Military and Defense

Northwest Troops
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Northwest Soldier Homecomings Signal End Of War In Afghanistan

Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed July 10, 2013 5:01 pm

For more than a decade, Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been sending soldiers off to war and welcoming them back home. Now this cycle of deployments and homecomings is winding down.

Over the next month, more than 1,000 soldiers from the 4th Stryker Brigade will return home. More than 200 were welcomed back Wednesday. And this time they don’t expect to go back to Afghanistan.

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Military Base Buffer Lands
4:27 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Federal Agencies Pool Money To Preserve Buffer Around Military Base

File photo of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team training at JBLM in 2012.
Credit Spc. Reese Von Rogatsz / US Army

Urban development around military bases in the Northwest and across the nation is creating a headache for the U.S. Defense Department. So Wednesday, several federal agencies announced they will pool money to preserve buffer lands, starting with Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma.

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Militia Group
4:41 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Anti-Government Group Allegedly Formed By Soldier From Washington State Extremely Unusual

Prosecutors in rural Long County Georgia are calling a soldier from Washington State the ringleader of a militia group that plotted cross country attacks. Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Cashmere is stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga. He‘s recently been charged with the murder of his pregnant wife.

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Army Mental Health
4:06 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

New Army Report Finds Trouble With Behavioral Health System

Issues with the behavioral health system came to light after it was revealed that hundreds of soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center had their PTSD diagnoses reversed by a forensic psychiatry team.
Credit Madigan Army Medical Center PA

The Army has more than doubled its number of military and civilian behavioral health workers in the past five years. It’s an important step. But it may not be enough. A report out today examines how the Army evaluates soldiers for mental health issues; it finds the system is riddled with problems.

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National Cemetary Burial
5:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Eugene Same-Sex Couple Gets Permission To Be Buried Together At A National Cemetery

Lt. Col. Linda Campbell and Nancy Lynchild
Credit KLCC

A same-sex couple from Eugene has received the first-ever waiver to be buried together at a national cemetery. It comes after the death of one of the women.

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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
4:13 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Government Prosecutors Want Speedy Trial For Soldier Accused In Massacre

Staff Sergeant Robert Bales' arraignment in a military court room south of Tacoma marked the start of a court martial that could potentially end in a death sentence.

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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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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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