Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Pretrial Hearing For Robert Bales
5:50 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Bales Hearing Underway

Prosecutors have made opening arguments in a hearing for the Washington soldier accused of massacring 16 Afghan villagers earlier this year. The pretrial hearing for Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is expected to last several days.

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Pretrial Hearing For Robert Bales
5:02 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Prosecutors: Video Shows Caped Sgt. Bales Returning From Murders

Army prosecutors have outlined their case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in two villages. At a pretrial hearing Monday the prosecution played nighttime surveillance video.

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Pretrial Hearing For Robert Bales
4:26 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Army Prosecutors: Sgt. Bales Exhibited 'Sheer Brutality'

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
Credit Maj. Brent Clemmer

Army prosecutors say Staff Sgt. Robert Bales murdered 16 Afghan civilians in two villages this past March in an act of “sheer brutality.” That was the opening argument at a pretrial hearing Monday to determine if Bales will face a full court martial and possibly the death penalty.

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Purple Hearts Awarded
6:46 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Five Wash. Soldiers With Brain Injuries Receive Purple Hearts

Five Washington soldiers with brain injuries are awarded a Purple Heart in a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Five Washington-based soldiers with Traumatic Brain Injuries have received the Purple Heart. They were honored Monday at a ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. In 2011, the Army issued new standards for awarding Purple Hearts to soldiers with brain injuries. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Afghan Massacre Suspect
6:04 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Accused Afghan Massacre Suspect Returns To JBLM

Sgt. Robet Bales is charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year.
Maj. Brent Clemmer

The Army sergeant charged with killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year has arrived back in Washington. That confirmation came late Monday from an official at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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JBLM Soldiers Killed
4:37 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Three JBLM Soldiers Killed In Sunday Attack

The Defense Department says three of four soldiers killed Sunday in Afghanistan were from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A NATO spokesman said that Afghan police turned on the soldiers during an attack at a remote checkpoint. All three men were members of the 3rd Stryker Brigade stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

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NW Soldiers Killed
5:16 pm
Thu June 14, 2012

Twelve JBLM Soldiers Killed In Afghanistan Since January

Sgt. 1st Class Barett McNabb is the 12th Washington based soldier to die in Afghanistan this year.
Northwest News Network

An Army combat engineer has become the 12th Washington based soldier to die in Afghanistan this year. The pace of deaths has picked up in recent weeks as the summer fighting season begins.

The Army says Sgt. 1st Class Barett McNabb was killed by an improvised explosive device. He was on his fourth deployment, but his first to Afghanistan.

McNabb is just the latest soldier from Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord to die in Afghanistan. May was the deadliest month so far this year with six soldier deaths.

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Military Disability Evaluations
4:11 pm
Wed May 23, 2012

Murray Hearing on VA / DOD Wait Time for Disability Evaulations

Washington Senator Patty Murray grilled VA and DOD leaders about the wait times during a committee hearing Wednesday.
U.S. Senate

Five years ago the Defense Department and VA made an effort to streamline the process. It hasn’t worked.

The evaluations are a critical step for injured service members who are preparing to leave the military. Washington Senator Patty Murray is Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Murray grilled VA and DOD leaders about the wait times during a committee hearing Wednesday.

Murray: “That’s unacceptable for someone just waiting to figure out what they’re going to do with the rest of their lives.”

The GAO’s report found that last year active duty troops waited nearly 400 days for evaluations, longer for National Guard and Reserve.Further Murray says she’s concerned about the evaluation process itself known as IDES which can have the effect of seeming to pit commanders against soldiers.

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2nd Stryker Brigade Deploys
5:06 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Emotional Send-Off As 4,000 Northwest Soldiers Deploy To Afghanistan

Members of the 2nd Stryker Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord prepare to "case" their flags in preparation for a nine month deployment to Afghanistan.
Photo credit: Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Nearly 4,000 Northwest-based soldiers are about to deploy for nine months to Afghanistan. The Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade received a formal send off Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. The departure comes amid continuing fallout from the case of suspected Afghan shooter Sgt. Robert Bales.

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Lewis-Mchord
5:15 pm
Tue March 13, 2012

Lewis-McChord Lt. Col. Charged With Threatening To Kill Wife, Girlfriend, Boss

OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Lieutenant Colonel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend, his estranged wife and his Army boss. The allegations come just days after another Lewis-McChord soldier was accused of a murderous attack on Afghan civilians.

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