combat.

Instead, the 7th Infantry Division will focus on mentorship, training and discipline at Lewis-McChord, Secretary of the Army John McHugh said during a Thursday visit to the base south of Tacoma.

Those are stateside responsibilities that have come under scrutiny at Lewis-McChord because of a series of high-profile crimes committed by troops stationed there, including the 2010 “kill team” homicides of three noncombatants in southern

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Embed update: U.S. troops fight “green on blue” killings with caution, relationships

KABUL – Army Command Sgt. Major John Troxell is one of the highest ranking, most experienced U.S. soldiers fighting in Afghanistan this year. His counterpart in the Afghan army has the same prestige.

They trust each other, but whenever they meet one another, each soldier brings a personal security team.

“I always have someone locked and loaded, passively watching,” Troxell said.

His safety precautions are being replicated throughout the NATO headquarters where he works and its connected bases around Kabul.

They grew in importance this year in the wake of a string of incidents that left 17 NATO service members

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Embed update: Touching down to breaking news in Kabul

Well, this is an interesting day to get to Kabul.

Peter and I were in a bubble today when insurgent attacks broke out in Kabul and in several other provinces. We were flying from Kandahar Air Field to Kabul International Airport to connect with the war’s commanders from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s I Corps.

At the time, we thought our main conflict for the day was going to be the guy from KBR who didn’t want to let us through his terminal to the French air force cargo plane that was booked for the Kabul flight. We made it,

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General expresses confidence in JBLM command

A visiting general with oversight of Joint Base Lewis-McChord said this morning that he has confidence in the chain of command at the base south of Tacoma, and blamed “unfortunate headlines” for pinning Lewis-McChord with the label of America’s most troubled military installation.

Gen. David M. Rodriguez is the commanding general of U.S. Army Forces Command, based at Fort Bragg, N.C. FORSCOM is the Army’s largest command and the higher headquarters for I Corps and conventional forces at Lewis-McChord.

He was at the base today for a briefing and decided to hold a press conference to address multiple media reports

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