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February 4, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. - With suicides in the Army reaching another record in 2012, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday he is reviewing recommendations from a study of soldier behavioral health evaluations and intends to adopt mental health “resilience” training for all soldiers. McHugh said he was not ready to announce the results of the behavioral health review - launched after several troubled soldiers at the Madigan Army Medical Center here complained that their post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses were downgraded by a forensic psychiatric team.
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November 16, 2013 | By Soumya Karlamangla
A U.S. soldier has been charged with two counts of premeditated murder in the killing of two Iraqi civilians. The charges against Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Barbera, 31, stem from an alleged shooting of two civilians near the village of As Sadah in Diyala Province in March 2007. Barbera was charged Wednesday at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Alaska, U.S. Army Public Affairs Officer Major Johnpaul Arnold told the Los Angeles Times. The incident in which Barbera is accused was first made public by  an investigation by the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in Pennsylvania last December: "AS SADAH, Iraq - Shortly before noon on March 6, 2007, Small Kill Team leader Michael Barbera rose from his squad's position in high grass in a palm grove here and shot two teenage cattle herders.
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December 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- The commanders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have decided to refer the case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for a general court-martial on charges that he murdered 16 civilians in a late-night shooting rampage outside a remote Army outpost in southern Afghanistan. Army officials also announced they would seek the death penalty against Bales, a veteran of four combat deployments who is also charged with wounding six other civilians after a night of drinking on top of steroid use at what defense lawyers say was a dysfunctional special operations outpost.
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August 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A military jury Friday sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bales, 40, entered the guilty plea last June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. During his court-martial here Thursday, Bales had apologized for his actions but did not offer an explanation for the violence. He described the killings as an “act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear, bulls -- and bravado.” “I'm truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away,” the father of two said.
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June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 pleaded guilty to the massacre Wednesday. Robert Bales, 39, accepted a plea deal that would spare him from the death penalty for the overnight attacks on two villages in southern Afghanistan. As part of the deal, Bales recounted the night of the attack for the first time publicly, with some prodding from the military judge heading his tribunal at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Seattle. Bales admitted shooting the villagers and burning their bodies but said he didn't remember setting them on fire.
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August 23, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. -- A military jury Friday sentenced Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to killing 16 Afghan civilians, to life in prison without the possibility of parole. Bales, 40, entered the guilty plea last June in a deal to avoid the death penalty. During his court-martial here Thursday, Bales had apologized for his actions but did not offer an explanation for the violence. He described the killings as an “act of cowardice, behind a mask of fear, bulls -- and bravado.” “I'm truly, truly sorry to those people whose families got taken away,” the father of two said.
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March 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An Army Special Forces soldier from Northern California has died in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Sgt. 1 st -class James Grissom , 31, of Hayward, died Thursday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from injuries incurred three days earlier in Paktika province, Afghanistan. Grissom was assigned to the 4 th Battalion, 1 st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Grissom was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star.
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March 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The call would soon become agonizingly familiar: A 28-year-old Army specialist from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, recently home from Afghanistan, had walked into a parking garage in Salt Lake City with a full set of body armor, ammunition clips and his AR-15 rifle. Five weeks before the 2010 incident, Spc. Brandon Barrett had gone absent without leave after a drunk driving arrest near the sprawling military base in Washington state and had begun sending ominous messages to friends. "About to show the world they shouldn't [mess]
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March 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Christi Parsons
The staff sergeant who turned himself in after the recent shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians was based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling suburban Army facility south of Tacoma, Wash. It's the biggest military base on the West Coast - and one of the most troubled in the Army. Lewis-McChord, a major staging area for troops going to and from Iraq and Afghanistan, has been plagued over the last two years by a wave of suicides, killings and domestic violence.
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March 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lake Tapps, Wash., and Norwood, Ohio For those who grew up with him, Robert Bales seemed to have a place reserved on easy street. Captain of the football team and president of the sophomore class at his Ohio high school, Bales after just three years of college had an oceanfront condo in Florida. He was also pulling in more than $100,000 a year as a financial advisor. His investment work ran into trouble, though, and when the Sept. 11 attacks came, Bales felt what friends said was an irresistible call.
