Army http://www.kplu.org en 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 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 War crimes case expected to go to jury http://www.kplu.org/post/war-crimes-case-expected-go-jury <p>The judge in a high profile war crimes court martial is expected to send the case to the jury today. Closing arguments are now complete in the case against Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs. He&#39;s accused of orchestrating the deaths of unarmed Afghan civilians.</p><blockquote><p>Army prosecutor Major Robert Snow told the military jury their decision should not be difficult. His precise closing words: &quot;Let your verdict speak the truth that Staff Sgt. Gibbs is a murderer.&quot;</p> Thu, 10 Nov 2011 17:43:03 +0000 Tom Banse 3165 at http://www.kplu.org How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood http://www.kplu.org/post/how-911-changed-one-college-students-path-adulthood <p><em>&ldquo;There was such a shift from what I thought life was going to be, to what it turned out to be. That&rsquo;s where things really started for me.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s where I started growing up, I would say.&rdquo;</em></p><p>In early September of 2001, Kevin Finch moved from his childhood home in Puyallup, Wash., to the dorms at Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) to start his freshman year in college. His plan was to finish in 4 years with a degree in something related to health care, an idea that began to unravel on just his second day of class.</p><p> Fri, 09 Sep 2011 15:30:06 +0000 Charla Bear 2575 at http://www.kplu.org How 9/11 changed one college student's path to adulthood 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 Family faults Army in case of AWOL soldier killed by police http://www.kplu.org/post/family-faults-army-case-awol-soldier-killed-police <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-955170.mp3</p><p>It was a surreal scene last August 27th in downtown Salt Lake City. A soldier - AWOL from his base in Western Washington - emerged from an underground parking lot. He was dressed head-to-toe in combat gear and carrying a rifle.</p><p>Seconds later the soldier was dead. Now, an internal Army investigation has found shortcomings in how the case was handled. The family of Specialist Brandon Barrett blames the Army for not intervening sooner.</p><p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 04:56:59 +0000 Austin Jenkins & KPLU News Staff 905 at http://www.kplu.org Family faults Army in case of AWOL soldier killed by police Possible deal for soldier accused in Afghan War crimes http://www.kplu.org/post/possible-deal-soldier-accused-afghan-war-crimes <p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/kplu/local-kplu-948742.mp3</p><p><span class="Apple-style-span" style="line-height: 18px; font-size: 12px; ">There's been a significant development in the case of five Washington-based soldiers accused of killing unarmed Afghan civilians last year. The Washington Post reports a plea deal has been struck with one of the key defendants. But an Army spokesman cautions nothing's been finalized.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 28 Jan 2011 01:06:45 +0000 Austin Jenkins 663 at http://www.kplu.org Possible deal for soldier accused in Afghan War crimes Friday morning's headlines http://www.kplu.org/post/friday-mornings-headlines-0 <p><em>Apple Cup weekend for&nbsp;football rivals, tough travel expected for game road-trippers, &nbsp;and allegations of Army spying on an Olympia anti-war group lead today's news headlines.</em></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Apple Cup in White</strong></p><p>Snow covers the stands in Pullman today, but the field has been cleared in preparation for tomorrow's renewal of the rivalry between WSU and the UW. If the Huskies win, they'll finish the season at 6 and 6, and earn their first trip to a bowl game since 2002. &nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 03 Dec 2010 14:15:00 +0000 KPLU News Staff 277 at http://www.kplu.org Friday morning's headlines Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry http://www.kplu.org/post/army-leadership-subject-5th-stryker-brigade-inquiry <p>Was there a breakdown of leadership in the 5th Stryker Brigade from Joint Base Lewis-McChord? That question is central to a month-old Army review that’s just now coming to light. It’s the latest development in the case against a dozen soldiers recently back from Afghanistan – including five who’ve been charged with murder.</p><p> Wed, 24 Nov 2010 14:22:28 +0000 Austin Jenkins 212 at http://www.kplu.org Army leadership subject of 5th stryker brigade inquiry