The Air Force Thunderbirds flight team and the Army Golden Knights parachutists are headlining the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Airshow and Warrior Expo this weekend. This year’s airshow, the first in four years, is to feature an entirely military aerial display, unlike years past. Performances will also include the FA-18 fighter jet, the C-17 Globemaster cargo plane, a Coast Guard helicopter, and World War II-era planes including the B-17 and B-25 bombers.
A 28-year-old soldier assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord was killed Tuesday in a roadside bomb attack in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province, the Department of Defense reported. Matthew V. Thompson was a native of Irvine, California.
Infantry, artillery and special operations units will be conducting three weeks’ worth of mortar and howitzer training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Day and night trainings are scheduled weekdays through Aug. 31, though some drills could also take place Saturday or Aug. 27, according to a news release. The mandatory readiness training is designed to evaluate and certify the participating infantry, artillery and special operations units, the release states.
An Army report says a manufacturing defect caused the death of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, Capt. James Ahn, who was killed in a parachuting accident in Shelter during a training exercise Sept. 11, 2015.
Lt. Col. Flando E. Jackson died last week while on a voluntary seven-month deployment with the Washington National Guard. The Department of Defense is investigating the death that it said was not combat related. Jackson was in Southwest Asia with Operation Inherent Resolve.
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier riding in the passenger seat of a fellow soldier’s car was firing his handgun into the air repeatedly Sunday night as they were driving north on Interstate 5 through Tacoma, according to court documents.
Nearly five years after Army Staff Sgt. Calvin Gibbs was found guilty of murdering three Afghan civilians, the Army Court of Criminal Appeals says it wants to know why some witnesses were granted immunity and others were not.
Fifteen long-term residents at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Holiday Park campground had a handshake agreement to stay there as long as they wanted. But the campground manager wasn’t following Army rules. The manager was let go and the residents lost the spots they called home.
A year after a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Special Forces soldier was denied the Medal of Honor, the nation’s top award for valor in combat, a congressman has appealed to the new Army secretary to review the case.