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Tag: 593rd sustainment

April
8th

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, seacoastonline.com 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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April
6th

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.

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
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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March
9th

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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March
8th

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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March
4th

Local links, March 4

We’ve published the final articles Joe and I sent in from our trip to Iraq. Both are profiles: one of Capt. Junior Tupuola, a chaplain whose like took a long, twisting path to the service. The other is on Command Sgt. Maj. Frank Grippe, the top NCO in I Corps who is, to say the least, quite a personality.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
2-19th Iraqi Army Division, Task Force Wings Conduct a Large-scale Partnered Air Assault [DVIDS]

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Soldiers Gain More ‘trigger Time’ at EST 2000

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Feb.
17th

Local links, Feb. 17

I’m back from my latest Iraq trip (and they changed the name of Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base while I was gone?!?), so expect a lot more activity on this blog. And we can start with The Associated Press’ embed with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Here’s a piece about the difficulty in building trust between soldiers of 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment and Afghan village elders. And another, also from the AP’s Christopher Torchia, talks about the different kind of weaponry soldiers from 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment face.

Other local links:

593rd Sustainmen

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