JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) – 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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