Afghanistan Suspect's Base Had 2010 Killing Case

A soldier suspected of massacring 16 Afghan villagers Sunday comes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one of the largest military installations in the U.S. -- and one that has seen its share of controversies and violence in the past few years.

The base is about 45 miles south of Seattle and home to about 100,000 military and civilian personnel. A former soldier shot and injured a Salt Lake City police officer in 2010, and on Jan. 1, a 24-year-old Iraq War veteran shot and killed a Mount Rainier National Park ranger.

Four Lewis-McChord soldiers were convicted in the deliberate thrill killings of three Afghan civilians in 2010.

The military newspaper Stars and Stripes called it "the most troubled base in the military" that year.

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  • by The service branches on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:54 PM
    are filled with trash... Time to throw them in jail or leave them over there......
  • by ncynkee Location: enc on Mar 12, 2012 at 04:13 PM
    This is sad, NOW get out of that place..bring our troops home and let them guard our borders, quit giving all this money to countries that hate us. put that money in this economy, feed the hungry, and find homes for the homeless..this young man, probably had 2 or 3 tours over there and just lost it..he does not need a trial, he needs help..the va needs to help all veterans period. when will DC realize this..and to all vets out there, from one vet to others, thank you for your service

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