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Military justice system shields child sex abuse cases

WASHINGTON — As a U.S. Marine, Daniel E. DeSmit swore to live by a code of honor. Semper fidelis, always faithful. But DeSmit shattered that pledge repeatedly — directing dozens of live Internet videos of children having sex with each other.

Date: 11/18/2015 | Nation & World

Ben Carson's West Point claims made no sense

Ben Carson's story about receiving a scholarship to the prestigious U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York, is now under scrutiny following a Politico report on Friday. The West Point story was laid out in "Gifted Hands," Carson's 1996 autobiography, the book that...

Date: 11/07/2015 | Nation & World

NATO tests its capabilities in European war games

ZARAGOZA, Spain — NATO is putting on its most fearsome display of military might in over a decade, a choreographed large-scale movement of soldiers, ships and planes meant to hone its capabilities as well as transmit an unmistakable signal to Russia and other possible foes.

Date: 11/04/2015 | Nation & World

Gatling guns protect U.S. Afghan bases from rockets

BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan — Deep in the countryside, Taliban fighters take aim at U.S. military bases with indirect fire: in particular, cheap and ubiquitous Chinese-made 107mm rockets. The U.S. Army's answer: A series of massive six-barreled, 20mm Gatling guns that spew up to...

Date: 10/25/2015 | Nation & World

Third woman graduates from Army Ranger School

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Maj. Lisa Jaster wouldn’t quit.Friday morning at Victory Pond on Fort Benning she got the fruits of that determination and grit when she was awarded the Ranger tab, signifying she had met the standards for the Army’s most difficult combat leadership course.

Date: 10/17/2015 | Nation & World

Veteran, 75, keeps knife-wielding man from kids

MORTON, Ill. — A 75-year-old Army veteran who fought off a knife-wielding man who was threatening to kill children at an Illinois library says training he received nearly five decades ago helped him in the scuffle.

Date: 10/16/2015 | Nation & World

Tackling trauma

Vets with PTSD find peace at Monroe equine therapy center

Date: 10/13/2015 | Local News

Officer recommends no jail time for Bowe Bergdahl desertion

AUSTIN, Texas — An Army officer is recommending that Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl face a lower-level court martial and be spared the possibility of jail time for leaving his post in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Saturday.

Date: 10/10/2015 | Nation & World

Donald Trump says Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed

LAS VEGAS — Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump said Thursday that Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl should have been executed for leaving his post in Afghanistan.

Date: 10/09/2015 | Nation & World

Obama nominates openly gay Eric Fanning as Army chief

WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama, in a historic first for the Pentagon, has chosen to nominate Eric Fanning to lead the Army, a move that would make him the first openly gay civilian secretary of one of the military services.

Date: 09/18/2015 | Nation & World

Army rechristens Lewis-McChord-based Stryker brigade

The News TribuneTACOMA — What looks like a simple name change for a Stryker brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord means much more for thousands of military families who passed through the South Sound during the Afghanistan and Iraq wars.

Date: 09/16/2015 | Northwest

Army identifies soldier who died in parachute exercise

SHELTON — The Army says the soldier who died during a parachute training operation last week was a young officer who recently joined Army Special Forces.

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Bergdahl lawyer wants interrogation made public

HOUSTON — The lawyer for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was held prisoner for five years by the Taliban, is asking the Army to publicly release a transcript of Bergdahl’s interview with military officials following his release in a controversial prisoner swap, saying it could help counteract negative...

Date: 09/15/2015 | Northwest

Korean War Medal of Honor recipient Einar Ingman dies at 85

Einar Ingman, who received the Medal of Honor for "indomitable courage" during the Korean War after leading an attack on two machine-gun nests, despite life-threatening wounds from being shot in the face, died Sept. 9 at a hospital in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. He was 85.

Date: 09/12/2015 | Nation & World

JBLM soldier who disappeared during parachute exercise found dead

SHELTON — The Army says a soldier who vanished during a parachute training operation in Washington state has been found dead after a 10-hour search.

Date: 09/12/2015 | Northwest

Soldier from JBLM missing after skydive near Shelton

SHELTON — Officials with the Mason County Sheriff’s Office say search and rescue teams are looking for a soldier who disappeared near Shelton after a military parachuting training exercise.

Date: 09/11/2015 | Northwest

Army awards Indiana company $428 million ambulance contract

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — AM General, which two weeks ago lost out on a major Department of Defense contract, has been awarded a $428 million contract by the Army to build Humvee ambulances for domestic disaster relief efforts by the Army, Army Reserve and Army National Guard.

