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July 1, 2010 at 4:02pm

Local military family featured in PBS documentary

A public-television documentary, "In Their Boots," which begins airing at 12:30 a.m. Friday on KCTS, will feature the story of one Tacoma woman.

The Seattle Times has more on the series here

July 5, 2010 at 3:33pm

Mrs. Vice President hangs with 4th Stryker Brigade

During a Fourth of July visit to troops in Iraq, Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President Joe Biden, speaks with Col. John Norris, commander of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and Capt. Gabriela Niess, the brigade non-lethal plan

BAGHDAD - Dr. Jill Biden, the wife of Vice President of the United States Joe Biden, met with members of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" and other deployed service members and civilians at Camp Liberty Sunday as part of a visit to Iraq during the 4th of July weekend.

Biden made a stop at the brigade headquarters and met briefly with Col. John Norris, the brigade commander, before joining Raider Brigade Soldiers for a Fourth of July barbecue celebration.

"I just want to say what an honor it is to spend the 4th of July with my family," she said, explaining that as the mother of a Soldier, she considers the military her extended family.

Biden expressed her appreciation of the deployed Soldiers' hard work and thanked them and their families for their service.

"I think she's a pretty good role model for females," said Sgt. Nicole Golden, an intelligence analyst with 45th Military Intelligence Company, 4th SBCT, 2nd Inf. Div., who had a chance to meet with Biden. "I appreciate that she took the extra time to take a picture with us."

After dining with the troops, Biden was given a walk-through of a few of the capabilities of the Stryker combat vehicle.

Sgt. Jed Glover, the vehicle commander, said he was impressed by just how interested Biden was in the capabilities of the vehicle.

"She clearly took it a little more to heart with her son being in the military," he said. "It's an honor for me to give her a presentation on what do."    

Filed under: Strykers,

July 6, 2010 at 5:51am

A Summer of Returns

KPLU Radio has a piece on the massive return of soldiers this summer to JBLM.  Click here to read the report.  Featured is the Warren Family.

Filed under: Strykers,

July 6, 2010 at 5:59am

C Co., 1-38th create own fireworks with chem lights

Soldiers with Company C "Chaos", 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, "Unleash the Chaos" by throwing chemical lights into the air to take the place of fireworks during an Indepence Day celebration here, July 4. The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division Soldiers conducted counter-indirect fire patrols all day throughout Abu Ghraib, Iraq and ended with an awards ceremony and barbecue here.

July 6, 2010 at 6:18am


We are creeping around the Internet to find JBLM-related folks sharing their lives.

Today, meet Lt. Col. Rich Phillips with the 62nd Medical Brigade.  He's in Afghanistan sending home his personal thoughts on the Surge.

Find his opinions here.

July 6, 2010 at 10:36am

Memorial tomorrow for Strykers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Family, friends, Service members and the Joint Base community will remember Soldiers who died while in

support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a ceremony to be conducted

Wednesday, July 7, at 3 p.m. in the JBLM Main Chapel.

Sgt. Israel P. O'Bryan, 24, of Newbern, Tenn., and Cpl. William C.

Yauch, 23, of Batesville, Ark. died June 11 in Jalula, Iraq, of wounds

suffered when insurgents attacked their unit with a vehicle-borne

improvised explosive device.

They were assigned to the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd

Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base

Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The brigade deployed to Iraq in August, 2009.

Filed under: Strykers,

July 7, 2010 at 10:04am

Did they really not know?

WASHINGTON, July 6, 2010 - The Transportation Security Administration is reminding military members that explosives are not allowed on commercial flights.

TSA spokesman Lauren Gaches said agency workers occasionally encounter servicemembers who have packed inert grenades or other prohibited items in their luggage, often as a keepsake from the battlefield.

"The problem is, when you're looking at that through an X-ray machine, you can't tell the difference" as to whether it could explode, she said.

Servicemembers traveling with prohibited items is not a common problem, but it can be disruptive, Gaches said.

"From time to time, we see folks traveling with this type of material, and it has to be surrendered," she said, adding that such items are not returned.

If security officers find prohibited items, they may have to close checkpoints or baggage areas temporarily, or call in bomb squads, Gaches said.

Prohibited items include blasting caps, dynamite, fireworks, flares, hand grenades and explosives, either real or replicated. TSA permits other items such as firearms and ammunition in checked luggage - not carry-on baggage - but airlines may be stricter, according to the TSA website. A full list of TSA-prohibited items is available at

"At TSA, we salute the men and women of our armed forces and thank them for their service to our country," Gaches said in a prepared statement. "We always look forward to partnering with our servicemembers during the security screening process as we strive to achieve our mutual mission of protecting our homeland."

July 7, 2010 at 11:00am

Site Creeper: the 4th Stryker's Facebook Page

We are creeping around the Internet to find JBLM-related folks sharing their lives.    

Want to stay up-to-date on the 4th Stryker Brigade?  See their Facebook page right here.

July 7, 2010 at 11:06am


RAINBOW'S RIM - A rainbow over the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan falls onto the USS Arizona Memorial at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, July 2, 2010.  U.S. Navy photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class N. Brett Morton

July 8, 2010 at 9:42am

Free tickets to see Saving Abel

Alternative rockers Saving Abel - formed in Mississippi in 2004 by vocalist Jared Weeks and guitarist Jason Null - bring out the emotional struggles that face military servicemen fighting for freedom in their second studio album, Miss America.

For this week's Weekly Volcano Morning Quickie e-newsletter contest we're giving away pairs of tickets to see Saving Abel perform Saturday, July 10, 8:30 p.m., at the Showbox Sodo in Seattle. We Are The Fallen, American Bang, Taddy Porter, and Sugar Red Drive are also on the bill. To enter - please send an email to We have a bunch so it's first come, first served. If we don't reply to your email, it means we ran out of tickets.

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