JBLM Memorial
4:33 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Tears, Vows To Remember As Permanent Memorial Unveiled At JBLM

Debbie Ward, in pink, fights tears as she looks at a newly unveiled memorial for fallen military police soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Her son PFC Aaron Ward was killed in Iraq in 2008.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:54 pm

As a decade of war winds down, Joint Base Lewis-McChord is adding to a memorial park for the fallen.

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JBLM Stabbing Arrests
5:53 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

3 Wash. Soldiers Jailed Following Stabbing Death

Credit Wikimedia Commons

Three Washington-based soldiers are in jail after the stabbing death of a fellow soldier over the weekend. The arrests came after the person who allegedly wielded the knife sought medical treatment for a cut to his hand.

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Robert Bales
6:07 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Staff Sgt. Bales To Plead Guilty

Credit High Desert Warrior / Northwest News Network

Army staff sergeant Robert Bales will plead guilty next week to murdering 16 Afghan villagers in early morning raids last year. The plea allows the soldier from western Washington’s Joint-Base Lewis McCord to avoid the death penalty. John Henry Browne, an attorney for Bales, says his client will detail his own version of the crimes as part of the plea deal.

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Sergeant Convicted At JBLM
3:49 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Guilty Verdict At JBLM In Trial Of Sgt. Accused of Baghdad Shooting Spree

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:39 am

A case that featured harrowing testimony of combat-related mental illness ended Monday with a guilty verdict. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted for murdering five fellow servicemen at a military mental health clinic in Baghdad in 2009.

A military judge found the 48-year-old Texas native guilty of premeditated murder. A public affairs spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma says Sergeant Russell showed no visible reaction.

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Tuition Assistance
4:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Sequester Suspends Tuition Assistance For Troops

Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Defense Department has suspended a workplace benefit cherished by many soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen. The agency has put tuition assistance on indefinite hold because of the automatic federal budget cuts known as the "sequester."

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Women In Combat
5:37 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

JBLM Soldiers Don't Expect 'Rush' Of Females To Combat Roles

Two themes emerged from a roundtable of mostly female soldiers at the U.S. Army's biggest West Coast post. Joint Base Lewis-McChord organized the panel Thursday to speak on the Pentagon's decision to allow women into combat roles.

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Women In Combat
5:16 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Women Soldiers Reflect On New Army Career Options

Spc. Heidi Olson and Major Sheila Medeiros reflect on their career options at JBLM.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

The Pentagon's decision to allow women in combat roles has some female soldiers rethinking their career trajectories.

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Robert Bales Trial
4:42 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Judge Orders Sanity Review For Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Courtesy Maj. Brent Clemmer

  The Army staff sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in an overnight rampage last March was arraigned in a military court room south of Tacoma Thursday. He could face death if found guilty.

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JBLM Helicopter Crash
5:42 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Mid-Air Crash At JBLM Brought Down Helicopters In 2011

OH58 Kiowa Warrior
Credit U.S. Army

A new Army report confirms it was a mid-air crash that brought down two Army helicopters at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord a year ago. It happened during a night vision training exercise.

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Robert Bales Pretrial Hearing
4:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Pretrial Hearing For Staff Sgt. Bales Concludes

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales' wife Karilyn, middle, listens as her sister reads a family statement to reporters at the conclusion of the pretrial hearing.
Credit Austin Jenkins

A pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has concluded at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Bales is the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year – most of them young children. The defense is focused on Bales’ state of mind.

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