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News in Brief: Feb. 9, 2018

Published: 02:05PM February 8th, 2018

An Army Ranger from JBLM dies going through exercise in Oregon

CAMP RILEA, Ore. — A U.S. Army Ranger from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Jan. 31 of wounds sustained while conducting training at Camp Rilea, Ore.

Specialist Devin James Kuhn, 24, a native of Philadelphia, sustained serious wounds during the training. He was transported to a nearby treatment facility where he died. The incident is under investigation.

Kuhn is survived by his wife and parents.

Kuhn was assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at JBLM, since December 2015. He was an automatic rifleman who deployed once in support of Operation Freedom’s Sentinel.

Kuhn was born Jan. 28, 1994, and graduated from high school in 2013. He enlisted in the Army in April 2015 and attended One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga. He later graduated from the Basic Airborne Course, the Ranger Assessment and Selection Program 1, and the U.S. Army Ranger Course, also at Fort Benning.

His awards and decorations include the National Defense Service Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, the Expert Infantryman’s Badge, the Parachutist Badge and the Ranger Tab.

For more information, call the 75th Ranger Regiment Public Affairs at 706-545-4260.

75th Ranger Regiment

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has upcoming late-night firing nights

Units on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will conduct day, evening and nighttime artillery and mortar training Tuesday and the next few weeks.

• Mortar training will take place Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

The unit will take part in 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

• Mortar training will take place from Feb. 20 at 6:30 a.m. to Feb. 23 at 9:30 p.m. Training will occur throughout daytime and nighttime hours.

60 mm, 81 mm and 120 mm mortar training on JBLM.

Increased levels of activity will be noticed.

This is required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills necessary during combat. As often as possible, JBLM conducts larger scale artillery firing and demolition training at the Yakima Training Center in an effort to minimize inconvenience for the surrounding communities. However, some training must take place on base.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs

Construction starts around the Grandstaff Library, Waller Hall

Construction is scheduled to begin Friday on the parking lot next to the Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall on Lewis Main. During this time, the Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall will be open.

Construction will be conducted in two phases. Phase one will begin in the main parking lot located in Front of Grandstaff Library and Waller Hall to include 10th Avenue which will also be closed down.

During this time, the main entrance to the library will be closed. Patrons can enter the building via the rear entrance located on the opposite side of the building near North 8th Street. The drive-up access book drop will be relocated to the pass-through located on Pendleton Avenue.

Phase two will begin in early summer.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs