Joint Base Lewis McChord http://www.kplu.org en Forecast for Pierce County's Economy in 2014: Partly Sunny http://www.kplu.org/post/forecast-pierce-countys-economy-2014-partly-sunny <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s taking longer for Pierce County to bounce back from the recession than counties to the north, such as King and Snohomish. But economists at Pacific Lutheran University expect the economy in Tacoma and the region to show some improvement this year.&nbsp;</span></p><p>PLU<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> economists Martin </span>Wurm<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Neal Johnson have been crunching the numbers on everything from Pierce County’s housing market to retail sales to come up with an economic forecast.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:02:07 +0000 Ashley Gross 12451 at http://www.kplu.org New Legal Resource Guide to Help Military in Washington http://www.kplu.org/post/new-legal-resource-guide-help-military-washington <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state attorney general has compiled a</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;new </span><a href="http://www.atg.wa.gov/pressrelease.aspx?id=31374#.Ui-6tD8bh5J" style="line-height: 1.5;" target="_blank">Military and Veteran Legal Resource Guide</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">aimed at helping active-duty soldiers and veterans learn about their legal rights.</span></p><p>Military personnel and veterans have a number of special legal rights when it comes to such things as interest rates on home loans or getting out of rental agreements. The problem, according to Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson, is too many people are unaware of these protections.</p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 23:16:12 +0000 Paula Wissel 9954 at http://www.kplu.org New Legal Resource Guide to Help Military in Washington Shock, concern are reactions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over Afghanistan killings http://www.kplu.org/post/shock-concern-are-reactions-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-over-afghanistan-killings <p>LAKEWOOD, Wash. &ndash; The U-S soldier who allegedly massacred at least 16 Afghan civilians is reported to be from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Soldiers assigned to the base express shock at the violence and concern about retaliation.</p><p> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 05:33:47 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4404 at http://www.kplu.org Shock, concern are reactions at Joint Base Lewis-McChord over Afghanistan killings Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis http://www.kplu.org/post/suspect-killing-16-afghans-was-fort-lewis <p>WASHINGTON &mdash; A U.S. official says the American who killed 16 Afghan villagers Sunday is a soldier from Washington who was assigned to a remote special operations site.</p><p>A senior U.S. official, speaking on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing, added that the suspect is married and has two children. He served three tours in Iraq, and had been serving his first deployment in Afghanistan since December.</p><div><p>U.S. officials say the soldier acted alone, leaving his base in southern Afghanistan and opening fire on sleeping families in two villages.</p><p> Sun, 11 Mar 2012 21:55:30 +0000 The Associated Press 4403 at http://www.kplu.org Suspect in killing of 16 Afghans was from Fort Lewis Pentagon proposes cutting 100,000 ground troops http://www.kplu.org/post/pentagon-proposes-cutting-100000-ground-troops Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced that the the Pentagon will propose a $33 billion cut in the military's budget, for the 2013 fiscal year.<p>The AP reports that will be achieved by reducing ground forces by 100,000 and by eliminating older aircraft.<p>The AP reports:<p><blockquote><p>"Defense Secretary Leon Panetta tells a Pentagon news conference the administration will request a 2013 budget of $525 billion, plus another $88 billion for operations in Afghanistan. Thu, 26 Jan 2012 20:23:47 +0000 3937 at http://www.kplu.org Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq http://www.kplu.org/post/final-wave-nw-soldiers-welcomed-home-iraq <p>As of this morning, there are fewer than 100 Northwest-based soldiers serving in Iraq. A plane carrying the final large group of returning soldiers touched down at McChord Field near Tacoma at dusk Tuesday.&nbsp;</p><p>The sweetest words for 170 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers and their families:&nbsp;&quot;Captain, dismissed!&quot;</p><p> Wed, 07 Dec 2011 19:10:00 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 3385 at http://www.kplu.org Final wave of NW soldiers welcomed home from Iraq Military's brain-testing program a debacle http://www.kplu.org/post/militarys-brain-testing-program-debacle <em>The U.S. military has spent more than $42 million to test every service member's brain to find out who suffered a traumatic brain injury, or TBI, during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But an investigation by NPR and ProPublica has found that military leaders are refusing to carry out the testing program as Congress ordered. Partly as a result, the program that was supposed to fix things has hardly helped any of the troops.