NEWS: Lawyer says Bales has no memory of massacre; wife says situation 'makes no sense at all'
- Written by Madeleine Lee
ANALYSIS: TNT asks if something is wrong with Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but declines to answer
- Written by Donna Quexada
On Friday Gen. David Rodriguez, head of U.S. Forces Command at Fort Bragg, called a press conference at Lewis-McChord to refute reports that JBLM, the largest military base on the West Coast, is "the most troubled base in the military," a title accorded to it by Stars and Stripes in 2010. -- "Rodriguez called the headlines 'unfortunate' and said there’s nothing that sets Lewis-McChord apart from other major bases as the entire Army faces challenges sending soldiers on multiple combat deployments," the News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) reported. -- Nevertheless, Gen. Rodriguez announced that "the Army is conducting a routine assessment of whether changes in Lewis-McChord’s command structure are warranted due to its significant growth. He said a decision is expected in the 'near future,'" according to Christian Hill and Adam Ashton. -- But the two reporters shied away from answering the question they posed: Is there something wrong with Joint Base Lewis-McChord? ...
LOCAL NEWS: Local man identified as suspect in Afghanistan massacre
- Written by Hank Berger
The man who says he killed sixteen Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, has been identified by a "senior U.S. official" as Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the News Tribune (Tacoma, WA) reported Friday. -- He and his wife (they have two children, ages 2 and 5) has been living in Lake Tapps, WA, where "in November 2005, county records show [t]hey paid $280,000 for a 4-bedroom 2-story home built in 1990. The house was listed for sale on March 12." -- "The soldier was being flown Friday to the U.S. military's only maximum-security prison, at Fort Leavenworth." ....