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Local links, April 6

Forward Operating Base Cobra, the bare-bones outpost in northern Diyala province that soldiers from 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s cavalry squadron moved into last year, has been receiving some upgrades lately. Among one of them is a new dining facility with contracted cooks (when Joe Barrentine and I were there, food was a major complaint among the joes). The soldiers named the new DFAC after Pfc. Erin McLyman, the Oregon native who was killed last month from indirect fire.

“I didn’t get a chance to know Pfc. McLyman, but I knew about her,” squadron commander Lt. Col. Joseph

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Local links, March 24

The 62nd Airlift Wing public affairs shop has an article about a staff sergeant serving in Chile as part of the U.S. military’s response to the Feb. 27 earthquake.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Suffering and Triumph in Iraq: a Sheikh’s Story [DVIDS]
Army and Navy Receive Medical Training [DVIDS]
Illuminating the Night to Increase Bases Safety [DVIDS]
Aruba Suq Micro-grant Surge Shows Unprecedented Progress [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Army hero Sgt. Anthony Paci laid to rest today [The Trentonian]
Progress in

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Local links, March 15

This weekend’s top story? The return of I Corps, of course.

Other local links:

I Corps
Star power returns to Joint Base Lewis-McChord [KING-TV]
50 local soldiers return from Iraq [KOMO-TV]
III Corps Uncases Colors, Begins Mission As Nucleus of U.S. Forces – Iraq [DVIDS]
Communication Wins Wars [DVIDS]

Joint Base Lewis-McChord
Stimulus spending? Next year will be big [The News Tribune]

McChord Field
Iraqi Children to Receive Refurbished Desks [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
U.S. soldier in Afghanistan has a dream [Associated Press]

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McChord crews deliver aid to Chile

Aircrews from Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 62nd Airlift Wing delivered medical personnel and equipment to Chile on Monday.

Two C-17 Globemaster III cargo jets picked up more than 80 airmen from 13 different bases at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas, and transported them to the South American country reeling from an 8.8-magnitude earthquake on Feb. 27.

The Air Force often calls upon Lewis-McChord aircrews to deliver emergency aid in disaster zones. In the past year, aircrews have flown to Haiti, American Samoa and Indonesia.

In Chile, medical crews will operate in the southern city of Angol and provide health services

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Local links, Feb. 18

The big U.S.-Afghan operation to clear the Marjah district of Helmand province has succeeded in allowing coalition forces to take control of main roads and government centers, the top Marine commander in southern Afghanistan said. For a refresher, Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment is along for the fight.

Other local links:

4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Crater Analysis Class Makes Big Impact on IA Soldiers [DVIDS]

17th Fires Brigade
Security Exercise [DVIDS]
Poll Station Recon [DVIDS]

Air Force
AMC Vice Commander Visits 380th AEW in

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Local links, Dec. 1

My story on the first day of Spc. Ivette Davila’s Article 32 hearing had to be cut quite a bit — for obvious and understandable reasons — but it’s worth checking out the longer version on FOB Tacoma.

Other local links:

McChord Air Force Base
McChord officials to use commercial jet fuel in demonstration [62nd AW]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Learning the Terrain – Package [DVIDS]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Arrowhead Brigade Has Their ‘Eye in the Sky’ [DVIDS]

17th Fires Brigade
COB Basra Marathoners run the gamut

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Local links, Nov. 23

Sean Naylor of the Army Times has this cool piece about soldiers from Fort Lewis’ 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment using info ops in their fight against the Taliban.

From the story:

As a crowd gathered to watch the spectacle, loudspeakers mounted on a Stryker rammed the message home: “We took these weapons from the dead Taliban that decided to fight Task Force Legion, and we took them from the cowardly Taliban that surrendered to us and are currently sitting in our jail.”

The in-your-face challenge to the insurgents was unprecedented. For years the Taliban had held sway here

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