Date: 09/10/2015 | Business Wire

Bergdahl not alone in acting dishonorably

Bowe Bergdahl is back in the news. Donald Trump, modeling the sober analysis we need in a president, delighting his Fox "news" hosts, just called him a "dirty rotten traitor" (See the Idaho Statesman:

Date: 09/02/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Last woman still in Ranger School advances

The last remaining female soldier in training at the U.S. Army’s Ranger School has advanced to its third and final phase, Army officials said Friday, leaving open the possibility that the school could graduate a third woman from the first class to ever include women.

Date: 08/28/2015 | Nation & World

First women to earn Army Ranger tab speak out

FORT BENNING, Ga. — The first two women to pass the Army's notoriously difficult Ranger School impressed male classmates left in their dust during road marches and proved their mettle as teammates by helping carry heavy weapons when others were too fatigued to lift another...

Date: 08/21/2015 | Nation & World

Military faces new pressure on gender barriers

The graduation this week of two female soldiers from the Army's famously difficult Ranger School has added new pressure on the U.S. military to make women eligible to serve across its combat ranks, current and former U.S. officials said.The historic achievement by the two...

Date: 08/19/2015 | Nation & World

Investigation: Army sergeant showed signs of potential violence

TACOMA — In the weeks before Staff Sgt. Robert Bales slaughtered 16 Afghan civilians, junior-ranking soldiers around him had grown concerned about his increasingly "erratic" behavior, including his assault of an Afghan contractor and his declaration that an Afghan...

Date: 08/18/2015 | Northwest

Lightning injures Army Ranger students; women aren’t hurt

WASHINGTON — Four Army Ranger instructors and 40 of their students have returned to duty after lightning struck near them while they were carrying out military exercises in Florida, the Army said Thursday.

Date: 08/13/2015 | Nation & World

Copter crash-lands on U.S. Navy ship off Japan

TOKYO — A U.S. Army helicopter crashed while landing on a Navy ship during training off Japan's southern island of Okinawa, injuring six people and damaging the aircraft, officials said.The H-60 helicopter made a hard landing Wednesday on the USNS Red Cloud cargo...

Date: 08/12/2015 | Nation & World

No helicopters in the wilderness

Our national forests have long been managed for multiple uses. Congress made the customary practice official in 1960 and specified that...

Date: 08/09/2015 | Editorials

Army extends comment period for helicopter-training plan in Cascades

The U.S. Army has extended the public comment period on a plan to conduct off-base mountain training over the North Cascades and southwest Washington for helicopter pilots to practice flyovers and...

Date: 08/07/2015 | Explore NW

A commitment to serve

A retired Army colonel joins the Peace Corps

Date: 08/07/2015 | Local News

Army to test whether rocket units can train at base near Tacoma

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that officials want to launch 27 training rounds over three days from a range between Lacey and DuPont to gauge how nearby communities might respond to more frequent firing of a weapon called High Mobility Artillery Rocket...

Date: 08/03/2015 | Northwest

Women advance to final phase of Army Ranger School

COLUMBUS, Ga. — Two of the three women trying to become the first females to complete the most difficult mental and physical training offered by the U.S. Army have moved within one step of earning the Ranger tab.

Date: 07/31/2015 | Nation & World

Women at Army Ranger School clear hurdle

The three remaining women attending Army Ranger School as part of an assessment of how female soldiers should be more fully integrated into the service have passed a major hurdle, completing the first of three segments in the course and moving on to its Mountain Phase.

Date: 07/11/2015 | Nation & World

No media for feared Jade Helm military exercise

WASHINGTON — Jade Helm 15, the Special Operations exercise that spawned a wave of conspiracy theories about a government takeover, will open next week without any media allowed to observe it, a military spokesman said.Embedded reporters won't be permitted at any point...

Date: 07/10/2015 | Nation & World

Sequestration could force Army to cut more troops

WASHINGTON — In the midst of a war against the Islamic State that the Obama administration says will last many years, the Army is moving ahead with big troop cuts. And they could grow even larger unless Congress and the White House find a way to stop further across-the-board...

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

More U.S. troops to aid Iraq

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama ordered the deployment of up to 450 more American troops to Iraq on Wednesday in an effort to reverse major battlefield losses to the Islamic State, an escalation but not a significant shift in the struggling U.S. strategy to defeat the extremist group.

