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October 28, 2013 at 11:41am

Military receive free tickets to PLU vs. UPS football game Saturday

Are you ready for some football? Photo courtesy of Facebook

As a way of saying thanks for their service, Pacific Lutheran University is inviting the troops - active and retired - to attend PLU's final home game of the season free Saturday, Nov. 2.

It's an early Veteran Day's appreciation moment.

"With our close proximity to JBLM, we wanted to do something to recognize our veterans," said Tyler Scott, PLU's sports information director. "We wanted to do something to recognize our veterans in our last home game of the year."

PLU's last home game of the season will be Saturday against rival University of Puget Sound. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. They anticipate handing out 1,000 tickets.

"Just come to the game and get the tickets," Scott said. "Show your military ID and you get in."

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April 7, 2011 at 2:22pm

JBLM to dedicate new building to honor fallen Soldier

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Brig. Gen. Daniel York, commanding general of the 104th Training Division (Leader Training), along with other senior military leaders and elected officials, will dedicate the 104th Training Division Headquarters building Saturday, April 9, in memory of Staff Sgt. Coby G. Schwab, a U.S. Army Reserve Soldier and former member of JBLM's 3rd Stryker Brigade.

The building dedication ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. at the 104th Headquarters building located at the JBLM Logistics Center. Family and friends of Staff Sgt. Schwab will be in attendance.

Staff Sgt. Schwab, an Army Reserve Soldier and a Puyallup resident, was killed May 3, 2007, during a recovery operation of a damaged vehicle near a canal. Schwab was returning to his vehicle after reattaching the recovery straps to the disabled vehicle which was threatening to pull both vehicles into the canal when he was killed in a secondary explosion caused by an IED. The incident took place near Ar Ramadi, during his second deployment in Iraq.

Schwab was assigned to Company B, 321st Engineer Battalion, 301st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 416th Theater Engineer Command. He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star with Valor Device, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Combat Action Badge. At the time of his death, Schwab was 25.

Schwab served previously as an Infantryman with the 5th Battalion, 20th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, from February 2001 to February 2005. He was a Stryker vehicle commander and team leader and deployed with 3/2 SBCT to Iraq in 2003 -2004. Following that deployment he left active duty and continued his military service by transferring to the United States Army Reserve.

Schwab was passionate about ensuring that Soldiers had proper training and he used his previous active duty deployment experience with the Stryker Brigade to prepare his fellow Reserve Soldiers for duty in Iraq.

Filed under: Army News, Ceremony, Honors, Puyallup,

April 4, 2011 at 1:45pm

JBLM Soldier arrested on suspicion of assault

This from The News Tribune: A soldier who has just returned from a tour overseas fired a gun during an argument with his wife and has locked himself inside his home with his 2-year-old old child while refusing to speak to authorities, Pierce County sheriff's spokesman Ed Troyer said Sunday night.

The SWAT team was called to the home at 130th Street and Meridian Avenue just outside Puyallup about 8:30 p.m.

The wife safely escaped the home.

"He's inside his residence armed, refusing to talk to us or come out," Troyer said.

The soldier was later arrested on suspicion of assault after a tip led the SWAT team to a home in the 7600 block of 35th Street West in University Place, Troyer said.

Filed under: Army News, Crime, Puyallup,

October 19, 2010 at 9:20am

Guard troops to help local wetlands

CAMP MURRAY, Wash. - Approximately 70 citizen-soldiers from the Washington Army National Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program will partner with Citizens for a Healthy Bay to protect and facilitate growth of the Gog-Le-Hi-Te wetlands along the Puyallup River on Sunday, October 24.

This community service project is part of a nationwide National Guard initiative known as "Guard the Environment."  The program is designed to protect and enhance the environment in our communities and reaffirm the Guard's commitment to the environment.

"Members of the Washington National Guard live and serve in communities all over the state.  Fulfilling our civic duty to the environment enhances the quality of life for us all," said Maj. Gen. Timothy J. Lowenberg, the Adjutant General.

The "Guard the Environment" program is also designed to be an educational opportunity for our citizen-soldiers. Partnering with local organizations dedicated to environmental health and sustainment provides a hands-on classroom through community service.  

The area known as the Gog-le-hi-te wetlands were once a landfill along the Puyallup River. The Puyallup Indians named the off-channel sites to mean "where the land and waters meet."  The man-made wetlands support a healthy ecosystem with thousands of plants, more than 100 types of birds and a variety of mammals, fish, reptiles and amphibians. 

Filed under: National Guard, Puyallup,

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 9, 2010 at 3:21pm

Free Puyallup Fair admission for military

The Puyallup Fair, which kicks off Friday, is offering free admission for active, retired and reserve military and National Guard and their family members, plus disabled veterans with a valid military ID on Sept. 13 and 20.

For more information, visit www.thefair.com.

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