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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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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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Honoring Madigan’s deployed


Master Sgt. Dylan Gould flashes a wide smile and holds his teenage daughter in the photo. But that picture was taken during happier times, before the Lacey resident deployed to serve as a biomedical equipment specialist in Afghanistan.

Still, the sight of his photo alongside 83 others at the unveiling of the hospital’s Deployed Warrior Wall on Thursday left his wife, Debra, beaming.

“Being on a post that has a lot of soldiers deploying often, most people don’t realize (soldiers at Madigan) deploy – especially because they don’t leave as a unit,” said Debra, who volunteers at the hospital with the American Red Cross. “Every month we’ll have two, four, seven, eight soldiers leave. And I think they’ve been forgotten a little bit.”

About 100 people gathered the unveiling ceremony. Family members, soldiers and staffers clapped as relatives of the deployed removed felt coverings to show the glass cases holding 84 pieces of matting, many with photos and decorated by family members.

Soldiers like Capt. Jason Sapp and Maj. Sean Hermick, both in Afghanistan attached to Fort Lewis’ 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division. Or Lt. Col. Laura Feider and Col. Keith Salzman, both serving in Iraq.

“We’re doing something special for them,” Madigan commander Col. Jerry Penner said, “because it’s the right thing to do.”

Soldiers at Madigan typically deploy in small units or as individuals; as such, many often don’t receive the large deployment or homecoming ceremonies other units do. The Deployed Warrior Wall is an opportunity to recognize their sacrifice, Penner said.

“We want our soldiers and their families to know we’re proud of them,” he said. “And it’s for the kids. We want them to be able to come here and say, ‘Hey, look, there’s Mom.’ Or, ‘Hey, look, there’s Dad.’”

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New lift program comes to Madigan

Madigan Army Medical Center will have a ribbon cutting to celebrate a new safety program. Here’s the press release:

Madigan to celebrate Safe Patient Handling achievement

The Safe Patient Handling Team at Madigan Army Healthcare System, the U.S. Army Medical Command-designated pilot site for Safe Patient Handling, will have a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Dec. 9 at 2:30 p.m. to celebrate the installation of patient ceiling lifts, considered to be the gold standard in this innovative staff safety program. The program is being implemented at Madigan in collaboration with the United States Army Public Health Command.

Safe Patient Handling has

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Coming together over turkey

Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune
Photo by Janet Jensen/The News Tribune

The reservists are training to deploy to Iraq. The California National Guard soldiers are returning from a yearlong tour in Kosovo.

That meant another Thanksgiving away from family.

But, they said Thursday, they weren’t alone on the holiday.

Food servers – including guest appearances by members of the hospital’s command staff in dress uniform – dished up turkey, ham and roast beef for about 300 soldiers, patients, employees and family members at the Madigan Army Medical Center cafeteria.

The group of six soldiers sat around a table, cracking jokes, sharing stories and digging into turkey and mashed potatoes.

“I’ve missed three Thanksgivings with family in a row now,” said Spc. Jacob Miller, a Louisiana native set to deploy with a medical detachment. “So to be able to have friends in this unit and have the Army set this up, it means so much. It’s just beautiful.”

A comedian who has been performing at the hospital played smooth tunes on the keyboard. The dining area featured a large dessert spread and an ice swan sculpture.
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Local links, Nov. 20

On a day that soldiers, family members and friends gathered to pay their respects to Spc. Aaron S. Aamot and Spc. Gary L. Gooch Jr., the Pentagon released the name of another casualty from 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division: Spc. Joseph M. Lewis.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Fort Lewis remembers two soldiers from a hard-hit platoon [Seattle Times]

Madigan Army Medical Center
Former local man shot at Fort Hood still improving [The Bulletin]

Fort Lewis
Deployed Magician Brings Laughter, Entertainment to Iraq [DVIDS]


Local links, Oct. 21

Hal Bernton, the Seattle Times reporter working in Afghanistan, talked with KUOW-FM yesterday about his experiences in South Asia, including an embed with 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Bomb kills Fort Lewis soldier in Afghanistan [The News Tribune]
Fort Lewis soldier dies in Afghanistan [Seattle Times]
23-year-old soldier from Moreno Valley dies in Afghanistan battle [Valley News]
Habersham man wounded in Afghanistan [The Northeast Georgian]
Lone Medic [DVIDS]

I Corps/Multi-National Corps-Iraq:
Report Finds Lapses in Handling of G.I. Accused

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