Afghanistan War http://kplu.org en Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden also searched for Idaho POW http://kplu.org/post/navy-seals-killed-bin-laden-also-searched-idaho-pow A new book that documents an attempt to rescue an Idaho soldier in Afghanistan will not likely interfere with efforts to bring him home. That’s according to at least one national security expert. The controversial book is getting attention because it describes the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. Fri, 07 Sep 2012 05:53:19 +0000 Jessica Robinson 6239 at http://kplu.org Navy SEALs that killed Bin Laden also searched for Idaho POW Twelve JBLM soldiers killed in Afghanistan since January http://kplu.org/post/twelve-jblm-soldiers-killed-afghanistan-january An Army combat engineer has become the 12th Washington-based soldier to die in Afghanistan this year. The pace of deaths has picked up in recent weeks as the summer fighting season begins.<p>The Army says Sgt. 1st Class Barett McNabb was killed by an improvised explosive device. He was on his fourth deployment, but his first to Afghanistan.<p>McNabb is just the latest soldier from Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord to die in Afghanistan. May was the deadliest month so far this year with six soldier deaths.<p>Lt. Col. Fri, 15 Jun 2012 16:55:27 +0000 5294 at http://kplu.org Twelve JBLM soldiers killed in Afghanistan since January UW grad is latest Washington- based soldier killed in Afghanistan http://kplu.org/post/uw-grad-latest-washington-based-soldier-killed-afghanistan 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 among the latest Washington-based soldiers to die in Afghanistan. Army records indicate eight soldiers from the Army post near Tacoma have been killed in action so far this year.<p>Just before he deployed in March, 25-year old Lt. Travis Morgado Morgado <a href="http://www.npr.org/2012/03/13/148499308/lewis-mcchord-soldiers-generate-disturbing-headlines">spoke with NPR’s Martin Kaste</a> outside Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Fri, 25 May 2012 22:30:31 +0000 5111 at http://kplu.org UW grad is latest Washington- based soldier killed in Afghanistan Parents of captured Idaho soldier want prisoner swap http://kplu.org/post/parents-captured-idaho-soldier-want-prisoner-swap The Idaho parents of the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity say they want the Obama administration to negotiate a prisoner swap to bring their son home. Bob and Jani Bergdahl broke their long silence in new interviews, hoping to build public pressure for a deal.<p>The parents of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl revealed to the <a href="http://www.mtexpress.com/index2.php?ID=2005141943">Idaho Mountain Express</a> and the <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/05/10/world/asia/pow-is-focus-of-talks-on-taliban-prisoner-swap.html">New York Times</a> that a prisoner swap is on the table in U.S. Wed, 09 May 2012 23:13:11 +0000 Jessica Robinson 4974 at http://kplu.org Parents of captured Idaho soldier want prisoner swap General: Wash. base deals with PTSD sufficiently http://kplu.org/post/general-wash-base-deals-ptsd-sufficiently <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. &mdash; A top military commander speaking at the base of the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the Army is adequately dealing with mental health and other issues related to multiple deployments.</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:43:53 +0000 The Associated Press 4460 at http://kplu.org Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis http://kplu.org/post/suspect-killing-16-afghans-was-fort-lewis <p>WASHINGTON &mdash; A U.S. official says the American who killed 16 Afghan villagers Sunday is a soldier from Washington who was assigned to a remote special operations site.</p><p>A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, added that the suspect is married and has two children. He served three tours in Iraq, and had been serving his first deployment in Afghanistan since December.</p><div><p>U.S. officials say the soldier acted alone, leaving his base in southern Afghanistan and opening fire on sleeping families in two villages.</p><p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:55:30 +0000 The Associated Press 4403 at http://kplu.org Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis Flags lowered Thursday for Longview soldier http://kplu.org/post/flags-lowered-thursday-longview-soldier <p>LONGVIEW, Wash. &mdash; Gov. Chris Gregoire has directed that flags at state buildings be lowered to half-staff Thursday in memory of a Longview soldier who died Dec. 20 while serving in Afghanistan.</p><div><p>A celebration of life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at the Kelso Eagles for 21-year-old Mikayla A. Bragg.</p><p> Wed, 04 Jan 2012 17:12:11 +0000 The Associated Press 3593 at http://kplu.org Flags lowered Thursday for Longview soldier Boise 'kill team' soldier sentenced to seven years http://kplu.org/post/boise-kill-team-soldier-sentenced-seven-years <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. &ndash; A young Army private from Boise has been sentenced to a maximum of seven years in a military prison for murder and other crimes while deployed to Afghanistan. Private First Class Andrew Holmes admitted to shooting an unarmed 15-year-old Afghan boy.</p><p> Fri, 23 Sep 2011 22:14:18 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2718 at http://kplu.org Boise 'kill team' soldier sentenced to seven years Former 9/11 Commissioner says intelligence changes made a difference http://kplu.org/post/former-911-commissioner-says-intelligence-changes-made-difference <p>Former U.S. Senator from Washington state, Slade Gorton,&nbsp; says the killing of bin Laden is proof that intelligence agencies in the United States have improved.&nbsp; Gorton sat on the 9/11 Commission, which investigated the terrorist attacks. Tue, 03 May 2011 21:07:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 1530 at http://kplu.org Former 9/11 Commissioner says intelligence changes made a difference Rolling Stone releases photos in alleged war crime cases of JBLM soldiers http://kplu.org/post/rolling-stone-releases-photos-alleged-war-crime-cases-jblm-soldiers <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-960339.mp3</p><p>Rolling Stone magazine has published several more grisly photographs related to the war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p>The release comes just one week after a German magazine was the first to publish photos. The Army had sought to keep the pictures under wraps for fear they could trigger a backlash against U.S. troops.</p><p>Last week&rsquo;s photographs showed soldiers posing with a dead Afghan named Gul Mudin. <a href="http://www.rollingstone.com/kill-team ">Rolling Stone now reports he was an unarmed 15-year old boy</a>, the first of three victims allegedly killed by members of a rogue platoon from Western Washington. Tue, 29 Mar 2011 09:51:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1087 at http://kplu.org Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes http://kplu.org/post/soldier-sentenced-24-years-war-crimes <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959272.mp3</p><p>A Washington-based soldier has been sentenced to 24-years in prison for killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. Specialist Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty to three counts of premeditated murder and other crimes.</p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:55:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1065 at http://kplu.org Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes Joint Base Lewis-McChord unit deploying to Afghanistan http://kplu.org/post/joint-base-lewis-mcchord-unit-deploying-afghanistan <p>The Defense Department is deploying about 700 soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord to Afghanistan next summer to support combat operations.</p><p>The department said Friday the I (First) Corps Headquarters will serve as the International Security Assistance Force Joint Command Headquarters.</p><p><a href="http://www.nwguardian.com/2010/12/17/9216/i-corps-alerted-for-deployment.html">In a press release, Joint Base Lewis-McChord public affairs </a>noted a historic aspect to the assignment:</p> Fri, 17 Dec 2010 23:21:37 +0000 The Associated Press & KPLU News Staff 390 at http://kplu.org