Joint Base Lewis-McChord http://www.kplu.org en Pierce County economy to grow faster this year http://www.kplu.org/post/pierce-county-economy-grow-faster-year <p></p><p>A team of economists at the University of Puget Sound say strength in military spending and port traffic will help lift Pierce County’s economy this year.</p><p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 17:00:00 +0000 Ashley Gross 7534 at http://www.kplu.org Pierce County economy to grow faster this year Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis http://www.kplu.org/post/two-years-later-former-soldier-vindicated-ptsd-diagnosis LAKEWOOD, Wash. – Washington Senator Patty Murray has introduced legislation to overhaul the mental health system for war veterans. The move comes in the wake of a scandal at Washington’s Madigan Army Hospital. Doctors there incorrectly told dozens of soldiers they didn’t suffer from PTSD. One of those soldiers was Richard Kellar.<p>Richard Kellar has entered year six of his fight to regain his life after getting blown up in Iraq. Doctors had to re-attach his nose. He has a Traumatic Brain Injury. And then there are the emotional wounds of war. Tue, 03 Jul 2012 00:44:10 +0000 5477 at http://www.kplu.org Two years later, former soldier 'vindicated' by PTSD diagnosis Grieving mother calls JBLM midair helicopter crash 'preventable' http://www.kplu.org/post/grieving-mother-calls-jblm-midair-helicopter-crash-preventable “Heartbreaking” and “Preventable.” That’s how the mother of an Army helicopter pilot describes the midair crash that killed her son and three others last December. It happened during a nighttime training exercise at Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A report released this week finds that commanders knew about radar and radio limitations in the training area where the crash happened. But apparently those communication gaps went unresolved – despite other near misses.<p>Among the four Army aviators killed: Chief Warrant Officer Frank Buoniconti . He was 36-years old. Thu, 03 May 2012 23:50:09 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4929 at http://www.kplu.org Grieving mother calls JBLM midair helicopter crash 'preventable' Army Investigation: Midair Crash Killed Four Helicopter Pilots In December http://www.kplu.org/post/human-error-blamed-jblm-midair-collision-killed-4 For the first time, the U.S. Army is confirming it was a midair collision that brought down two helicopters last December at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The results of an internal investigation into the crash that killed four pilots was released Monday. It blames pilot error, not a mechanical failure.<p>The two Kiowa Warrior reconnaissance helicopters were on a nighttime training mission last December 12th. Mon, 30 Apr 2012 22:15:18 +0000 4883 at http://www.kplu.org Army Investigation: Midair Crash Killed Four Helicopter Pilots In December Anti-tank weapon found in Pierce County home http://www.kplu.org/post/anti-tank-weapon-found-pierce-county-home <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. &mdash; Joint Base Lewis-McChord says an anti-tank weapon that was found at a home in Pierce County is not from the Army base.</p><p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 14:24:45 +0000 The Associated Press 4731 at http://www.kplu.org Anti-tank weapon found in Pierce County home Bales to be charged with murder; had two assault cases http://www.kplu.org/post/bales-be-charged-murder-had-two-assault-cases <p>A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.</p><p>It has also come to light that Bales was accused in a second incident involving alcohol and violence.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:25:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4540 at http://www.kplu.org General: Wash. base deals with PTSD sufficiently http://www.kplu.org/post/general-wash-base-deals-ptsd-sufficiently <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. &mdash; A top military commander speaking at the base of the soldier suspected of killing 16 Afghan civilians says the Army is adequately dealing with mental health and other issues related to multiple deployments.</p><p> Fri, 16 Mar 2012 19:43:53 +0000 The Associated Press 4460 at http://www.kplu.org Lewis-McChord officer charged with threatening wife, girlfriend, boss http://www.kplu.org/post/lewis-mcchord-officer-charged-threatening-wife-girlfriend-boss OLYMPIA, Wash. – A Lieutenant Colonel from Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been charged with threatening to kill his girlfriend, his estranged wife and his Army boss. The allegations come just days after another Lewis-McChord soldier was accused of a murderous attack on Afghan civilians.<p>Lt. Col Robert Underwood is charged with three counts of felony harassment. Wed, 14 Mar 2012 16:12:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4431 at http://www.kplu.org Army investigating Madigan memo on PTSD costs http://www.kplu.org/post/army-investigating-madigan-memo-ptsd-costs <p>The Army is investigating whether the cost of care and benefits is influencing the diagnosis of soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder at Madigan Army Medical Center.</p><p> Tue, 07 Feb 2012 17:33:31 +0000 The Associated Press 4077 at http://www.kplu.org Army won’t say yet if helicopters collided in deadly crash http://www.kplu.org/post/army-won%E2%80%99t-say-yet-if-helicopters-collided-deadly-crash <p>THURSTON COUNTY, Wash. &ndash; The Army isn&rsquo;t saying yet whether a mid-air collision caused the crash of two reconnaissance helicopters at a training area on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The accident Monday night killed four Washington-based Army aviators.</p><p> Tue, 13 Dec 2011 19:57:07 +0000 Austin Jenkins 3439 at http://www.kplu.org Army won’t say yet if helicopters collided in deadly crash Police investigating two apparent soldiers suicides in recent weeks http://www.kplu.org/post/police-investigating-two-apparent-soldiers-suicides-recent-weeks <p>Police in Lakewood, Wash., are investigating the apparent suicides of two soldiers from the nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord in recent weeks. In both cases, police say the soldiers shot themselves in the presence of someone else.</p><p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 23:54:50 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2237 at http://www.kplu.org With defense money, scientists swap eggs to reverse lark's decline http://www.kplu.org/post/defense-money-scientists-swap-eggs-reverse-larks-decline <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Wildlife biologists are employing a little trickery to stop the downward spiral of a rare grassland bird in Western Washington. On Friday, biologists took eggs from healthier larks in Oregon and swapping them into western Washington nests, hoping the lark mothers don&#39;t notice.</p><p> Mon, 01 Aug 2011 17:43:19 +0000 Tom Banse 2222 at http://www.kplu.org With defense money, scientists swap eggs to reverse lark's decline Motorcycle crashes claim three NW soldiers since April http://www.kplu.org/post/motorcycle-crashes-claim-three-nw-soldiers-april <p>OLYMPIA, Wash. &ndash; Three Washington-based soldiers have been killed in high-speed motorcycle accidents since April. And it turns out all three were riding the same model of high performance bike. The Washington State Patrol says the accidents were horrific and avoidable.</p><p> Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:34:01 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2167 at http://www.kplu.org Motorcycle crashes claim three NW soldiers since April More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help http://www.kplu.org/post/more-lewis-mcchord-soldiers-seeking-mental-help <p>Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are hopeful they&#39;re making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues.</p><p> Mon, 27 Jun 2011 15:07:23 +0000 The Associated Press 1959 at http://www.kplu.org More Lewis-McChord soldiers seeking mental help Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice http://www.kplu.org/post/lewis-mcchord-combat-vet-loses-gi-bill-pot-and-spice <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-967243.mp3</p><p>Here&#39;s a soldier&#39;s tale. Bill Surwillo deploys to Afghanistan. Nearly a quarter of his platoon is killed. He comes home with PTSD. He turns to marijuana and spice &ndash; a synthetic version of the drug &ndash; to relax. The Army kicks him out and takes away his GI Bill. Is this fair? Thu, 05 May 2011 19:02:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 1540 at http://www.kplu.org Lewis-McChord combat vet loses GI Bill for pot and spice