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…More
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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…More
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…More
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…More
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…More
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.More
PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — Port Angeles Mayor Cherie Kidd is visiting Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Monday to demand answers from the Army about helicopters she says “terrorized my city.” Kidd is meeting with Col. H. Charles Hodges Jr. about unannounced training flights late Thursday night that alarmed residents, woke up children and startled livestock. The Peninsula…More
A Canadian man injured during a climb on Mount Rainier was rescued by an Army helicopter crew Sunday evening. Two rescuers in an Army Reserve Chinook helicopter were dropped in to help airlift the man after he fell at the 13,800-foot level on Emmons Glacier on the east side of Mount Rainier. The National Park Service is…More
By Adam Ashton / The News Tribune
Thousands of civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will take unpaid days off on 11 straight Fridays in July, August and September – part of a plan intended to concentrate the impacts of Pentagon-mandated furloughs to a single day of the week.
Some details of the four-day work week are still being ironed out, but the proposal would give about 10,000 workers a reliable schedule to plan their furloughs.
A panel of Lewis-McChord Army and Air Force commanders announced the plan Monday and said the furloughs are scheduled to start taking place the week of July 8. They will hit firefighters, mechanics, doctors and many other workers who operate the city-like services at the base south of Tacoma.
About 25,000 people live on Lewis-McChord either in barracks or in base housing. About 63,000 work there in uniform or as civilians, making it Pierce County’s largest employer.
Some of the ways furloughs likely will disrupt the base this summer include:More
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…More