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Nov.
2nd

Local links, Nov. 2

I was out since Wednesday, and plenty of news happened since then. Allow me, however, to promote my story of the use of burn pits at Joint Base Balad, Iraq, and elsewhere (the story also has this sidebar).

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:

Grieving a ‘very brave young man’ [The News Tribune]
Fort Lewis soldier wounded in Afghanistan can’t wait to go back [KING-TV]
Fort Lewis bids farewell to another ‘good soldier’ [The News Tribune]
Fort Lewis MP officer dies in Iraq noncombat incident [The News Tribune]

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Oct.
9th

Local links, Oct. 9

We begin today with the memorial service of Spc. Kevin Graham. Here’s my story from today’s newspaper, and here’s J.M. Simpson’s story from the Fort Lewis Ranger.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Memorials Become Common Occurrence at Ft. Lewis [Northwest News Network]
Rare illness claims life of Soldier in Afghanistan [Northwest Guardian]

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Combined Effort Works to Remove Tank Hulls From Iraqi Town [DVIDS]
Combined Effort Works to Remove Tank Hulls From Iraqi Town [DVIDS]
U.S. Army Medic Saves Young Iraqi

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Oct.
7th

Local links, Oct. 7

The Seattle Times’ Hal Bernton has two good dispatches from Afghanistan, where he’s embedded with Fort Lewis’ 5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division while on assignment for McClatchy Newspapers. He writes about the grueling pace of counterinsurgency in the Arghandab Valley and a slice-of-life blog post about a mutton feast.

Other local links:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division
Kandahar NATO base: hockey, discos and funerals [Agence France-Presse]
Army 10 Miler Held at Kandahar Airfield [DVIDS]

446th Airlift Wing
Tuskegee Airman takes part in promotion ceremony of next generation Airman [446th AW]

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Sep.
28th

A loss for the veteran community

The Seattle Times wrote this weekend about Ryan Job, a former Navy SEAL from Issaquah who was blinded from a sniper’s bullet and later became a spokesman for wounded veterans across the country. He died last week after an eight-hour surgery to rebuild his face.

I had a chance to talk to Job last year shortly before he climbed Mount Rainier with the folks of Camp Patriot, a nonprofit group that helps disabled veterans with outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, snowmobiling and mountaineering.

Job was a remarkable guy. If you get a chance, take some time to

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Sep.
11th

Everett admiral heading to Pearl Harbor

From the Pentagon:

Rear Adm. (lower half) Scott H. Swift, who has been selected for promotion to rear admiral, will be assigned as director for operations, J3, U.S. Pacific Command, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Swift is currently assigned as commander, Carrier Strike Group Nine, Everett, Wash.

Sep.
11th

Local links, Sept. 11

Today’s links start with a dispatch from our D.C. correspondent, Les Blumenthal, who writes about a recent trip by U.S. Rep. Adam Smith, D-Tacoma, to Pakistan and Afghanistan. The congressman — who sits own both the House Intelligence Committee and the armed services subcommittee that overseas special operations forces — stressed the importance of winning the AfPak fight.

“This is ground zero for al-Qaida,” Smith said. “They are still there, they are still plotting against the West. We have to deal with that threat. As much as we would like to avoid it, we can’t.”

Other local links include:

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Sep.
10th

Local links, Sept. 10

We begin with my coverage of yesterday’s memorial service for four Fort Lewis Stryker soldiers killed in Afghanistan. Other stories concerning local troops include:

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
4 slain Stryker soldiers honored at Fort Lewis [KOMO-TV]
Four Stryker soldiers remembered [Fort Lewis Blog]

Naval Base Kitsap:
Naval Base Kitsap Facilities Recognized for Conservation [Kitsap Sun]
Bremerton-Based Sub Connecticut Heads Out to Sea on Thursday [Kitsap Sun]
Couple Sentenced for Their Roles in Child Rape [Kitsap Sun]

Sep.
8th

Local links, Sept. 8

I’ve been away for a few days, but hopefully I didn’t miss much:

3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division:
Two from Fort Lewis die in vehicle rollover [The News Tribune]
Amesbury soldier dies in Iraq [Boston Globe]
Fallen hero was ray of sunshine’ [Boston Herald]
Soldier recalled as ‘ray of sunshine’ [The Daily News of North Andover, Mass.]
Burnsville soldier dies in Iraq on second tour [Star-Tribune]
He was a husband. He was a father. He was a GI. [St. Paul Pioneer-Press]

5th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division

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