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June 4, 2013 at 10:57am

Service for Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson is tomorrow

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affair Office sent a reminder that the service for Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson will be held tomorrow.

Family, friends, Service members and the Joint Base community will remember a 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldier who died while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in a ceremony to be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the JBLM Lewis North Chapel.

Staff Sgt. Michael H. Simpson, 30, of San Antonio, Texas, died May 1 in Landstuhl, Germany, of wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit on April 27, with an improvised explosive device in Arian, Afghanistan.  He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash.

May 29, 2013 at 8:05pm

Sen. Mike Carrell, active military supporter, died today

Sen. Mike Carrell, 69, lost his battle with myelodysplastic syndrome, which compromises the body's born marrow, Wednesday, May 29 while under care at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. 

Carrell spent almost two decades serving in the Washington State Legislature, first as part of the state's House of Representatives for 10 years and then as a member of the Senate, to which he was first elected in 2004. 

Most notably, Carrell authored both the bill that reformed the Washington criminal justice system in order to better protect the public and the "Becca" laws, which help to identify truant, at-risk youth so that they can receive assistance and guidance.

The Lakewood resident also held the military in high regard and worked hard to sponsor bills that would allow for easier transitions from the military into civilian life and to pass resolutions that would honor servicemembers' service. Additionally, he was a part of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Military Affairs. 

In 2006, he memorably championed renaming the Berkeley Avenue I-5 overpass, which provides direct access to the Camp Murray front gate and the Madigan Army Medical Center gate to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. From that point on, the overpass has been officially referred to as "Freedom Bridge." 

Any cards, flowers or gifts can be sent to his Olympia office at P.O. Box 40428 Olympia, WA 98504-0428. 

Our thoughts are with the Carrell family.

May 27, 2013 at 3:33pm

Joint Base Lewis-McChord honors Memorial Day

1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment honors the fallen during a Memorial Day service at the Fort Lewis Cemetery. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Joint Base Lewis-McChord came together today at the Fort Lewis Cemetery to honor the nation's fallen.

"Today, we remember and honor the American Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and women, Marines and Coast Guard personnel, ordinary men and women, who died while in military service," Maj. Gen. Stephen Lanza said while a steady, light rain fell.

"The graves at Arlington and at cemeteries like this one remind us that freedom is not free.  It has a cost.  The Soldiers resting here lived supporting the lives and values that are the backbone of our nation," the commander of the 7th Infantry Division added.

Joining Lanza where hundreds of service members, Gold Star mothers and dependents, area residents and local elected and retired officials.

"I came to pay my respects," Erika Clayton said as she waited for the commemoration to begin. 

"I want to remember these heroes who have done so much for this country. Their service is close to my heart."

A short distance away, Larry Paulson walked - and paused often - among the white, granite headstones.

"I respect this place," the Vietnam veteran said quietly. "I feel as though I know every person here; I am the groundskeeper here, and I am honored to serve here."

>>> With the 1st Battalion, 377th Field Artillery Regiment in the background and Sgt. Garrett Tignor, I Corps Honor Guard, in the foreground, the JBLM community honored the fallen at the Fort Lewis Cemetery during a Memorial Day commemoration.Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

After the laying of a wreath and a 21-gun salute, there was a one-minute moment of silence. 

"This was touching," Spc. Derrick Helsel, I Corps Honor Guard, said as people began to head make their way home.

"I honor the sense of sacrifice, and I am honored to be here."

>>> Spc. Derrick Helsel, I Corps Honor Guard, waits in the rain during a Memorial Day commemoration at the Fort Lewis Cemetery. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

May 23, 2013 at 2:35pm

The Arlington Project at Clover Park High School

Students at Clover Park High School work on The Arlington Project. In its eighth year, it honors the 6,650 service members who have fallen since 9/11. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Ariona Hendricks walked along a long row of stakes, each with the name of a fallen service member.

"I'm looking to make sure there are no duplicates," the Clover Park High School sophomore said. 

"It's a sign of respect to honor those who have given they lives for us."

