military and defense

National Guard Deployment
6:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Oregon And Idaho National Guard Troops Heading Overseas

Two Oregon National Guard units are mobilizing for overseas deployments. Idaho soldiers will be joining one of the missions.

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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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Army Hearing
6:27 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Afghan Survivors And Witnesses Testify At Army Hearing

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Photo Credit: Maj. Brent Clemmer

Witnesses and survivors recounted a horrific scene following a massacre at two villages in Kandahar Province that killed 16 civilians and wounded 6. They testified via live video from Afghanistan during a pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sergeant Robert Bales at Joint Base Lewis McChord.

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Robert Bales Pretrial
6:03 pm
Thu November 8, 2012

Fourth Day Of Pretrial Hearings For Accused JBLM Soldier

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales
Credit Maj. Brent Clemmer

Friday is the fourth day of pretrial hearings for U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales is accused of massacring 16 Afghan civilians, mostly women and children, in March. The proceedings at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are also known as an Article 32 hearing. They will determine whether the case will advance to court-martial, where the government has stated it plans to seek the death penalty.

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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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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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