Army bringing more management to troubled JBLM

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JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. (AP) — The U.S. Army is adding a layer of management to Joint Base Lewis-McChord as the installation recovers from a string of troubles.

Army Secretary John McHugh said Thursday that the base will get a new division headquarters that will provide more oversight on the base. He said it was largely in response to the massive growth Lewis-McChord has seen over the past decade.

Soldiers at the base have been linked to a series of violent incidents, such as four soldiers convicted in the deliberate thrill killings of three Afghan civilians in 2010. Another Lewis-McChord soldier has been accused of massacring 17 Afghan civilians earlier this year.

McHugh says the new oversight will help the base maintain good order and discipline.

The new structure will be activated in October.