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Will Trump reinstate a ban on women in combat? Army secretary says he shouldn’t

As Donald Trump fills out his Cabinet, advocates for women in uniform are watching closely to see if he plans to overturn Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s December 2015 order that officially opened all military positions to female applicants. Outgoing Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning believes Trump would have trouble undoing Obama-era orders enabling women to serve in military positions that had long been barred to them.

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NEA grant to fund art therapy for JBLM’s wounded warriors

Support from the National Endowment of the Arts will help the U.S. Army expand therapeutic arts programs for soldiers at Madigan Army Medical Center. Money from the NEA would cover hiring a certified art therapist and music therapist for the Intrepid Spirit Center, where soldiers who have suffered head injuries will receive intensive outpatient therapy.

Weather

Storms mean many JBLM employees get off work early

Impending stormy weather means many soldiers, airmen and civilians at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are getting off work early Thursday and get to report late to work Friday, according to a news release. Anyone who is not “mission critical” can leave at 3 p.m. Thursday and doesn’t have to report Friday until two hours later than normal or 10 a.m., whichever is earlier, the release said.

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JBLM continues HIMARS testing

The Army continued its testing of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System on Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Four series of tests took place Wednesday, with each test seeing three rockets fired, the same as Tuesday’s tests. A single series of test firings is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday.

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JBLM to start HIMARS tests Tuesday morning

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is planning a three-day rocket test starting Tuesday (Sept. 27), and it’s sure to be a blast — or 27. Army soldiers will be firing 27 practice rockets from the High-Mobility Artillery Rocket System, or HIMARS, from Tuesday through Thursday, according to a JBLM news release.

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Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Battalion welcomed home

More than 100 members of the 1st Battalion, 94th Field Artillery Regiment returned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Tuesday after a nine-month deployment to the Middle East where they used their High Mobility Artillery Systems to battle the Islamic State in Iraq.
Dean J. Koepfler dkoepfler@thenewstribune.com
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Battalion welcomed home 1:52

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Artillery Battalion welcomed home

Rocket test rattles nerves on Nisqually Reservation 2:18

Rocket test rattles nerves on Nisqually Reservation

Women military veterans gather for the 2016 Women Veterans Summit 0:56

Women military veterans gather for the 2016 Women Veterans Summit

Undersecretary of the Army does physical training at JBLM 1:57

Undersecretary of the Army does physical training at JBLM