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July 16, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Feds: If migrant kids go to JBLM, communities need not worry

If unaccompanied minors from Central America come to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, they would not mingle with the communities at the base or surrounding areas, representatives from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) told local officials during a conference call today. As of today, HHS said officials are still evaluating the base  as a possible…

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Comments | Topics: Central America, Denny Heck, JBLM

May 30, 2014 at 7:14 AM

State seeks public opinion on I-5 traffic near JBLM

The Associated Press TACOMA — Washington state transportation officials want to know how people feel about the congested stretch of Interstate 5 near Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The News Tribune reports officials will discuss their plans for easing traffic and widening the freeway at an open house on June 11 in DuPont. Transportation planners are narrowing a list of…

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February 10, 2014 at 8:40 PM

JBLM soldier killed in military-shuttle crash on I-5 is ID’d

The Army soldier who died Thursday after a military shuttle bus crashed on southbound Interstate 5 in Lakewood has been identified as Pvt. Reymon B. Tolentino, 28, of Skokie, Ill. Tolentino was on a bus headed to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport with soldiers who were returning from deployment in Afghanistan, according to the…

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November 15, 2013 at 11:04 PM

Soldier charged with killing 2 Iraqi youth is on way to JBLM

Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, who is charged with two counts of premeditated murder stemming from an incident in Iraq during Operation Iraqi Freedom, is being transferred to Joint Base Lewis-McChord to face military justice, according to an I CORPS news release. Joint Base Lewis-McChord issued a news statement Friday saying that Barbera, 31, had been charged with…

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Comments | More in Military, The Blotter | Topics: civilian, I CORPS, Iraqi

October 5, 2013 at 2:11 PM

JBLM soldier stabbed to death in Lakewood confrontation

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was stabbed to death in Lakewood, Pierce County, early this morning in what police described as a racially tinged confrontation. The Lakewood Police Department reported that the man, 20, and two other active-duty soldiers were walking at 2:38 a.m. in the 12500 block of Pacific Highway Southwest when someone in a vehicle…

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September 24, 2013 at 3:59 PM

JBLM soldier 1 of 3 fatally shot Saturday in Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — The Department of Defense says a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was one of the three American soldiers killed Saturday in Afghanistan. They were shot by an Afghan wearing a security forces uniform. The three soldiers were identified Tuesday as: Spc. Joshua J. Strickland, 23, of Woodstock, Ga., assigned to 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces…

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Comments | More in General news, Homepage, Military | Topics: Afghanistan casualty, JBLM, Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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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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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February 23, 2013 at 3:20 PM

JBLM soldier sentenced to life without parole

A soldier has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to stabbing his wife to death and raping her teenage daughter. A military judge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord also ordered Staff Sgt. Robert S. Chiaravallotti to forfeit all pay and reduced his rank to private, according to a statement released…

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February 21, 2013 at 6:05 PM

Paratroopers stuck in trees in Thurston County

The Army says some of its paratroopers got stuck in trees while jumping from a plane on a windy day near the town of Rainier in Thurston County. Joint Base Lewis-McChord spokesman Joe Piek said he didn’t have many details about what happened Thursday afternoon, but firefighters were helping to rescue two or three paratroopers stuck in…

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