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February 11, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Former Winlock man killed in Afghanistan bombing

CENTRALIA  (AP) — A former Winlock man was one of two civilian contractors killed Monday by a suicide car bomb in Kabul, Afghanistan, his family says. Michael Hughes grew up in Winlock and had been living in Las Vegas prior to working overseas, his sister Kristine Wallace told The Chronicle of Centralia. She says Hughes had worked…

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October 8, 2013 at 10:33 AM

Madigan Army Medical Center nurse killed in Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD (AP) — A nurse from Madigan Army Medical Center and three of her fellow soldiers in a special operations force were killed by an improvised bomb blast Sunday in Afghanistan, the Defense Department said. Lt. Jennifer M. Moreno, 25, of San Diego, was based at the hospital at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and…

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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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May 29, 2013 at 1:49 PM

Soldier to admit Afghan massacre

GENE JOHNSON Associated Press The Army staff sergeant charged with slaughtering 16 villagers during one of the worst atrocities of the Afghanistan war has agreed to plead guilty in a deal to avoid the death penalty, his attorney told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Staff Sgt. Robert Bales is scheduled to enter guilty pleas to charges of premeditated…

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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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March 24, 2013 at 5:27 PM

JBLM soldier dies of wounds

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier died Thursday of wounds sustained during an attack in Afghanistan, according to the Department of Defense. Small arms fire in the Paktika Province of Afghanistan injured Sgt. 1st Class James Grissom, 31, earlier this month. He later died at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany. Grissom, originally from Hayward, Calif., was…

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January 17, 2013 at 6:51 PM

IED kills Lewis-McChord soldier in Afghanistan

A 25-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier died Wednesday of wounds he sustained from a improvised explosive device in the Panjwai district of Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, according to the Department of Defense. Sgt. David Chambers of Hampton, Va. was assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division….

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December 31, 2012 at 8:37 AM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed in Afghanistan

The Associated Press A soldier from north Florida has been killed in Afghanistan. The Department of Defense says Pfc. Markie T. Sims of Citra died Saturday in Panjwal, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised explosive device. The 20-year-old was assigned to the 38th Engineer Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd…

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