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Tag: 81st brigade

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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March
1st

UPDATED: Lower your flags

From the guv’s office:

Governor Chris Gregoire has directed flags at all Washington State agencies lowered to half-staff on Monday, March 1, 2010, in memory of U. S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Eric L. Ward, 19, of Redmond, who was killed in Afghanistan on February 21.

Flags should remain at half-staff until close of business on Monday, or until first thing Tuesday morning, March 2.

UPDATE: Got this today:

Governor Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at all Washington State agency facilities be lowered to half-staff Tuesday, March 2, in memory of Specialist William C. Spencer who died of injuries

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Feb.
26th

Washington Guardsman dies from Iraq injury

A Washington National Guard soldier from Tacoma who chose to stay in Iraq after his unit returned home died Wednesday in an American military hospital in Germany.

Sgt. William Spencer, 40, was injured in Iraq and evacuated to Landstuhl Regional Medical Center. The injury was not combat related, according to a National Guard press release.

A Pentagon press release said Spencer died “while supporting combat operations at Combat Outpost Marez” in the northern city of Mosul.

Spencer deployed with the 81st Brigade Combat Team in August 2009 and chose to stay with the Mississippi National Guard unit that replaced

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Feb.
26th

Local links, Feb. 26

The Olympian carried a brief today about an event next week dubbed Religion in Wartime. It’ll take place at The Evergreen State College and features some local military names, including James Yee, the former Fort Lewis chaplain who later served at Gitmo and was accused of spying and espionage. (He was later cleared and previously has had some unfriendly things to say about the military’s tolerance of Islam.)

Capt. Kelly Hansen, a chaplain at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will also be there. She deployed in 2008-09 with the Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team.

Other local links:

24th Quartermaster

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Nov.
12th

Local links, Nov. 12

I’m catching up on almost a week’s worth of links (I was out of town), but obviously the biggest story while I was gone was the memorial service for the seven fallen Fort Lewis soldiers. Vice President Joe Biden was in attendance.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Injured Fort Lewis soldier back from the brink [The News Tribune]
Two more from Fort Lewis confirmed killed in Afghanistan [The News Tribune]
Fort Lewis Memorial: Going back to Louisiana [The News Tribune]
Fallen Stryker soldier: ‘Not once did he quit or complain’ [The News Tribune]
‘Faith will help us out,’ Fort Lewis soldier’s family says [Bellingham Herald]
Biden: 7 Wash. state soldiers were extraordinary [AP]
Vice President Lauds Fallen Fort Lewis Soldiers [KPLU-FM]
7 fallen Stryker Brigade soldiers honored at Fort Lewis [Seattle Times]
Roadside bomb kills two Fort Lewis soldiers [KOMO-TV]
Soldier from Ocala killed in Afghanistan [Orlando Sentinel]
West Bank soldier killed in Afghanistan mourned at service in Harvey [Times-Picayune]
Ferndale Graduate Killed In Action In Afghanistan [KGMI-AM]
Memorial for Vancouver Soldier Killed in Afghanistan [KUOW-FM]
SF units to get latest Land Warrior kit [Army Times]
Fallen soldier was to return for Thanksgiving [ocala.com]
Custer soldier killed in Afghanistan explosion [Lynden Tribune]
Biden honors fallen Fort Lewis soldiers [KOMO-TV]
Vice President Biden Honors Soldiers Killed in Afghanistan at Ceremony at Fort Lewis [ABC]
My husband is at war [San Francisco Chronicle]
On The Scene In Afghanistan: A Deadly Day For U.S. Soldiers [NPR]
Funeral Procession for Spc. Kyle A. Coumas [thepinetree.net]
Combat Advisors See Afghan Troops in Action [DVIDS]
U.S. combat injuries rise sharply [Washington Post]
Perdue visiting soldiers in Iraq [Jacksonville Times-Union]
Crossroads of Afghanistan-Contested Province Is Vital Link [DVIDS]
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Oct.
13th

Pros, joes, Sea Gals and an Xbox

RENTON – Tech. Sgt. Brian King can’t count the number of times he’s driven past the Seattle Seahawks’ training facility and wondered what it’d be like to hang out with the players.

He calls himself a “huge, gigantic fan” of the team. He once had an opportunity be a part of an honor guard before kickoff at Qwest Field, an experience he calls one of the highlights of his life.

Until he jammed out to some Aerosmith with tight end John Carlson and defensive tackle Craig Terrill.

“It’s like a dream,” the 34-year-old Air National Guardsmen from Puyallup said Tuesday. “It took a while to digest that I was really here. I couldn’t be happier right now.”

He was one of about 25 soldiers and airmen at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center for the Pro vs. GI Joe event, which had players and service members competing in Xbox 360 games against troops deployed to Qatar.

The Hawks and the joes cracked jokes, posed for photos and talked trash over rounds of Guitar Hero, Call of Duty 4 and Halo. Oversized speakers thumped out the sounds of the video games, and plasma TVs displayed the game and a choppy video feed from Qatar, where troops deployed to Iraq go for a short break from the war.
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Oct.
12th

Local links, Oct. 12

Agence France-Presse has embedded with the cavalry soldiers of 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. They’re serving in Spin Boldak along the Pakistani border, and the story focuses on the soldiers setting up a meeting for local leaders.

Sounds like things are pretty quiet down there: “I feel like we are social workers with guns because, for the most part, the enemy threat is not very strong here so our main focus is go meet the population and build infrastructure,” Lt. Mike Stahlke told the wire service.

Another dispatch that ran today talks about the rough terrain. Mine Resistant

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