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November 6, 2013 at 1:58pm

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza to command I Corps at JBLM

This just in from the U.S. Army Public Affairs:

Lt. Gen. Robert B. Brown, commanding general, I Corps Joint Base Lewis-McChord since July 3, 2012, has been reassigned as commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, will be appointed lieutenant general and assigned as commanding general of I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord. He is currently serving as commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

A change of command is planned for the third week of January 2014.

UPDATE: More details on the command changes coming to JBLM

September 11, 2013 at 2:16pm

4-2 SBCT uncased colors at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Col. Michael Getchell, commander, and Command Sgt. Maj. Oscar Vinson uncase 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division’s colors at Watkins Field Sept. 11.

The 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders" uncased their unit colors on Watkins Field, Lewis Main, Sept. 11.

The ceremony symbolized the unit's return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord following a nine-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

"This day, 9/11, is why we serve," Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, 7th Infantry Division Commander, said.

Two Soldiers assigned to 1st Battalion, 38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division straighten their unit's ribbons before the brigade uncased its colors. 

July 26, 2013 at 1:18pm

7th Infantry Division cares about sustainability at JBLM

U.S. Army Sgt. Maj. Hector Meneses, 7th ID sustainment section sergeant major, explains the importance of accountability of Army resources during a sustainment course for junior leaders at JBLM. Photo credit: Sgt. James Bunn

You skip along blissfully through life, never questioning the cause and effect of each moment. The word "sustainability" was merely a metaphor for "something hippies care about." Now that you have arrived in this world of helmets and Stryker fighting vehicles, you know the truth. Sustainability is damn important, sir.

What if you devoted three hours to something like origami? To working out? To learning about sustainability? You'd be the most responsible, buffest paper folder this world has ever seen.

Junior leaders with the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division did just that, minus the paper folding and bench presses. Sgt. James Bunn of the 17th Public Affairs Detachment has the story:

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - During a sustainment course for junior leaders July 23, U.S. Army soldiers with 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division learned that being an Army professional is about more than overcoming an enemy combatant.

Whether a $400 helmet or a nearly $4 million Stryker fighting vehicle, every soldier is responsible for valuable military equipment.

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July 16, 2013 at 4:48pm

Gen. Kwon Oh Sung connects with Joint Base Lewis-McChord

U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th ID commanding general, walks with Republic of Korea Army Gen. Kwon Oh Sung, deputy commander of Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea, before a briefing at JBLM. Photo credit: Spc. Glen Shackley

Gen. Kwon Oh Sung, deputy commander of Combined Forces Command, Republic of Korea, met with Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general, 7th ID - Bayonet 6, senior leadership and staff of the 7th Infantry Division at the division headquarters on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 15. During his visit to JBLM, Gen. Kwon was briefed on Stryker training and the impact of deactivating 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division (Stryker).

Kwon also received an update from Lanza and Courage 6, Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, I Corps Commander, on I Corps' Rebalance to the Pacific, the Integrated Home Station Training Environment and the 1st Special Forces Group Airborne capabilities.

>>> Gen. Kwon, Deputy Commander, Combined Forces Command, Korea paid a visit to the I Corps Headquarters Monday. Photo courtesy of I Corps Facebook

Hyeon Hee Shin, spouse of Kwon, toured Army Community Services, as well as visited with Patti Brown, spouse of Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, I Corps commander, and Sandra Troxell, spouse of I Corps Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell.

>>> From left to right Mrs. Park, Sandra Troxell, Hyeon Hee Shin, Patti Brown and Song Getchell pose in a photo after an Army Community Service brief at Waller Hall, July 15. Photo credit: Sgt. LaToya Nemes

July 15, 2013 at 4:57pm

Col. Louis Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 SBCT today

Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2-2 SBCT from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

On a sun drenched day on Lancer Field at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North, Col. Louis Zeisman received the colors of 2nd Brigade (Stryker Brigade Combat Team), 2nd Infantry Division from Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza, commander, 7th Infantry Division. Zeisman assumed command of 2-2 from Lt. Col. Richard Edwards. In his brief remarks, Zeisman said that his priorities are God, his family, his service and every soldier in the brigade.

Zeisman is a recent graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and his most recent assignment was as the operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 82, ISAF Regional Command - South Headquarters, Afghanistan.

>>> Sgt. Gardner Lewis, 8th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment straightens the squadron's streamers before the Col. Louis Zeisman's Assumption of Command Ceremony on Lancer Field.

July 15, 2013 at 3:58pm

7th ID conducts Ranger School assessment at JBLM

U.S. Army soldiers hurdle over an obstacle during the 7th ID’s Ranger School Assessment on JBLM July 9. Photo credit: Sgt. Zachary Gardner

It only takes a set of orders and a completed packing list to attend Army Ranger School, but it takes mental strength, physical endurance and leadership excellence to pass it.

