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November 28, 2013 at 8:47am

A Lancer Thanksgiving: Two turkeys are spared at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Turkey cooked to perfection at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

The two turkeys in the cage in front of the Lancer dining facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord North yesterday were the lucky ones.

They weren't being cooked and then eaten.

Inside the facility, soldiers from 2nd Brigade (Lancers), 2nd Infantry Division enjoyed a Thanksgiving dinner comprised of roast beef, mashed potatoes, green beans, carrots, lobster, gravy, stuffing, pie, cake, breads, ice cream and - yes - turkey.

"We've spent the last three weeks getting ready for today," Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Campbell, the dining facility manager, said as we watched his staff work to keep the food coming.

"This is definitely the busiest day of the year for us, and we're prepared to serve up to 1,500 soldiers today."

>>> Spc. Keith Welch butters carrots during an annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Thanksgiving dinner Wednesday, Nov. 27. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Some of the brigade's officers and senior noncommissioned officers served the Thanksgiving repast to their soldiers and their families.

As soldiers filed past the brigade's Command Sgt. Maj. Timothy Dotson, he would ask them what their physical fitness score was.

"That's a great score," Dotson said as he piled roast beef onto their plates.  "Now have a wonderful Thanksgiving."

>>> Sgt. 1stClass Yao Pan puts the finishing touches on a fruit garnish in preparation for a Thanksgiving dinner at the Lancer Dining Facility. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Working beside the sergeant major, Col. Louis Zeisman carved beef and had a kind word for every soldier that passed by.

"These soldiers we are serving are the heroes," he said during a brief pause in the serving line.

"It's our privilege to serve them and their families."

>>> More than 500 pounds of turkey were prepared and served for the soldiers of 2nd Brigade.  These two were lucky. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

>>>  One of the most popular lines was the pie line. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

>>>  PV2 Aaron Kalior made sure there were plenty of cakes, cookies and sweetbreads during the Thanksgiving dinner. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

>>>  Command Sgt. Maj. Cedric More, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery, serves a soldier his Thanksgiving dinner. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

>>>  Col. Louis Zeisman, commander, 2nd Brigade (Lancers), 2nd Infantry Division and CSM Timothy Dotson helped to serve soldiers their Thanksgiving dinner. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

>>> A large sculpture of a Native American warrior on horse back dominated the dining area where Lancer soldiers enjoyed their Thanksgiving dinners. Spc. Raphael Yee used tallow to create the iconic image. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

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 3:42pm

JBLM Staff Sgt. Ty Michael to receive Medal of Honor

Staff Sgt. Ty Carter, part of the White Platoon fire team, 8-1 Cavalry, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, provides overwatch on a road near Dahla Dam, Afghanistan, in July 2012. Photo courtesy of U.S. Army

This in from the 7th Infantry Division Public Affairs Office:

Staff Sgt. Ty Michael will receive the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions while serving as a cavalry scout with Troop B, 3rd Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, during combat operations in Kamdesh District, Nuristan Province, Afghanistan, on Oct. 3, 2009.

The 7th Infantry Division will host a press conference with Staff Sgt. Ty Michael Carter, on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, 10:30 a.m. Monday. Carter is scheduled to be awarded the Medal of Honor for conspicuous gallantry in a ceremony at the White House on August 26.

Carter will be the fifth living recipient to be awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.  He and his family will join the President at the White House to commemorate his example of selfless service.
 
Information on Carter can be found at www.army.mil/medalofhonor/carter.

July 25, 2013 at 12:39pm

Sgt. Derek Pursell pops the question at 4-2 SBCT homecoming ceremony

Spc. Derek Pursell, an IT specialist with 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4-2 SBCT, slides an engagement ring onto his fiancé, Tanesha Parker’s hand after proposing to her during a welcome home ceremony, July 24. Photo credit: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth

Dressed in his combat uniform, Spc. Derek Pursell, an information technology specialist with 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, searched the crowd for his mother, Michelle, and his girlfriend, Tanesha Parker. As he embraced Parker, his mother slipped a tiny, black box into his right cargo pocket.

Surrounded by approximately 200 other redeploying soldiers and their families, he got down on one knee and proposed to Parker during a welcome home ceremony, July 24, at Soldiers Field House on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

With tears of joy in her eyes, Parker accepted.

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July 22, 2013 at 4:15pm

JBLM Classroom to be dedicated to Sgt. Nicholas M. Dickhut

As you remember Sgt. Nicholas M. Dickhut, of Rochester, Minn., died April 30, 2012, in Zharay, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire. Tuesday, July 23, the Joint Fires Observer classroom will be dedicated in honor of 1st Battalion, 37th Infantry Regiment Soldier.

Prior to his tour of duty in Afghanistan, Dickhut served in Iraq from July through December 2009. Dickhut earned the Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

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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 17, 2013 at 4:35pm

Your next two days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Several noteworthy events are going down over the next two days at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

First, one of the largest numbers of solders from 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division will return to JBLM. Approximately 500 soldiers will touch down the afternoon of Thursday, July 18, after an eight-month deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

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July 12, 2013 at 1:37pm

Tomahawks produced plumes of black smoke in classroom

U.S. Soldiers with C Co., 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 4-2 SBCT, participate in call-for-fire familiarization training using a call for fire trainer at JBLM July 10. Photo credit: Spc. Reese Von Rogatsz

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment "Tomahawks", 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, took part in call-for-fire familiarization training enhanced by the use of a high-tech simulator, July 10.

The Call for Fire Trainer provides realistic observed fire training in support of all indirect fire and close air support mission tasks across simulated battlefield environments. Its capabilities are used to instruct all levels of personnel in tasks, procedures and mission planning.

"This is as effective as you can get in a classroom setting," said 1st Lt. Scott Hasenpflug, fire support officer with Company C, 2nd Bn., 23rd Inf. Regt.

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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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