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Tag: I Corps

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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March
24th

University Place resident tapped as CASA

A retired major general with military and business roots in western Washington was tapped to be a civilian advisor to the Army’s top civilian leader.

James M. Collins took an oath Monday to begin a two-year term as Civilian Aide to the Secretary of the Army (or CASA) for Washington.

Collins, a University Place resident, served more than 35 years in the Army and retired after serving as deputy commander of I Corps at Fort Lewis. He later spent 22 years with the Federal Way-based Weyerhauser Company, most recently as the timber company’s vice president for procurement and energy.

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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
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
18th

Jacoby saw progress during deployment

Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby in Iraq

Iraq has made great progress in the past year with American combat troops withdrawing from cities and holding a successful election, but its gains could be derailed by both internal and external threats, the I Corps commander who served as the American military’s second-in-command in Iraq until this month said.

Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby also told reporters Thursday during a discussion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that the American military remains on schedule to reduce its numbers to 50,000 by September.

“We feel that, as we left, the security environment, the way the election was conducted and the way the results are starting to size up that drawdown of U.S. capabilities will continue on track,” he said. “That was our view when we left, and that’s the view of Gen. (Raymond) Odierno,” the top American commander in Iraq.

Jacoby landed with the final wave of 1,000 I Corps troops returning home from a yearlong deployment. The corps, based in Baghdad, ran day-to-day American military operations across the country, providing command and coordination of missions of troops across the country.
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March
18th

What next for I Corps?

Now that I Corps is home from its first official combat deployment since the Korean War, what’s next?

New faces and a return to the corps’ traditional mission of a focus on the Pacific region, corps commander Lt. Gen. Charles Jacoby said Thursday.

The corps bulked up its numbers and deployed to Iraq with almost 1,000 soldiers. The staffing level will drop to about 800 people. And even though its focus will look west – to countries like Korea and Japan – it will remain available to deploy worldwide.

“We’ll take a quick rest and get back to work,”

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March
16th

Local links, March 16

KPLU-FM broadcast a touching story yesterday about artist Mike Reagan and his hard work drawing portraits of fallen service members. The guy volunteers his time and countless hours to do this.

Other local links:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Election success a credit to Iraqi soliders, Diyala citizens (Op-Ed) [The News Tribune]

I Corps
I Corps Colors Casing [DVIDS]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
2nd Infantry Division Commanding General Visits Troops in the Field [DVIDS]

62nd Medical Brigade
A Cheering Audience’s Roar Crowns Baton Rouge Reserve Soldier Top Talent in Haiti

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March
15th

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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