U.S. Army

Umatilla Chemical Depot
5:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Umatilla Depot: More Staff Reduction As Military Site Nears Final Cleanup

Workers at the Umatilla Chemical Depot are focused now on environmental sampling to make sure the site of the chemical incinerator is now clean. The incinerator was used to destroy tons of chemical weapons at the northeast Oregon site.
Credit Hal McCune, URS

The Umatilla Chemical Depot is nearing final cleanup. It letting go of 60 more workers Thursday. The northeast Oregon military site is where tons of deadly chemical weapons were stored for decades. 

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Medal Of Honor Recipient
5:25 pm
Tue October 15, 2013

Seattle Soldier Gets Medal of Honor from President and Wants to Re-up

Army Captain William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for repeatedly running into the line of fire during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan, to rescue fellow soldiers.
Credit U.S. Army / Wikimedia Commons

A Seattle soldier received the nation’s highest military honor Tuesday from President Obama. Army Captain William D. Swenson was awarded the Medal of Honor for repeatedly running into the line of fire during a 2009 battle in Afghanistan to rescue fellow soldiers.

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Umatilla Chemical Depot
3:59 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Demolition Of Oregon Chemical Weapons Site On Schedule

US Army

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 2:59 pm

Just as international talks ramp up about chemical weapons in Syria, the last remaining signs of similar deadly munitions in the Northwest are going away.

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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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POW Letter
6:01 am
Fri June 7, 2013

Bowe Bergdahl's Parents Confirm New Correspondence

Parents of captured Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl recently had some good news. The family says they received a handwritten letter from their son, who's been held as a prisoner of war by the Taliban for almost four years.

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Sergeant Convicted At JBLM
3:49 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Guilty Verdict At JBLM In Trial Of Sgt. Accused of Baghdad Shooting Spree

Originally published on Tue May 14, 2013 11:39 am

A case that featured harrowing testimony of combat-related mental illness ended Monday with a guilty verdict. Army Sergeant John Russell was convicted for murdering five fellow servicemen at a military mental health clinic in Baghdad in 2009.

A military judge found the 48-year-old Texas native guilty of premeditated murder. A public affairs spokesman at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma says Sergeant Russell showed no visible reaction.

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Paralympics
3:56 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

From Soldier To Double-Amputee To Pro Athlete

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 13, 2013 3:39 pm

KETCHUM, Idaho - A winter's worth of racing and training for the best disabled skiers and shooters culminates later this month at the Paralympic Nordic World Championships in Sweden. For the first time, the U.S. team headed to the competition is made up entirely of disabled veterans. It's a good example of how some wounded soldiers are finding a new mission and purpose.

Sun Valley, Idaho has become a hub for healing veterans through sports and one ex-soldier went from infantryman to badly wounded warrior to pro athlete.

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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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JBLM Helicopter Crash
5:42 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Mid-Air Crash At JBLM Brought Down Helicopters In 2011

OH58 Kiowa Warrior
Credit U.S. Army

A new Army report confirms it was a mid-air crash that brought down two Army helicopters at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord a year ago. It happened during a night vision training exercise.

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Bales War Crime Case
6:34 am
Wed November 14, 2012

Sgt. Bales' State Of Mind Is Key To His Defense In War Crime Case

Robert Bales wife Karilyn, middle, listens as her sister reads a family statement to reporters at the conclusion of the pretrial hearing.
Credit Photo Credit: Austin Jenkins

In eight days of hearings, Army prosecutors outlined in grisly detail the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. He’s the Washington soldier charged with killing and wounding 23 Afghan civilians in a rampage this past March. Bales’ pretrial hearing concluded Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Now the Army will decide whether the evidence supports a full court martial and, if so, whether the death penalty is appropriate in this case.

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