As Memorial Day approaches, Clover Park High School students have been engaged in The Arlington Project.

Begun eight years ago by instructors David Russell and Bryan Winkler, the stakes are laid out in the exact same way the headstones are at Arlington National Cemetery.

>>> Cpl. Brandan Craig, Army, is remembered as part of The Arlington Project. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

"When we started in 2005, there were 4,564," Winkler said.  "Now there are 6,650 - all deserving of recognition."

Zoey Selby agreed.

A senior at Clover Park High School, she invites the public to join her in a HERO - WOD, or Workout of the Day, activity.

"We can use a good physical workout to remember those who worked hard and gave their lives for us," Selby said.

For more information on this project, visit

Filed under: Holidays, Memorial, Lakewood, Education,

May 20, 2013 at 7:38am

University Place Veterans Memorial and Plaza update

Computer generated rendering of the proposed University Place Veterans Plaza (northeast view). Illustration courtesy of

Late University Place Councilwoman Jean Brooks had a vision. She wanted to see her beloved city honor local military veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice for their country. Her dream was to create a prominently displayed memorial to those who served as well as a plaza for the community to come together in remembrance and celebration of community servicemembers.  

In 2009 Brooks — along with her husband and diverse group of local community and civic leaders, veteran's organization members and other volunteers — formed a committee to make the University Place Veterans Memorial and Plaza a reality. Sadly, Brooks passed away before she could see her dream realized. However, her dedicated committee is honored to continue her work on behalf of the veterans, servicemembers and citizens that call University Place home.

The project has made great strides since the committee's inception. The selected location of the memorial and plaza is going to be just south of the intersection of Cirque Drive and Bridgeport Way West, in the right-of-way park located on the west side of Bridgeport Way. The space will house two adjoining plaza formed together by two concentric ring elements and radiating segments.


Filed under: Veterans, Memorial,

May 14, 2013 at 1:16pm

Memorial May 15 for Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom

Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom

This just in from the 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Public Affairs Office:

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Family, friends, Service members and the Joint Base community will remember a 4th Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Soldier who died while deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom in a ceremony to be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the JBLM Lewis North Chapel.

Sgt. 1st Class James F. Grissom, 31, of Hayward, Calif., died March 21 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, Germany, of wounds suffered from small arms fire March 18 in Paktika Province, Afghanistan.

September 4, 2009 at 11:10am

Operation Homefront's 2009 Freedom Walk


On Friday Sept. 11, Operation Homefront will join groups across America to host a Freedom Walk in remembrance of the 9-11 attacks.  The 2-mile Freedom Walk will begin and end at Thea Park in Tacoma. Walkers will start, er, walking at 5 p.m. There is no cost to participate. ?

Pre-register online here. 

Filed under: Memorial, Sports, Tacoma,

July 21, 2009 at 11:05am

Wreathlaying ceremony to honor Korean War veterans


Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs sent this our way:

OLYMPIA – Washington residents are invited to pay tribute to veterans of the Korean War on Saturday, July 25, as veterans groups gather in Olympia to remember the 56th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

A special wreathlaying ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. at the Korean War Veterans Memorial on the East Capitol Campus, as well as the unveiling of the name of Corporal William B. Morse of Keyport.

All organizations and individuals are welcome to bring flowers and/or wreaths to place during the ceremony. This event marks the16th anniversary of the dedication of the Washington State Korean War Veterans Memorial. 

For information and directions to the memorial, visit or call 1-800-562-0132 option 1.

Filed under: Memorial, Olympia, Veterans,

June 9, 2009 at 9:13am

Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall coming


The Dignity Memorial Vietnam Wall - the traveling, three-quarter-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  - will land at the Acacia Memorial Park in Seattle Aug. 14-16.  Dedicated to Vietnam veterans and honoring all U.S. service-men and women, the faux-granite replica is 240 feet long, eight feet high and contains the names of more than 58,000 Americans who died or are missing in Vietnam. 

Filed under: Memorial,

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