To help prepare soldiers for the demands of Ranger School, the 7th Infantry Division hosted a Ranger School assessment July 8-10. Only the most promising candidates from this selection will move on to the school.

The point of this assessment is to give Soldiers an idea of what to expect at Ranger School, explained Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Barnette, a Blacksburg S.C. native, and Ranger-qualified Soldier who helped evaluate the candidates.

>>> Staff Sgt. Trevor Oliveira, a reconnaissance scout platoon sergeant with 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, does sit-ups during the confidence course portion of the 7th Infantry Division's Ranger School assessment on Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 9, 2013. Photo credit: Sgt. Zachary Gardner

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July 12, 2013 at 3:58pm

Col. Louis Zeisman will assume command of the Lancer Brigade

A 2009 photo of Lt. Col. Louis Zeisman (center), of Fayetteville, N.C., commander of the 2nd Battalion, 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, Multi-National Division-Baghdad, and Paratroopers. U.S. Army Photo

July 15. An important date in history. In 1779, U.S. troops under Gen. A. Wayne conquered Ft. Stony Point in New York. In 1909, Ty Cobb hit two inside-the-park home runs. In 1916 the Boeing Company (Pacific Aero) was formed by William Boeing in Seattle. In 1991 U.S. troops left northern Iraq. In 1996, after 2,216 consecutive games at shortstop, Cal Ripkin moved to third base. And on July 15, 2013, at 3 p.m., the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, will hold an assumption of command ceremony at Lewis North, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as Col. Louis Zeisman will assume command of the Lancer Brigade from Lt. Col. Richard Edwards.

According to a 7th Infantry Division release, Zeisman is a recent graduate of the United States Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pa., and his most recent assignment was as the operations officer for Combined Joint Task Force 82, ISAF Regional Command - South Headquarters, Afghanistan. Here is some background on Zeisman:

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July 9, 2013 at 12:13pm

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza awards NCO medals

Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Barnette (right) prepares to receive the Army Achievement Medal from Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (center), commanding general of the 7th ID, July 8 at JBLM. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Lindsey Kiber

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, handed out two awards to NCOs who have done tremendous job during a July 8 ceremony at 7th ID Headquarters.

Sgt. 1st Class Kristopher Barnette, a Greenville, S.C., native, with 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division with the 7th Infantry Division, received Army Achievement Medal for for his professionalism, dedication and hard work as the division's 2013 Best Ranger Team, team coach and alternate competitor. The team placed 17th overall, out of nearly 50 teams, in the competition hosted at Fort Benning, Ga., earlier this year. "His knowledge and wisdom directly contributed to the team's overall success," said Lanza. "He represents positive leadership, and is an outstanding role model for soldiers."

Sgt. 1st Class Marvin Johnson, the operations senior non-commissioned officer with the I Corps noncommissioned officer academy, received the Army Commendation Medal for his efforts in securing land and emergency support vehicles for the division ranger school assessment land navigation course.

July 5, 2013 at 12:41pm

Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris retires after three decades of service

Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza (center), commanding general of the 7th Infantry Division, presents Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris with the Distinguished Service Medal, June 28, during Farris' retirement, as the Farris family looks on. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Li

After three decades of service the nation, Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris, the 7th Infantry Division deputy commanding general for operations, was honored during a retirement ceremony hosted by Maj. Gen. Stephen R. Lanza, 7th Infantry Division commanding general, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

"Ask any Army veteran and they'll tell you that the memories of their service are still vivid, no matter how long ago they served. They never forget. It becomes a part of you for the rest of your life. For me, my most memorable assignment has been serving as the brigade commander of 2nd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division, during the Surge in Iraq," Farris explained. "Soldiers of Task Force Falcon fought in and around Sadr City and Northeast Baghdad for 15 months."

After returning from one of the toughest areas in Baghdad, as Lanza was sure to point out to those in attendance, Farris was selected for high-level staff positions with the Office of the Chief of Staff of the Army and Office of the Secretary of the Army, Washington, D.C., before being selected by Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, for his most current position within the 7th Infantry Division.

LINK: Read Staff Sgt. Lindsey's Kibler's full feature on Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris

LINK: Photos of Brig. Gen. Billy Don Farris's retirement ceremony

June 18, 2013 at 11:02am

Best gunner team battles on JBLM to end June 21

What company will take home the Sentinel Cup Friday? Photo courtesy of Facebook

The Sentinels of the 502nd Intelligence Battalion, 201st Battlefield Surveillance Brigade, 7th Infantry Division are competing against one another for the title of "best gunner team" at a MK19 range on Joint Base Lewis McChord. The coveted Sentinel Cup will be award to the winning company Friday, June 21. Enjoy sound bites from Sgt. 1st Class Fletcher Mansfield, Spc. Kevin Moody and Spc. Alexander Conrad in the video below.

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