Date: 06/11/2015 | Nation & World

Federal agency drops advisories about reservoir algae blooms in Oregon

MEDFORD, Ore. — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will no longer issue advisories against swimming or otherwise using the water during blue-green algae blooms in the 11 Oregon reservoirs it manages.

Date: 05/19/2015 | Northwest

U.S. commandos kill senior ISIS leader in Syria raid

BEIRUT — U.S. commandos mounted a rare raid into eastern Syria overnight, killing a senior Islamic State leader in a firefight, capturing his wife and rescuing a Yazidi woman held as a slave, the Pentagon said Saturday.

Date: 05/16/2015 | Nation & World

Air Force, Army run short of drone pilots

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon's drone pilots are some of the best in the world. In a few short years, they've become a central part of U.S. operations overseas, conducting round-the-clock aerial surveillance and supporting U.S. soldiers at ground level. But a new federal audit also...

Date: 05/16/2015 | Nation & World

JBLM Green Beret honored for valor in combat in Afghanistan

TACOMA — A Green Beret was awarded the third-highest medal for valor in combat at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for his role in turning back an attack on his base in Afghanistan in 2013.The News Tribune of Tacoma reported that Sgt. 1st Class Earl Plumlee was awarded a Silver Star by the Army.

Date: 05/12/2015 | Northwest

D.C. flyover marks Victory in Europe Day

WASHINGTON — The airplanes flew in from the northwest, fighters in tight formations, bombers alone or in pairs, filling the hazy sky over Washington with the sound of a bygone war.It was an aged fleet, almost as old as the old men in wheelchairs who watched from the...

Date: 05/09/2015 | Nation & World

All females fail first phase of Army Ranger school

COLUMBUS, Ga. — The Army Ranger School class that started nearly three weeks ago with 19 women will move to the next phase in the North Georgia mountains without any females, the Army announced Friday.The eight women who survived the first week of physical assessment...

Date: 05/08/2015 | Nation & World

Lewis-McChord infantryman pleads not guilty to stabbing fellow soldier

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — An infantryman charged with stabbing a fellow soldier in the heart has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.The News Tribune reported that Pvt. Jeremiah Hill entered his plea Monday during the first day of his court-martial.

Date: 04/20/2015 | Northwest

Suspended JBLM general described as ‘caustic’ in report

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — Months after an Army medical commander was suspended and removed from command at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, internal documents show that employees say they felt “borderline abused” in the “caustic” environment he created.

Date: 04/17/2015 | Northwest

Survivors, rescuers return to Buchenwald

WEIMAR, Germany — Buchenwald survivor Henry Oster recalls thinking that a fellow inmate had "lost his sense of reality" when he said 70 years ago Saturday that the concentration camp was being liberated, bringing an end to the long ordeal of the 21,000 surviving...

Date: 04/12/2015 | Nation & World

Special ops troops doubt women can do job

WASHINGTON — Surveys find that men in U.S. special operations forces do not believe women can meet the physical and mental demands of their commando jobs, and they fear the Pentagon will lower standards to integrate women into their elite units, according to interviews and documents obtained by The...

Date: 04/05/2015 | Nation & World

Former Iraqi officers call shots for Islamic State

SANLIURFA, Turkey — When Abu Hamza, a former Syrian rebel, agreed to join the Islamic State, he did so assuming he would become a part of the group’s promised Islamist utopia, which has lured foreign jihadists from around the globe.

Date: 04/04/2015 | Nation & World

Army Ranger School to get 1st female students

WASHINGTON — The first-ever version of the elite Army Ranger School to include female students is set to begin April 20 with at least 12 women participating, following the recent completion of a required prerequisite course by six more female soldiers.The latest wave...

Date: 04/03/2015 | Nation & World

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl faces life in prison

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who abandoned his post in Afghanistan and was held captive for five years by the Taliban, was charged Wednesday by the U.S. military with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy and could get life in prison if convicted.

Date: 03/26/2015 | Nation & World

Suspended general won’t return to post at Lewis-McChord base

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — The Army says a suspended Army medical commander will not be reinstated to his former post at Joint Base Lewis-McChord after an investigation faulted his treatment of staff.

Date: 03/13/2015 | Northwest

Parents of Marysville man sue Army over slaying by renegade soldiers

SEATTLE — A federal judge has set a July 2016 trial date in a lawsuit filed against the Army by the parents of a Marysville man and his girlfriend killed by a group of renegade soldiers in Georgia in 2012 to protect a plot to assassinate President Barack Obama.The...

