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Tag: 4/2

April
5th

Local links, April 5

If you haven’t had a chance, check out my colleague Steve Maynard’s excellent report about families coping with the loss of a loved one during combat.

He profiles the parents of Parkland’s Sgt. Thomas F. Allison, killed in 2002 when his helicopter crashed in the Philippines; the widow of Sgt. Gabriel DeRoo, who was killed by small-arms fire in Mosul in 2006; and the mother of Sgt. Michael T. Washington, the Tacoma Marine killed in 2008 from an IED strike in Afghanistan.

Other local links:

62nd Medical Brigade
Soldiers ‘eager’ to lend hand in Haiti [The News

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April
2nd

Madigan prepares for returning Strykers

Three Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigades are returning home from war this year, and Madigan Army Medical Center will temporarily expand its behavioral-health staff and implement new screening programs to deal with the mental-health issues of deployment.

Hospital staff will be paying particular attention to 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, which has lost 35 soldiers and seen frequent combat since it deployed to southern Afghanistan last July.

Piggybacking off post-deployment programs already in place, Madigan officials will collect additional behavioral-health information and screen them again shortly after they return home.

“It’s no surprise the Army is searching for the right answer for this: How do you take care of soldiers and families during this whole cycle?” said Col. Mark Thompson, the hospital’s deputy commander for clinical services.
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March
31st

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
Abrupt

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March
29th

O’Reilly’s full Stryker critique

I wrote the Sunday centerpiece about the Stryker vehicle. Most of the story quotes people who think the Stryker is the right platform for the military for today’s wars and future wars.

Of course, some disagree. One such person, Irish author Victor O’Reilly, was one of the system’s most vocal critics during the transformation a decade ago. He wrote a report for a congressman (he “measured my research material in yards and had sources from the CSA’s office to the Air Force”) before the first brigade went into Iraq that panned the system.

Years later, he’s still not convinced. I can to briefly summarize what he wrote me. But I hope it can spark conversation by posting his full critique here. It’s just below the jump:
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March
23rd

Local links, March 23

My colleague Joyce Chen had a great piece in yesterday’s paper about a CID agent from Lewis-McChord who was helping raise cash for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Other local links:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Military plans to give troops longer rest time [The News Tribune]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Rosenblum: Historic day for democracy [Savannah Morning News]

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Working to Restore Iraq’s Past for the Future [DVIDS]
6th Iraqi Army Division, 4-2 SBCT Open New Operations Center [DVIDS]
Engineers Attend JOC Grand Opening [DVIDS]

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March
22nd

Local links, March 22

If you haven’t had a chance — and the news of the health-care reform bill passing the House has pushed it down our homepage — check out the story of some local Women Airforce Service Pilots. I got a chance to interview two of them, and I had more fun during those two sit-downs than with almost any other interview in a long time.

Other local links:

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Fort Lewis unit detonates 1930s-era mortar shell near Kelso airport [The Daily News]
City of Olympia, port focus on military cargo [The Olympian]

2nd Battalion,

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March
19th

Local links, March 19

It’s always nice to see a former Fort Lewis guy doing good. So from the Times-Picayune comes a short blurb about Karlos Knott, a former Lewis soldier who founded the Bayou Teche brewer in Louisiana.

From the story:

Karlos Knott, the brewery’s founder, got a taste for quality beer while serving as an Army calvary scout in Germany. Later he was stationed at Ft. Lewis in Washington state, one of the hotbeds of American microbrews. He took up home brewing in 1994. When he came home, Knott and his brothers, who all live on the Arnaudville farm, created beers

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March
17th

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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