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June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan villagers in 2012 pleaded guilty to the massacre Wednesday. Robert Bales, 39, accepted a plea deal that would spare him from the death penalty for the overnight attacks on two villages in southern Afghanistan. As part of the deal, Bales recounted the night of the attack for the first time publicly, with some prodding from the military judge heading his tribunal at Joint Base Lewis-McChord outside Seattle. Bales admitted shooting the villagers and burning their bodies but said he didn't remember setting them on fire.
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June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in two villages pleaded guilty Wednesday in a move expected to spare him from the death penalty. And when a military judge asked Robert Bales, 39, why he slaughtered the men, women and children outside Camp Belambay in southern Afghanistan on March 11, 2012, Bales gave his first and only public explanation for the attack. "Sir, as far as why: I've asked that question a million times since then," said Bales, according to the Associated Press.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2013 | By Tony Perry
An Army Special Forces soldier from Northern California has died in combat in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced Sunday. Sgt. 1 st -class James Grissom , 31, of Hayward, died Thursday at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany from injuries incurred three days earlier in Paktika province, Afghanistan. Grissom was assigned to the 4 th Battalion, 1 st Special Forces Group (Airborne) from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. Grissom was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD, Wash. - With suicides in the Army reaching another record in 2012, Army Secretary John McHugh said Monday he is reviewing recommendations from a study of soldier behavioral health evaluations and intends to adopt mental health “resilience” training for all soldiers. McHugh said he was not ready to announce the results of the behavioral health review - launched after several troubled soldiers at the Madigan Army Medical Center here complained that their post-traumatic stress disorder diagnoses were downgraded by a forensic psychiatric team.
NATIONAL
December 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- The commanders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord have decided to refer the case against Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales for a general court-martial on charges that he murdered 16 civilians in a late-night shooting rampage outside a remote Army outpost in southern Afghanistan. Army officials also announced they would seek the death penalty against Bales, a veteran of four combat deployments who is also charged with wounding six other civilians after a night of drinking on top of steroid use at what defense lawyers say was a dysfunctional special operations outpost.
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March 19, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Louis Sahagun, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Lake Tapps, Wash., and Norwood, Ohio For those who grew up with him, Robert Bales seemed to have a place reserved on easy street. Captain of the football team and president of the sophomore class at his Ohio high school, Bales after just three years of college had an oceanfront condo in Florida. He was also pulling in more than $100,000 a year as a financial advisor. His investment work ran into trouble, though, and when the Sept. 11 attacks came, Bales felt what friends said was an irresistible call.
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June 5, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
The U.S. Army staff sergeant accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians in two villages pleaded guilty Wednesday in a move expected to spare him from the death penalty. And when a military judge asked Robert Bales, 39, why he slaughtered the men, women and children outside Camp Belambay in southern Afghanistan on March 11, 2012, Bales gave his first and only public explanation for the attack. "Sir, as far as why: I've asked that question a million times since then," said Bales, according to the Associated Press.
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August 5, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. A young Army gunner who had begged his father for help in stopping a renegade U.S. "kill team" targeting civilians for sport pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter, becoming the eighth member of his platoon to be convicted in the most serious war crimes case arising from the Afghanistan campaign. He was sentenced to just three years in prison after his lawyer said he was terrorized into cooperating by a squad leader who was "a monster.
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March 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
The call would soon become agonizingly familiar: A 28-year-old Army specialist from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, recently home from Afghanistan, had walked into a parking garage in Salt Lake City with a full set of body armor, ammunition clips and his AR-15 rifle. Five weeks before the 2010 incident, Spc. Brandon Barrett had gone absent without leave after a drunk driving arrest near the sprawling military base in Washington state and had begun sending ominous messages to friends. "About to show the world they shouldn't [mess]
NATIONAL
March 12, 2012 | By Kim Murphy and Christi Parsons
The staff sergeant who turned himself in after the recent shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians was based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, a sprawling suburban Army facility south of Tacoma, Wash. It's the biggest military base on the West Coast - and one of the most troubled in the Army. Lewis-McChord, a major staging area for troops going to and from Iraq and Afghanistan, has been plagued over the last two years by a wave of suicides, killings and domestic violence.
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