Date: 03/09/2015 | Northwest

ISIS destroys another Iraqi archaeological site

BAGHDAD — Islamic State militants continued their campaign targeting cultural heritage sites in territories they control in northern Iraq, looting and damaging the ancient city of Hatra just one day after bulldozing the historic city of Nimrud, according to Iraqi government officials and local...

Date: 03/08/2015 | Nation & World

Christian soldiers head for Iraq

DOHUK, Iraq — In a smoky living room in a makeshift military headquarters in this northern Iraqi city, Brett, a former U.S serviceman with tattoos of Jesus etched on his forearms, explains how he hopes to help to keep the church bells of Iraq ringing."Jesus tells...

Date: 03/03/2015 | Nation & World

Is U.S. underestimating battle for Mosul?

IRBIL, Iraq — U.S. commanders pressing for an attack on Mosul perhaps as early as this spring may be underestimating the importance of the city to its Islamic State occupiers, who are likely to put up a huge fight to retain their control, experts who've studied the extremist...

Date: 02/27/2015 | Nation & World

Army: Soldier to face court-martial in 2nd soldier’s death

TACOMA — The Army says a Joint Base Lewis-McChord infantryman accused of fatally stabbing another soldier in 2013 in a nearby city will face a military court-martial in April.

Date: 02/23/2015 | Northwest

Brian Williams 'misremembered' coming under fire in Iraq

NBC News anchor Brian Williams conceded on Wednesday that a story he had told repeatedly about being under fire while covering the invasion of Iraq in 2003 was false.

Date: 02/04/2015 | Nation & World

Pentagon disputes that a decision has been made in Bowe Bergdahl case

WASHINGTON — Top Pentagon officials disputed Tuesday that Army commanders have decided to charge a U.S. soldier who went missing in Afghanistan in 2009 with desertion, saying that while an Army investigation is complete, no decisions have been made on what to do.

Date: 01/28/2015 | Northwest

U.S. trains Iraqi troops without weapons

CAMP TAJI, Iraq — Years after the U.S. military tried to create a new army in Iraq - at a cost of over $25 billion - American trainers have returned to help rebuild the country's fighting force.But this time, things are different.With the Iraqis dependent...

Date: 01/10/2015 | Nation & World

Prosecutors weigh charges against Petraeus

WASHINGTON — Federal prosecutors have recommended that David Petraeus face charges for providing classified documents to his biographer, raising the prospect of criminal proceedings against the retired four-star general and former CIA director.

Date: 01/09/2015 | Nation & World

Ceremony to welcome home 160 Alaska soldiers

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska — About 160 soldiers will be officially welcomed home to Alaska Tuesday from Afghanistan.U.S. Army Alaska says in a release that two units will be feted in an 11 a.m. ceremony at the base.

Date: 01/06/2015 | Northwest

Soldiers returning from Ebola deployment kept at JBLM

FORT CARSON, Colo. — About 100 soldiers deployed to West Africa to help build treatment facilities to house Ebola patients and caretakers are back in the United States.The returning soldiers are being kept in a controlled monitoring area at Joint Base Lewis-McChord for 21 days.

Date: 01/04/2015 | Northwest

Soldier fires shots in air at Lewis McChord

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD — A soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord fired several shots into the air from a parking lot early Sunday.Law enforcement at the base cordoned off the area after the incident at about 4:30 a.m. Law enforcement agencies from Pierce County assisted.

Date: 12/28/2014 | Northwest

Battle of Bulge vet still shivers at the memory

Outside his window, rain threatened to turn to ice."I thought we might be getting some Bastogne weather," Paul Rogers said, standing in his Overland Park, Kansas, living room but thinking back to his forest foxholes in Belgium during the World War II Battle of...

Date: 12/21/2014 | Nation & World

Tuskegee Airman Lowell Steward dies at 95

Lowell Steward, a former member of the Tuskegee Airmen who flew well over 100 missions over Europe during World War II, has died in California. He was 95.His son Lowell Jr. said Steward died Wednesday of natural causes at a hospital in Ventura.

Date: 12/20/2014 | Nation & World

Soldiers in Ebola quarantine at Lewis-McChord

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD — A group of military service members returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord from Africa will spend Thanksgiving in quarantine while the Army monitors their health for signs of Ebola.

Date: 11/25/2014 | Northwest

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