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Tag: Stryker


Deadly rampage turns up the heat on U.S. mission

This editorial will appear in Tuesday’s print edition.

There’s a lot we don’t know yet about the tragic shooting rampage in Afghanistan on Sunday, allegedly by a lone Stryker soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

We don’t know yet what set him off and led to the murders of 16 Afghan civilians, including nine children and three women. Was it alcohol, drugs, mental illness, stress related to having already served three tours in Iraq? A combination of one or more of those factors?

We don’t know yet why someone who works with the staff sergeant – a 38-year-old soldier, 11-year veteran, husband and father – didn’t recognize that he was troubled and get him some kind of help. The Army has been promoting its increased focus on mental health services for U.S. troops, especially in light of higher rates of suicide and stress related to serving in war zones.
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Fort Lewis forces pay high price for war

For many Americans, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are far off in the distance, with little impact on their own lives. But here in the South Sound, they resonate as clearly as the sound of artillery during training exercises and as visibly as the transport planes that fly overhead.

Because of the presence of Fort Lewis, few other places in America so deeply feel the weight of war and know the cost of it. The single deadliest day so far for our forces was Monday, when eight Stryker soldiers were killed in two separate roadside bomb attacks in Afghanistan.

On Wednesday, they and 10 other Americans came home. President Obama was at Dover Air Force Base, Del. – the first time a president has been present when remains of fallen military arrived. Read more »