military and defense

NWPR Books
4:52 am
Fri December 13, 2013

2001 Army-Navy Game Marked By Specter Of Sept. 11

Navy players await the start of their annual game against Army, on Dec. 1, 2001.

Originally published on Fri December 13, 2013 9:59 am

On Saturday, Army and Navy will take the field to renew their legendary football rivalry for the 114th time. The teams are playing in Philadelphia, which is also where they faced off in 2001, just weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks. The players that year faced a sobering new reality: The nation was at war, and they'd soon leave the football field behind for the battlefield.

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Government Shutdown
5:06 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

The shutdown will affect training activities, equipment maintenance, and efficiency at military bases.
Credit oregonmildep / Flickr

Approximately 1,000 full-time personnel in the Oregon Military Department are being furloughed due to the government shutdown.

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NWPR Books
3:10 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 11:58 am

In the pages of David Finkel's new book, you'll meet a veteran who has recurring nightmares in which a fellow soldier asks, "Why didn't you save me?" You'll also meet a veteran who sees images of dead Iraqis floating in his bathtub, and another who tries to kill himself by biting through his right wrist — the only wrist he can raise to his mouth since his left side is paralyzed.

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End of Military Band
7:13 am
Fri September 6, 2013

NW Military Band's History Comes To End As Air Force Shifts Focus

The Band of the Northwest had a variety program from 1951-52 on KING-TV.
Credit Washington Air Guard

A military band that entertained Northwest troops heading off to the Korean War and played the dedication of Grand Coulee Dam will close their music books for good this weekend. The military is deactivating the 560th Air Force Band, based out of Spokane.

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WWII Vet Killed
4:19 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Two Spokane Teens In Custody, Charged With Murdering WWII Vet

World War II veteran Delbert Belton was 88 years old. This photo is part of a memorial created for Belton at the Eagles Lodge in Spokane.

Originally published on Thu August 29, 2013 4:35 pm

Police have arrested the second teenager accused of beating to death an 88-year-old World War II vet in Spokane. The two 16-year-old males have been charged with first degree robbery and first degree murder in case that's attracted national attention.

Delbert Belton was beaten beyond recognition while he waited in his car outside the Eagles Lodge in north Spokane last week. Belton, known as "Shorty" to his friends, served in the Army and had survived injuries in the battle of Okinawa.

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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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Sequester Cuts
6:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Local Effects Of Automatic Federal Budget Cuts Hazy

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear addresses officers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday.
Credit Photo courtesy I Corps, U.S. Army

Northwest military bases, universities, national labs and parks await guidance for how to implement automatic federal budget cuts. The so-called "sequester" is scheduled to take effect at the end of this week. Not much else is certain beyond that including who in the region could feel the pain immediately, if anyone. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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