WASHINGTON — A bipartisan group of lawmakers asked the Veterans Affairs Department on Friday to offer credit monitoring to veterans and dependents whose personal information, including birth dates and Social Security numbers, might have been disclosed when its computer systems were hacked.
Sen. Patty Murray’s proposal requiring the Armed Forces to train advocates to help sex assault victims moved forward this week as an amendment to Congress’ primary defense bill, setting it up for adoption later this year.
Thousands of civilian employees at Joint Base Lewis-McChord will take unpaid days off on 11 straight Fridays in July, August and September – part of a plan intended to concentrate the impacts of Pentagon-mandated furloughs to a single day of the week.
Sgt. Luke Cifka left for Afghanistan this past spring determined to return home to his wife and infant son. He's back in the states with family, but not in the way he wanted.
Army Staff Sgt. Michael Simpson, a Green Beret who died from injuries sustained in Afghanistan, was remembered affectionately Wednesday as the unquiet professional.
One by one, Staff Sgt. Robert Bales named each of the 16 Afghan civilians he slaughtered last year. But the Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier could not explain why he turned his weapon on sleeping women and children.
The Defense Department is sending almost $91 million to Lakewood’s Clover Park School District to demolish and rebuild three elementary schools that serve students at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.
Stryker brigade Commander Col. Barry Huggins jokes that the soldiers just coming into his charge aren’t getting the “full Huggins” now that he’s at the tail end of a three-year assignment leading troops and deploying with them to Afghanistan.
Afghanistan’s next 10 months could well determine the strength of the country’s government after U.S. forces complete their expected drawdown in 2014, said U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, who just returned from his first visit to the war zone as a U.S. congressman.
The militarys summer shuffle of command assignments is shaking up a few of the top posts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.