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July 17, 2013 at 10:22 PM

JBLM 446th Airlift Wing reservists named outstanding unit

Some 2,200 men and women of the 446th Airlift Wing of Joint Base Lewis-McChord recently received the Air Force Outstanding Unit award for a two-year period of accomplishments ending in September 2012.

Their accomplishments included deploying more than 100 medical specialists to Southwest Asia and moving more than 1,200 sick and wounded patients.

In 2012, the 446th flew about 5,200 passengers and more than 6 million pounds of cargo in Operation Deep Freeze, which services National Science Foundation research activities in Antarctica.

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Comments | Topics: Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Operation Deep Freeze

June 25, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Army cutting a Stryker brigade at JBLM

The Army will cut one of the three Stryker combat brigades at Joint Base Lewis-McChord as part of an upcoming change in its force structure Army-wide, according to Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, who was informed of the action on Tuesday The loss of the brigade will be accompanied by other cuts that would reduce the Army…

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June 12, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Military sexual assault bill includes provisions from Patty Murray

Several provisions of a bill to combat military sexual assault introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa and Sen. Kelly Ayotte R-NH, have been included in legislation under consideration by the Senate Armed Services Committee. They include a measure to provide victims of sexual assault with a special victims counsel — a military lawyer who would assist…

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Comments | More in General news, Government, Military | Topics: Patty Murray; sexual assault

June 5, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Bales plea deal done: ‘Not a good reason in the world’ for massacre

UPDATE 5:45 p.m: During the hearing Thursday, Bales did not offer an apology to his victims. In a meeting with reporters after the court session, defense attorneys said this hearing did not provide an opportunity for an apology, which they say  would come during the sentencing phase of the courtmartial scheduled for August. “Today was his acceptance…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Afghanistan, Col. Jeffery Nance, Emma Scanlan

May 14, 2013 at 2:17 PM

Defense Department civilian employees face 11 days of furloughs

Civilian Defense Department employees will face 11 days of furloughs that would begin as early as July 8, according to a statement that Defense Department Secretary Chuck Hagel released Tuesday. The furloughs are likely to affect more than 20,000 of these employees in Washington state, according to Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa. The furlough, which could be stretched…

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April 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

Army pilot from Yakima County killed in Afghanistan

Capt. Aaron Blanchard, a 32-year old Army helicopter pilot who grew up in Selah, Yakima County, was killed Tuesday in Pul-e Alam, Afghanistan, according to the Army. Blanchard was one of two pilots from the 2nd Aviation Division 10th Mountain Division who died Tuesday from what the Army called “wounds sustained from enemy indirect fire.” The…

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Comments | Topics: Afghanistan, Selah, soldier killed

February 15, 2013 at 1:33 PM

DOE says radioactive waste leaking from Hanford tank

The U.S. Department of Energy announced Friday that a tank holding radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is leaking liquids at the rate of 150 to 300 gallons per year. The single-shell tank holds about 447,000 gallons of sludge and is one of 149 single-shell tanks at the Hanford site near Richland. “I am alarmed and…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: Hanford, radioactive wastes, tanks

December 28, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Tug experiencing engine failures near Kodiak Island

The Coast Guard reports that a Royal Dutch Shell tugboat, the MV Aiviq experienced “multiple engine failures” today while towing a mobile oil drilling unit in the Gulf of Alaska south of Kodiak Island. The tug crew was able to restart one of the engines.  In a statement released this morning, the Coast Guard said the…

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December 17, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Construction work that started Taylor Bridge fire was prohibited at the time

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. | Construction workers who likely caused the Taylor Bridge Fire in August were working with a power saw and welding equipment at a time when a state regulation prohibited such activity due to fire risk, according to a state Department of Natural Resources report released Monday. The wildfire destroyed 61 homes and hundreds…

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December 13, 2012 at 8:27 PM

Senate lifts ban on VA funding for in-vitro fertilization

By unanimous consent, The U.S. Senate Thursday approved a bill introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa., that would end a ban on Department of Veterans Affairs funding of in-vitro fertilization services. The bill was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wa, who chairs the Senate Veteran Affairs’ Committee. In remarks on the Senate floor Thursday, she noted that…

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