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Stephen Bridges wanted to be a history teacher; he last saw his 5-year-old daughter at Halloween at Fort Lewis on Halloween. Joseph Blickenstaff loved music and had a big heart but joined the army to try bring greater discipline into his life. Both were among those who died in Iraq on Dec. 8 in a Stryker accident that is still under investigation. These deaths bring to eleven the number of US military personnel with ties to the Tacoma area who have died overseas in the past two years. Two died in the Philippines, two lost their lives in Afghanistan, and seven perished in Iraq.

TACOMA (Dec. 12) -- Tacoma News Tribune reporter Mike Gilbert is an embedded reporter with the Fort Lewis Stryker brigade in Iraq. The News Tribune is featuring his reports on a page that includes the ground rules that govern his activity: