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News in brief: April 13, 2018

Published: 10:42AM April 13th, 2018

A 1st Bde., 2nd Inf. Div. Soldier dies in training incident at NTC

Private Julian Diaz, 19, of Tolleson, Ariz., died in a vehicle incident Tuesday at the National Training Center located at Fort Irwin, Calif.

Diaz enlisted in the Army in 2017, and served in the 1st Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, since December 2017, as an indirect fire infantryman. He was awarded the National Defense and Army Service Ribbons, respectively.

“Our deepest sympathies go out to the family and friends of Private Diaz,” said Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson III, 7th Infantry Division commanding general. “In conjunction with the Army Safety Center, we will conduct a thorough investigation into this incident. The Soldiers of (the 1st Bde., 2nd Inf. Div.) honor Private Diaz through their steadfast commitment and care for each other and their will to get better every day.”

The incident is under investigation.

7th infantry Division Public Affairs

The SSMCP Survey to help shape the on- and off-base partnership

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and South Sound community leaders want to know what you think.

Service members and Department of Defense civilians are being asked to complete South Sound Military, Communities Partnership Survey providing base and community leaders a better understanding of the ways the South Sound community supports the military.

“The Joint Base Garrison is responsible for providing many of the community services you and your families enjoy, and we are committed to improving those services for everyone in our military community, both on and off the installation,” said Col. Nicole Lucas, JBLM Garrison commander.

Lucas said the survey will be sent out Sunday. The 10-minute anonymous and confidential survey has 25 questions. It is seeking information about simple demographic data, including opinions about locally available services and programs — like preferences in housing, driving habits, shopping and recreation needs.

A few respondents could be picked at random between Sunday and May 15 to win a $500 gift card from local retailers. Officials ask that only one survey be filled out per household.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord Public Affairs Office

Gold Star families are invited for a fun day at Point Defiance Zoo

Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Survivor Outreach Services is partnering with Sarah Vargo, SOS coordinator at Camp Murray, for a Gold Star Spouses event at Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon.

The event is free for Gold Star family members. Friends and others interested in attending can do so but must pay for their own zoo admittance. Preregistration is required, at Additional information will be emailed to participants after they register, concerning where to get into the zoo and how to pick up tickets.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

Military kids who ‘Purple Up’ on JBLM can get treats at exchanges

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will celebrate Purple Up Day Wednesday, a worldwide recognition of the strength and sacrifice of military children, by offering free treats to any child who wears purple to participating Exchange restaurants.

“With frequent moves, parental deployments and an ever-changing peer group, being a military brat can be difficult,” said Michael Einer, JBLM Exchange general manager. “The resiliency of military children amid such challenges is an inspiration, and the Exchange salutes their service on Purple Up Day.”

Any child ages 18 or younger who wears purple Wednesday is eligible to receive a variety of free treats, while supplies last. Participating JBLM Exchange restaurants include: Starbucks, Manchu Wok, Charley’s Philly Steaks, Burger King, Subway, Arby’s and Popeye’s.

Army and Air Force Exchange Service

A Lunchtime History Brown Bag event starts Thursday at museum

The Lewis Army Museum on Lewis North is rolling out its new Lunchtime History Brown Bag event at the museum Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The free event will include an informal lecture on the history of Capt. Meriwether Lewis and 2nd Lt. William Clark and the Corps of Discovery, presented by retired Lt. Col. Alisha Hamel, I Corps archivist.

According to Erik Flint, director of the Lewis Army Museum, Hamel is an expert on Lewis and Clark, having studied extensively while at Portland State University and in her prior military duties managing the collections storage of the U.S. Army Museum network.

Ruth Kingsland, Northwest Guardian

Army Counterintelligence Special Agents being recruited on JBLM

From April 20 to 21, the U.S. Army’s Counterintelligence Special Agent recruiting team will be on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to conduct information briefings on reclassifying to MOS 35L.

These information briefings will be conducted at the I Corps’ Headquarters in Room 129, located at 2025 Liggett Ave. on Lewis Main.

These presentations will provide information concerning the special agent position, to include criteria for entry into the MOS and how to apply for reclassification, as well as the missions, assignments and training opportunities.

These presentations are primarily directed at grades of E4 and E5. Army Counterintelligence is made up of unique individuals who have a genuine desire to detect, identify, assess and then neutralize or exploit foreign intelligence and security service activities against U.S. Armed Forces.

Special agents work against these foreign intelligence and security services through the conduct of CI investigations and operations, surveillance, evidence processing, analysis, source operations and the use of computer systems.

For more information, call 520-538-1432 or email

I Corps Public Affairs