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January 4, 2011 at 8:19am

Army sergeant charged in burgulary

This from The Olympian: OLYMPIA - A 25-year-old sergeant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was arrested at his in-laws' Olympia home near Black Lake early New Year's Day after witnesses said he entered a neighbor's house uninvited and brandished a handgun, court papers state.

Sgt. Joseph Lee Winkelman, who returned to Olympia in August after a one-year deployment to Iraq with a Stryker brigade, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree burglary. He was in the process of being released from the Thurston County Jail on Monday on his personal recognizance, meaning he did not have to post bail. 

When Thurston County sheriff's deputies made contact with the soldier, he was holding a pistol to his own head. The soldier set the gun down after the deputies ordered him to do so at gunpoint, Thurston County sheriff's Lt. Greg Elwin said.

For more on the story, click here.

Filed under: Crime, Fort Lewis, Deployment, Olympia,

December 1, 2010 at 5:59pm

JBLM soldier to light Capitol holiday tree

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. - A soldier who returned this summer from duty in Afghanistan and his family will join Gov. Christine Gregoire Dec. 3 to light the Holiday Tree in the rotunda of the Capitol Building in Olympia. 

Sgt. Kevin Barretta, Company C., 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, along with his wife Amanda and their children Madison, 6, and Abigail, 2, will represent Joint Base Lewis-McChord through participation in the Holiday Tree lighting ceremony. 

Sgt. Barretta has been assigned to the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team for more than four years and deployed to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom from July 2009 through June 2010. He has served in many infantry positions such as rifleman, automatic rifleman, team leader, and squad leader.  As a rifle team leader, Sgt. Barretta led his men on more than 200 missions and patrols in Zabul and Helmand Provinces, Afghanistan.  His excellent leadership and care for soldiers has made him an integral part of the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team.

Sgt. Barretta is originally from Newman, Calif. 

For more than 20 years, the Association of Washington Business has sponsored the Holiday Tree at the Washington State Capitol. This year, a 25-foot Noble fir will be lit at what has become an annual holiday tradition for the governor, fire departments, families and the community to come together.

The Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Washington State Capitol Rotunda Legislative Building in Olympia with musical selections from Kids in Koncert.  Just before 6:30 p.m. the lighting will take place with Gov. Christine Gregoire and the Barretta Family.

Over the past several years an Army Reserve Soldier or National Guard soldier from Washington State has participated in the Holiday Tree lighting.  This year the state asked JBLM to select an active-duty soldier and family from the base to participate.

"It's an honor for Sgt. Barretta and his family to not only participate in the tree lighting in Olympia, but to represent all the military men and women at JBLM who serve our country," said CSM Frank A. Grippe.command sergeant major of I Corps. "This is also an opportunity for all the leaders at the base to thank everyone in our surrounding communities for supporting our Soldiers and their families. Thank you." 

Filed under: Army News, Ceremony, Familes, Olympia,

June 30, 2010 at 9:24am

Guard band begins summer concert series

CAMP MURRAY - The Washington Army National Guard's 133rd Army Band will perform a series of free community summer concerts through July 8.  Concert venues range from Tacoma and Olympia areas to the peninsula.

The 133rd Band will be performing works by contemporary composers Julie Giroux and Leonard Bernstein, and many patriotic favorites during the course of their concert schedule:

June 30 - Huntamer Park in Lacey at noon.

June 30 - Pioneer Park in Steilacoom at 6:30 p.m.

July 1 - Capital Campus Lawn in Olympia at 7:00 p.m.

July 2 - James Center of the Performing Arts in Sequim at 6:00 p.m.

July 3 - McCurdy Pavilion at Fort Warden Park in Port Townsend at 6:30 p.m.

July 4 - City of Port Angeles 4th of July Celebration at 6:00 and 8:30


July 6 - Skansie Park in Gig Harbor at 7:00 p.m.

July 7 - VA Hospital in Lakewood at 1:00 pm and 6:30 p.m.

July 8 - Curran Apple Orchard in University Place at 6:30 p.m.

The 133rd Band is comprised of 41 citizen-soldiers who serve as musical ambassadors to our communities, in addition to providing music throughout the full spectrum of military operations.   

February 26, 2010 at 7:03am

Religion and the military

James Yee, the former Fort Lewis chaplain accussed of spying and later cleared of all charges is the keynote speaker Wednesday at Evergreen State College panel discussion regarding religion and war.  Here's the story from the Olympian.

Filed under: Olympia,

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