</em><p>On a recent morning, four dozen soldiers who were about to be deployed to Afghanistan filed into a squat wooden building at Fort Lewis, in Washington state. Mon, 28 Nov 2011 18:55:39 +0000 3278 at http://www.kplu.org Military's brain-testing program a debacle Alleged "kill team" leader back in court http://www.kplu.org/post/alleged-kill-team-leader-back-court <p>JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. &ndash; The credibility of the prosecution&#39;s star witness is the key issue at the moment in a war crimes case unfolding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. A second pre-trial hearing got underway Thursday for the alleged ringleader of a group of Washington-based soldiers accused of murdering Afghan civilians.</p><p>This second hearing is a chance for the defense to call witnesses who were not previously available. Chief among them: Army Private Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla, Alaska.</p> Thu, 21 Jul 2011 23:35:20 +0000 Austin Jenkins 2149 at http://www.kplu.org Alleged "kill team" leader back in court Northwest soldier given nation's highest military honor http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-soldier-given-nations-highest-military-honor <p>President Barack Obama hung the Medal of Honor around the neck of Sergeant First Class Leroy Petry, from the Joint Base Lewis McChord, in a ceremony at the White House today. &nbsp;Petry is assigned to an Army Rangers regiment at Fort Benning, Georgia.</p><p> Wed, 13 Jul 2011 00:44:57 +0000 KPLU 2075 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest soldier given nation's highest military honor Lesbian Air Force Major agrees to retire http://www.kplu.org/post/lesbian-air-force-major-agrees-retire <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-968240.mp3</p><p>A lesbian Air Force Major who was trying to get her job back has decided to retire instead. &nbsp;Under an agreement reached with the Pentagon, flight nurse Margaret Witt will retire with full benefits and her discharge will be removed from her record. Tue, 10 May 2011 23:40:46 +0000 Paula Wissel 1571 at http://www.kplu.org Lesbian Air Force Major agrees to retire Northwest airmen soldiers aiding in Libya operation http://www.kplu.org/post/northwest-airmen-soldiers-aiding-libya-operation <p>Some Air Force and Army bases in the Northwest are helping with the Libyan fight. Seven tankers and about 100 airmen from Fairchild Air Force Base are already working in undisclosed locations in support of <a href="http://www.defense.gov/home/features/2011/0311_libya2/">Operation Odyssey Dawn</a>.</p><p> Fri, 25 Mar 2011 14:42:54 +0000 Anna King & KPLU News Staff 1071 at http://www.kplu.org Northwest airmen soldiers aiding in Libya operation Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes http://www.kplu.org/post/soldier-sentenced-24-years-war-crimes <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-959272.mp3</p><p>A Washington-based soldier has been sentenced to 24-years in prison for killing unarmed civilians in Afghanistan. Specialist Jeremy Morlock pleaded guilty to three counts of premeditated murder and other crimes.</p><p> Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:55:16 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 1065 at http://www.kplu.org Soldier sentenced to 24 years for war crimes Army probe finds no deliberate mistreatment of Oregon Guard troops http://www.kplu.org/post/army-probe-finds-no-deliberate-mistreatment-oregon-guard-troops <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-956673.mp3</p><p>&quot;Very disappointing.&quot; That&#39;s how Oregon Senator Ron Wyden describes a series of Army investigations into the treatment of injured Oregon National Guard soldiers last year. Those inquires conclude the Oregon troops were not treated as second class soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.</p><p> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 17:00:10 +0000 Tom Banse & KPLU News Staff 961 at http://www.kplu.org 50 Joint Base Lewis-McChord suicides since 2002 http://www.kplu.org/post/50-joint-base-lewis-mcchord-suicides-2002 <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955164.mp3</p><p>Fifty soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord have killed themselves since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Some committed suicide on-base, others off and still others while deployed overseas.&nbsp; Leaders at JBLM say they&rsquo;ve dramatically stepped up efforts to combat suicide. But they admit it&rsquo;s not easy to change Army culture.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 17:23:53 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 903 at http://www.kplu.org 50 Joint Base Lewis-McChord suicides since 2002 Another tragic homecoming for a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier http://www.kplu.org/post/another-tragic-homecoming-5th-stryker-brigade-soldier <p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">It was national news when a Washington-based soldier just back from Afghanistan died in a shootout with police in Salt Lake City. That was in August. Around the same time another soldier from the same brigade also died violently. But his death didn’t get much notice. It happened on a dark two-lane road in rural Wisconsin. &nbsp;</span></p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 16:00:25 +0000 Austin Jenkins 278 at http://www.kplu.org Another tragic homecoming for a 5th Stryker Brigade soldier