Military and Defense

Bales Murder Pre-trial
3:33 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

Pre-Trial Hearing Next For Sgt. Bales

Staff Sgt. Robert Bales of Joint base Lewis-McChord is awaiting hid Article 32 hearing.
Phot credit: Ryan Hallock U.S. ARMY

Seventeen counts of murder. Six counts of assault and attempted murder. Those are the charges filed Friday against 38 year old Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington-based soldier accused of killing 9 Afghan children and 8 adults in a massacre earlier this month. If convicted, he could face the death penalty. Correspondent Austin Jenkins explains the next step is an Article 32 hearing.

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Bales Murder case
2:35 pm
Fri March 23, 2012

SSG Bales Charged With Murder, Attempted Murder

Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales stands charged with murdering Afghan civilians.
Photo via High Desert Warrior

Major Christopher Ophardt at Lewis-McChord says it’s unclear at this point whether the pretrial hearing will happen in Washington or at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s where Bales is currently being held. Ophardt acknowledged prosecutors at Lewis-McChord recently sent four Washington based soldiers to prison for killing Afghan civilians in 2010.

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Nat'l Gaurd Discrimination
5:39 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Oregon Alleges City Of Salem Discriminated Against Guard Members

Salem Oregon settles in National Gaurd discrimination suit.
Photo Credit: M.O. Stevens Wikimedia commons

SALEM, Ore. – The state of Oregon says one of its largest cities discriminated against fire fighters because they were National Guard members. The Oregon Department of Justice announced a settlement Wednesday with the City of Salem that puts the city under close federal scrutiny for the next three years.

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Navy Sonar Testing
3:33 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Navy Looks To Renew Permits for Sonar Testing In The Northwest

Naval Aviation Electronics Technician performing a sonar test.
Photo courtesy of US Navy 2008

Right now the Navy is allowed to use sonar for testing and training exercises off the Northwest coast and down to Northern California. There is evidence that using sonar may interfere with marine mammal behavior – and even damage hearing and cause stranding. But the Navy’s use of sonar could change if it doesn’t get its permits renewed by 2015.

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Soldier Named
5:59 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Afghanistan Massacre Suspect Named

On right Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.
Phot credit: High Desert Warrior Northwest News Network

NPR has confirmed the name of the Washington- based soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians. He is 38-year old Robert Bales of Lake Tapps, Washington .

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Captured Soldier
3:50 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

Talks To Free Idaho Soldier Dashed In Killing Spree Aftermath

A Taliban video dated December 2010 appears to show Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, in captivity.
YouTube

The deteriorating situation in Afghanistan may hinder the most likely avenue for bringing a captured Northwest soldier home safely. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is the only known U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity.

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Soldier Get Attorney
4:52 pm
Thu March 15, 2012

Suspect In Afghanistan Massacre Retains Seattle Attorney

We still don’t know the name of the Washington-based Army soldier accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians last weekend. But we now know the name of his civilian attorney. John Henry Browne is a high-profile Seattle lawyer who most recently defended the serial burglar known as the “Barefoot Bandit.”

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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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Health Care
4:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Madigan Investigates PTSD Diagnosis Problems

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington.
Photo Credit: Madigan Army Medical Center PA Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

The head of Madigan Army Medical Center south of Tacoma has been removed from his post. The administrative action comes as the Medical Center investigates whether soldiers had their diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce the cost of a medical retirement.

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