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July 24, 2013 at 12:36pm

Assault Battery 2-12 leaving Afghanistan for JBLM

U.S. Army soldiers from Assault Battery, 2-12 Field Artillery, board an Air Force C-130 as they depart Forward Operating Base Farah for Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., following a two-month tour of duty with Provincial Reconstruction Team Farah. Photo cr

Tuesday, July 23 members of Nemesis Troop, 4th Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment replaced Assault Battery, 2nd Battalion, 12th Field Artillery Regiment as primary security force element at Forward Operating Base Farah, Afghanistan.

The informal transfer of authority was implemented over several days after Nemesis Troop's arrival to the FOB July 16.

Assault Battery 2-12, integrated with Provincial Reconstruction Team, Farah since May, has been responsible for over 25 patrols into Farah City facilitating security for command team and civil affairs members for multiple key leader engagements with local Afghan provincial leaders. The 2-12 has also been a leading force in providing base defense and security of the FOB.

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July 22, 2013 at 11:53am

Boyfriend and girlfriend reunited at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Sgt. Caleb Olson, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4-2 SBCT, holds his girlfriend, Amanda Newport, during a welcome home ceremony July 18 at Soldiers Field House. Photo credit: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth

Amanda Newport stood among cheering military families as a group of soldiers marched into Soldiers Field House. Once she heard the word "released," Newport navigated her way through the sea of reunions to find her boyfriend, Sgt. Caleb Olson.

Olson, an infantryman with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, was on one of two flights carrying a total of approximately 500 soldiers of 4th SBCT that landed July 18 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

The soldiers deployed to southern Kandahar, Afghanistan, for nine months in support of Operation Enduring Freedom where they advised and assisted the Afghan National Security Forces.

Newport flew from California to be there for the couple's first redeployment ceremony together, she said.

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July 18, 2013 at 10:36am

2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment of JBLM ends its Afghanistan tour

Lt. Col. Henry I. B. McNeilly and Command Sgt. Maj. Aaron White, 1st Battalion, 6th FA Regiment, uncase the battalion colors July 13, 2013 at FOB Spin Boldak, Afghanistan. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Shane Haman, 102nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - The 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment (Combined Task Force 2-23), from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., ended their successful tour in Afghanistan with a transfer of authority ceremony July 13, 2013 here.

The "Tomahawks" deployed as part of the 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, and conducted missions in southern Afghanistan in support of Regional Command (South) and the International Security Assistance Force.

During their nine-month deployment the Tomahawks executed six named operations, fired 269 motor rounds, killed or captured nine insurgents, retrograded more than $100 million of equipment and enabled over 3,000 contact hours between Security Force Assistance Teams and Afghan National Security Forces.

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July 12, 2013 at 1:18pm

JTF Triple Nickel preparing to return to JBLM

Col. Nick Katers, commander of Joint Task Force Triple Nickel, the Theater Engineer Brigade, meets with his combatant commanders to discuss the progress of the Afghan National Army’s engineer force. Photo credit: Petty Officer 1st Class Daniel Garas

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Col. Nick Katers, commander of Joint Task Force Triple Nickel, the Theater Engineer Brigade met with his combatant commanders June 27, 2013, to discuss the progress of the Afghan National Army's engineer force and the future of the ANA's National Engineer Brigade before his unit turns over responsibility to the 130th Engineer Brigade out of Hawaii. JTF Triple Nickel's Headquarters, from the 555th Engineer Brigade, redeploys to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, later in the fall.

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July 11, 2013 at 5:55pm

4-2 SBCT security force leaders arrive at JBLM

Sgt. Maj. Daniel Adle and Sgt. Maj. David Dougherty, both with 4-2 SBCT, give a thumbs-up while waiting for an in-processing brief July 10 at the passenger terminal on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo credit: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4th SBCT, 2nd ID Publi

Following an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, approximately 230 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division "Raiders," returned July 10 to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

Among the returning soldiers were Sgt. Maj. David Dougherty and Col. Thomas Cook. The two senior leaders served on one of the brigade's security force assistance teams (SFATs).

SFATs are groups of soldiers who live with, train, and mentor the Afghan National Security Forces, which include the Afghan National Army, the Afghan Air Force, and the different branches of the Afghan National Police.

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July 8, 2013 at 1:31pm

Perfect Summer: Sunny days and more soldiers returning

Summer! Everyone loves summer, particularly in the South Sound. The days are long, the nights are warm, and you can perfect your farmer's tan while hiking or rafting or riding your bike or just imbibing a fruity drink on the patio.

You know who are going to have a better summer then you?

The approximately 220 soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who are scheduled to return to Joint Base Lewis-McChord Wednesday, July 10, after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. The homecoming ceremony will take place at Soldiers Field House Sports and Fitness Center.

Welcome back soldiers.

>>> Soldiers of 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division return to their friends and families at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 30, after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Available in high definition.

