U.S. Army

Robert Bales Pretrial Hearing
4:37 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

Pretrial Hearing For Staff Sgt. Bales Concludes

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

A pretrial hearing for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales has concluded at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Bales is the soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians earlier this year – most of them young children. The defense is focused on Bales’ state of mind.

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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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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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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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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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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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UW Grad and Soldier K.I.A.
4:38 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

UW Grad Is Latest Washington-Based Soldier Killed In Afghanistan

2nd Lt. Travis Morgado was “kind and considerate” says his mother.
Andrea Velasquez Kessler Northwest News Network

The cemetery at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be the site of a Memorial Day ceremony to honor fallen service members. A University of Washington graduate is the latest Washington-based soldier to die in Afghanistan.

Army records indicate 25 year old Lt. Travis Morgado is the sixth soldier from the Army post near Tacoma killed in action so far this year.

Just before he deployed in March, Lt. Morgado spoke with NPR’s Martin Kaste outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He was reacting to news that a fellow soldier, Sgt. Robert Bales, had been accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians.

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JBLM Helicopter Crash
5:08 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Grieving Mother Calls JBLM Midair Helicopter Crash “Preventable”

Chief Warrant Officer 3 Frank Buoniconti Deployed To Iraq and Afghanistan And Was The Recipient Of The Distinguished Flying Cross.
Photo Courtesy: Silvia Buoniconti Northwest News Network

“Heartbreaking” and “Preventable.” That’s how the mother of an Army helicopter pilot describes the midair crash that killed her son and three others last December. It happened during a nighttime training exercise at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A report released this week finds that commanders knew about radar and radio limitations in the training area where the crash happened. But apparently those communication gaps went unresolved – despite other near misses.

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PTSD
5:01 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Army Secretary: Nationwide Inquiry Underway After Madigan PTSD Scandal

US Senator Patty Murray
US Senate

A scandal over PTSD diagnoses at Madigan Army Hospital has triggered an Army-wide Inspector General investigation. That’s according to the Secretary of the Army, John McHugh.

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