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November 21, 2014 at 9:41 AM

JBLM soldier demoted for threatening reporter’s wife

The Associated Press JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A soldier who threatened a reporter’s wife was demoted by an Army judge Thursday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera was demoted one rank to staff sergeant. The News Tribune reports the ruling means the 33-year-old can stay in the Army or soon be eligible for early retirement. Barbera once…

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October 22, 2014 at 1:40 PM

Lewis-McChord soldier charged in wife’s death

The Associated Press LAKEWOOD — The Pierce County prosecutor has charged a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier with first-degree murder in the shooting death of his wife at their Lakewood apartment. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist called the shooting last Thursday night an unfortunate example of domestic violence. He says 20-year-old Skylar Nemetz shot 19-year-old Tarrah Nemetz in the back…

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June 24, 2014 at 10:19 AM

Lewis-McChord could house immigrant children

The Associated Press TACOMA — Joint Base Lewis-McChord is one of the military installations that could be selected to temporarily house children from Central America who are detained at the U.S.-Mexico border. Negotiations are underway between the Defense Department and the Department of Health and Human Services, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Rep. Denny Heck of Olympia, whose…

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April 25, 2014 at 2:50 PM

20-year sentence for AWOL soldier who killed Kirkland woman

A former soldier who killed a 19-year-old Kirkland woman with a butcher knife in November 2011 was sentenced today to 20 years in prison. Dakota Wolf, 22, pleaded guilty earlier this month to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon for the random attack that killed Scarlett Paxton. Paxton and Wolf did not know each other. During his sentencing hearing…

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January 21, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Suspect charged in JBLM soldier’s stabbing death

The Associated Press TACOMA — The Pierce County prosecutor charged a Puyallup man with second-degree murder Tuesday in the stabbing death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier who intervened in a domestic-violence assault. Prosecutor Mark Lindquist also charged 29-year-old Chase Devyver with attempted murder and robbery in the assault Sunday on his girlfriend. Prosecutors say Devyver stabbed her outside their house and…

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January 19, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Man accused of stabbing fellow soldiers, killing 1

PUYALLUP (AP) — Authorities say a man in Pierce County is in custody after fatally stabbing a soldier. The News Tribune reports that the stabbing occurred early Sunday morning at a home near Puyallup. Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says the 29-year-old suspect first stabbed a 36-year-old woman in the back and then stabbed a…

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October 7, 2013 at 10:03 AM

3 JBLM soldiers arrested in fatal stabbing of fellow soldier

UPDATE 1:30 P.M.|  Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist said the three suspects arrested in connection with the Saturday fatal stabbing of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier are expected to be charged and make an initial court appearance Tuesday. Prosecutors are still reviewing information in the case, but Lindquist said there’s a clear indication “there was…

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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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July 18, 2013 at 2:28 PM

Man killed by police in Reno was JBLM soldier

The Associated Press RENO, Nev. — The 27-year-old man police shot to death in Reno last week was an active-duty U.S. Army soldier who earned medals in Iraq and was on leave visiting family in Nevada. The Reno Gazette-Journal reports Kenneth Stafford was an enlisted soldier on leave from Joint Base Lewis-McChord when he was shot and…

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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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