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September 14, 2010 at 3:58pm

Memorial for fallen soldier

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Family, friends, Service members and

the Joint Base community will remember a Soldier who died while in

support of Operation Iraqi Freedom with a ceremony to be conducted

Wednesday, at 3 p.m. in the JBLM Lewis North Chapel.

Sgt. Brandon E. Maggart, 24, of Kirksville, Mo., died August 22 at

Basrah, Iraq, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit

using indirect fire.

He was assigned to the 5th Battalion, 5th Air Defense Artillery

Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The battalion was deployed to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom

in January, 2010.

September 20, 2010 at 10:25am

Army confronts epidemic of drug use, criminal behavior

With the U.S. drawdown in Iraq, the Army is finally confronting an epidemic of drug abuse and criminal behavior that many commanders acknowledge has been made worse because they'd largely ignored it during nearly a decade of wars on two fronts.

The Army concedes that it faces a mammoth problem.

A 350-page report issued in July after a 15-month investigation into the Army's rising suicide rate found that levels of illegal drug use and criminal activity have reached record highs, while the number of disciplinary actions and forced discharges were at record lows.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: Army News, Crime, Health, Deployment,

September 20, 2010 at 11:10am

Veterans with PTSD struggle to find supportive jobs

According to the Los Angeles Times, many new veterans struggle to find and retain civilian jobs.

Not only are they returning to the worst economy in decades, advocates say, but many employers do not know how to accommodate these invisible wounds and worry that they might "go postal," according to the paper.

For more on this story, click here.

Filed under: Health, Veterans,

September 20, 2010 at 3:57pm

5-3 Field Artillery Regiment returning from Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - About 150 Soldiers from the 5th
Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment, 17th Fires Brigade will be
reunited with their families and friends at a ceremony currently
scheduled for Wednesday at 1:30 a.m. at Soldiers Field House.
About 250 Soldiers from 5-3 Field Artillery deployed in support of
Operation Enduring Freedom last October.

While deployed, members of the unit supported numerous missions in
support of the NATO-led International Security and Assistance Force.

The battalion was headquartered at Forward Operation Base Sharana (FOB
Sharana). The battalion's Alpha battery was assigned to US
Forces-Afghanistan Regional Command- East (at FOB Sharana and Bagram
Airfield), and the battalion's Charlie Battery was to the USAF Regional
Command-South (FOB Boldak and Kandahar Airfield).

The unit provided personnel for missions that included: convoy security
for route-clearance patrols, detainee operations. Other members of the
unit were assigned to the USAF-South Mine Action Center, the FOB Sharana
Base Defense Operations Center, and the FOB Sharana Mayor's Cell.

Filed under: Deployment, Ceremony, Afghanistan,

September 21, 2010 at 2:33pm

Comcast honoring troops with free Puyallup Fair tickets

Troops returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord after service overseas will be able to take their families to see a variety of acts at the Puyallup Fair this year. Comcast purchased $50,000 worth of tickets and is giving all of them away to returning military personnel and their families who sign up for Comcast service.

One hundred seats will be made available to members of the military and their families to all 18 Fair performances. That means people were, or will be, able to enjoy performances by artists that include Kenny Rogers, Heart, Bret Michaels, Kid Rock, Willie Nelson and Adam Lambert.

 "Our service people have sacrificed for our country, and we're honored to participate in their homecoming. Our longstanding relationship with the Puyallup Fair created the perfect opportunity to recognize returning troops for their service and for making Comcast their provider of choice," said Sean Brushett, vice president of sales and marketing for Comcast.

 Brushett said the Comcast relationship with the Puyallup Fair is an integral piece of company's ties to Pierce County, and thought buying the large number of tickets for troops was a great way of honoring military service as well as the fair, a Washington institution.

Tickets are being handed out at a variety of venues, including Welcome Home events. The promotion is only available to veterans from Comcast salespeople at JBLM. Tickets are not available any other way.

Comcast supports active duty military, veterans and their causes in a number of ways. Most recently, the company began airing a PSA in cooperation with Hire America's Heroes throughout Washington state to encourage employers to hire veterans.

September 21, 2010 at 3:35pm

Move to End ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Stalls in Senate

This from the L.A. Times: The Senate vote, 56-43, falls short of the 60 needed to begin debate on a bill that includes the policy on gays in the military. The vote also holds up the Dream Act, a route to citizenship for those who have attended college or served in the military.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: News To Us,

September 24, 2010 at 9:53am

Article 32 hearing set for Monday

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - A Joint Base Lewis-McChord investigating officer will convene an Article 32 hearing here at 9 a.m., Monday, September 27, to examine evidence regarding the charges preferred against Specialist Jeremy Morlock, who is accused in the deaths of three Afghan civilians.

The hearing is scheduled for one day.

Filed under: Afghanistan, News To Us,

September 28, 2010 at 3:37pm

Fannie Mae offers aid to military families

WASHINGTON - Mortgage giant Fannie Mae plans to give military families a break on their home loan payments if they are struggling because of the death or injury of a servicemember.

The Washington-based company says it will reduce or suspend borrowers' monthly payments up to six months. Fannie Mae is the largest buyer and backer of U.S. home mortgages, owning or guaranteeing about $3.2 trillion in home loans.

Fannie Mae also says it would suspend reporting to credit bureaus for up to six months to minimize the impact on the borrower's credit score.

To determine whether they are eligible, military members or their surviving spouses should contact their mortgage company. Or, they can call a special military phone number: 1-877-MIL-4566.

Filed under: Business, News To Us,

September 30, 2010 at 9:35am

Camp Murray gate relocation plan scrapped

This from The News Tribune: In a tersely worded letter announcing the decision, Maj. Gen. Timothy Lowenberg blamed Lakewood officials for withholding a permit required for the project to move forward. He then placed the onus on them to solve neighborhood traffic woes, now that the city has spurned his agency's proposal and millions of dollars in related construction funding.

For more on the story, click here.

September 30, 2010 at 9:39am

Additional gate at JBLM to open next week

This from The News Tribune: A previously unused entrance to Joint Base Lewis-McChord is set to open early next week to ease the congestion caused by soldiers entering northbound Interstate 5 from Mounts Road to get to the base.

The new entrance will be on Mounts Road, just off the freeway, about a mile south of the weigh station on I-5. It has never been used for regular access to the base, said J.C. Mathews, a spokesman for the base, according to the paper.

For more on the story, click here.



Filed under: Army News, Fort Lewis,

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