Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Life After The Military
5:00 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Joint Base Lewis-McChord To Hold Its Largest-Ever Jobs Summit

This photo was taken at a Joint Base Lewis-McChord jobs fair in 2013.
JBLM PAO Flickr

More than 8,000 service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be leaving the military in each of the next few years as the military draws down its force levels. The base is aiming to help them find work, and this week it’s holding its biggest ever jobs summit

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Business
9:00 am
Fri January 11, 2013

Pierce County economy to grow faster this year

Increased traffic at the Port of Tacoma is expected to help lift Pierce County's economy
Port of Tacoma

A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.

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The Impact of War
5:44 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. Photo by Austin Jenkins

Originally published on Mon July 2, 2012 4:52 pm

LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Washington Senator 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.

Richard Kellar has entered year six of his fight to regain his life after getting blown up in Iraq. Doctors had to re-attach his nose. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then there are the emotional wounds of war. Flashbacks, nightmares, insomnia.

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The Impact of War
4:50 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.

Originally published on Thu May 3, 2012 4:03 pm

“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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The Impact of War
3:15 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Army Investigation: Midair Crash Killed Four Helicopter Pilots In December

OH58 Kiowa Warrior. Photo courtesy of US Army

Originally published on Mon April 30, 2012 2:45 pm

For the first time, the U.S. Army is confirming it was a midair collision that brought down two helicopters last December at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The results of an internal investigation into the crash that killed four pilots was released Monday. It blames pilot error, not a mechanical failure.

The two Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters were on a nighttime training mission last December 12th. According to the investigation, one of the helicopters flew directly into the side of the second chopper bringing both aircraft to the ground.

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Weapons
7:24 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Anti-tank weapon found in Pierce County home

An M72-style weapon.
Flickr

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Joint Base Lewis-McChord says an anti-tank weapon that was found at a home in Pierce County is not from the Army base.

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War in Afghanistan
4:25 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Bales to be charged with murder; had two assault cases

A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.

It has also come to light that Bales was accused in a second incident involving alcohol and violence.

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War in Afghanistan
12:43 pm
Fri March 16, 2012

General: Wash. base deals with PTSD sufficiently

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — 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.

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The Impact of War
9:12 am
Wed March 14, 2012

Lewis-McChord officer charged with threatening wife, girlfriend, boss

Originally published on Tue March 13, 2012 12:00 am

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.

Lt. Col Robert Underwood is charged with three counts of felony harassment. According to court documents, he recently told his daughter he was “going to do something crazy and it would be on the news.”

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Investigation
9:33 am
Tue February 7, 2012

Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs

The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord
11:57 am
Tue December 13, 2011

Army won’t say yet if helicopters collided in deadly crash

OH58 Kiowa Warrior.
U.S. Army

THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. – The Army isn’t saying yet whether a mid-air collision caused the crash of two reconnaissance helicopters at a training area on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The accident Monday night killed four Washington-based Army aviators.

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Soldier deaths
4:54 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Police investigating two apparent soldiers suicides in recent weeks

Police in Lakewood, Wash., are investigating the apparent suicides of two soldiers from the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord in recent weeks. In both cases, police say the soldiers shot themselves in the presence of someone else.

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Environment
10:43 am
Mon August 1, 2011

With defense money, scientists swap eggs to reverse lark's decline

A researcher bands an Oregon chick that successfully fledged from Washington nest.
Adrian Wolf

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Wildlife biologists are employing a little trickery to stop the downward spiral of a rare grassland bird in Western Washington. On Friday, biologists took eggs from healthier larks in Oregon and swapping them into western Washington nests, hoping the lark mothers don't notice.

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Traffic Deaths
5:34 pm
Mon July 25, 2011

Motorcycle crashes claim three NW soldiers since April

The scene of an accident between Sgt. Tyler Huber's Suzuki GSXR 1000 and a car near Puyallup, Wash.
Courtesy Washington State Patrol

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Three Washington-based soldiers have been killed in high-speed motorcycle accidents since April. And it turns out all three were riding the same model of high performance bike. The Washington State Patrol says the accidents were horrific and avoidable.

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Military service
8:07 am
Mon June 27, 2011

More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help

Post-traumatic stress diagnoses and prescriptions for common antidepressants are on the rise at Madigan Army Medical Center.
United States Marine Corps

Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they're making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.

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