military and defense

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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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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Northwest News
7:17 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Panetta Visits U.S. Navy Troops in Bremerton



U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta visited U.S. Navy troops in Bremerton Wednesday. More than 2,000 sailors lined up on the decks of the USS John C. Stennis to listen to parting words from the Defense Secretary. The speech was a send-off for men and women who are scheduled to be deployed to the Middle East next Monday.

The sailors rocked from foot to foot waiting for Secretary Panetta to arrive. The crowd had mixed emotions about leaving.

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Talks To Free Idaho Soldier
5:24 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

NPR: Taliban Receptive To Talks To Free Idaho Soldier

This screen grab from a December 2010 video appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in Taliban captivity.
Northwest News Network

NPR is reporting the Taliban has shown a “change of heart” that could pave the way toward the release of Northwest soldier Bowe Bergdahl. The Army sergeant from Hailey, Idaho, was captured in Afghanistan three years ago. He’s the only known U.S. prisoner of war.

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Captive Idaho Soldier
5:18 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Report Renews Hopes For Release Of Captured Idaho Soldier

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl went missing June 30, 2009 in Afghanistan and was later reported captured by the Taliban.
U.S. Department of Defense

A report this week from Reuters news service raises hopes there may be progress in efforts to get an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity back onto U.S. soil. But the news about renewed negotiations also shows Bowe Bergdahl’s freedom is a key part of peace talks in Afghanistan.

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PTSD Diagnosis Investigation
6:42 pm
Thu August 2, 2012

Army Gives Few Details On Investigation Into PTSD Diagnoses

A special psychiatry unit at Madigan Army Medical Center will no longer evaluate soldiers with PTSD.
Madigan Army Medical Center press office

This week the Army announced that it will no longer use a special psychiatry unit to evaluate soldiers with PTSD at Madigan Army Medical Center in Lakewood. Thursday, Army leadership from Madigan met with reporters.

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PTSD Diagnosis Revision
4:27 pm
Tue July 31, 2012

Army Changes PTSD Diagnosis Process

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Wash.
Madigan Army Medical Center press office

The U.S. Army is revising the way it diagnoses soldiers with post traumatic stress disorder. In the Northwest, it means the Army will no longer use a special psychiatric unit at Madigan Army Medical Center near Tacoma.

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Screening For PTSD
4:12 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Institute Recommends Yearly Screening For PTSD In Soldiers, Vets

At Madigan Army Medical Center in Tacoma, returning soldiers are screened at set intervals starting a week after they return from oversees.
Madigan Army Medical Center PA / Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

A panel of experts is recommending that soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan be screened for post-traumatic stress disorder at least once a year. The report from The Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C., was ordered by congress and funded by the Department of Defense.

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Mental Health System For Veterans
5:14 pm
Mon July 2, 2012

Two Years Later, Former Soldier "Vindicated" By PTSD Diagnosis

Former Army SSG Richard Kellar was recently re-assessed for PTSD. The result was a positive diagnosis.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington Sen. Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.

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