June 27, 2013 at 4:50pm

More 4-2 SBCT soldiers to return Sunday

Here's another alert of more 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division soldiers returning to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. While the JBLM PAO alert reads very similar week to week - except for the number of soldiers returning - the meaning is far from routine. Welcome back 4-2 SBCT. Good to have you home.

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Families and friends will welcome back approximately 260 Soldiers from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, who are scheduled to return home Sunday, June 30, after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

The homecoming ceremony will take place at Soldiers Field House Sports and Fitness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The Soldiers were part of Combined Task Force 4-2, which is responsible for providing security force assistance as Afghan National Security Forces conduct wide-area security operations. The CTF 4-2 also provides support to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan as it strengthens governance efforts to neutralize threats to stability, retain and expand security gains and facilitate transition to follow-on forces.

June 13, 2013 at 7:45am

Morning Report: Sexual assault hearing, South Korea arms, Robot-raven and more ...

Army says Robot-raven could be crucial to its reconnaissance mission. Photo courtesy of inserbia.info

AFGHANISTAN: A combined Afghan and coalition security force killed five extremists after being fired upon during a search of a senior Taliban leader in the Archi district of Afghanistan's Kunduz province today.

SEXUAL ASSAULT: In a dramatic hearing yesterday focused on sexual assault in the military, the Senate Armed Services Committee knocked down an effort to strip military commanders of oversight in the prosecution of serious crimes by their subordinates.

SEQUESTRATION: The Pentagon sent to Congress a report that provides new details about the effects of $37 billion in sequestration cuts through Sept. 30.

PRES. OBAMA: He's pushing back on efforts by Congress to increase war funding for U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

SOUTH KOREA: It anticipates activating its indigenous missile defense system no later than 2020 in order to meet the rising nuclear and missile threat from its neighbor to the north.

ROBOT-RAVEN: The machine is much quieter than helicopters and other similar aircrafts, and can come much closer to opponents, without them detecting its presence.

TG?: TGI Friday's in Kandahar Airfield has closed its doors.

AWESOME: IFC has renewed Portlandia for two more seasons.

FINALLY: Sci-fi bread recipes.

Sienfeld is creepy.

June 11, 2013 at 7:52am

Morning Report: Spying continues, troops pick their benefits, future clothing and more ...

An Old Guard Soldier sounds Taps at the tomb of George Washington at Mount Vernon in Alexandria, Va., June 10, 2013. Happy (or sad) Birthday Army! Photo Credit: J.D. Leipold

AFGHANISTAN: Fourteen people were killed and dozens more injured when a car bomb exploded today next to several buses carrying government workers during rush hour, the second major attack in two days Kabul.

SPYING: U.S. has no plans to end broad surveillance program.

LET'S ASK THE TROOPS: A House committee is prepared to let service members anonymously have a say in their future benefits package.

A BIG GIFT: The Pentagon has notified Congress it wants to sell Libya two C-130J Super Hercules cargo planes, strengthening military ties between America and the burgeoning post-Gadhafi government.

SOMBER START: 238th Army birthday celebrations kick off at Mount Vernon.

WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO WATCH? Ghostbusters' documentary.

LIST: 100 songs - one song from each of the last 100 years.

FINALLY: Star Wars characters recreate historical images.

We can't speak for the rest of you, but Northwest Military is turning things around beginning tomorrowland.

June 5, 2013 at 7:40am

Morning Report: Rice is for security, Panetta is an idiot, Charles Dickens as Morrissey and more ...

Under Secretary of the Army Joseph W. Westphal and Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John F. Campbell discuss the challenges and complexities of retrograde operations with leaders in Afghanistan, May 30, 2013. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Bernardo Fuller

OBAMA APPOINTS: US ambassador to UN, who was lambasted by Republicans for her role in the Benghazi controversy, Susan Rice to replace Tom Donilon.

TODAY AT JBLM: Staff Sgt. Robert Bales today is expected to confess to murdering 16 Afghan civilians.

UNDER SECRETARY, VICE CHIEF: Support for deployed troops Army's top fiscal priority.

WAKE UP TACOMA: The Top 50 military friendly cities doesn't include Tacoma, Seattle ranks 41st.

GOOD ONE: CIA chief Panetta disclosed classified information and name of bin Laden commander at event attended by filmmaker.

HERE IT IS: This is easily the most ridiculous basic training photo we have ever seen.

CONCERNED VETERANS FOR AMERICA: The new organization strives to provide political cover to legislators who want to make "tough decisions about our military."

INTERESTING: The Pentagon has decided to leave a sophisticated missile defense system in Jordan after it is used in a training exercise there.

AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. military has scaled back the support it will provide for Afghan security forces after 2014.

BECK: He's working on two new albums, and you can hear a new song.

MAY THE SAUCE BE WITH YOU: R2-D2 themed pizza box by Domino's Japan.

LIVE LIKE JAMES BOND: Cannon Security RadioVault

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