Technically, it’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but screw that, it will always be Ft. Lewis to me.
This is hardly the first combat dune buggy to visit Ft. Lewis. Back in the early 1980s, the then resident division on post, the 9th ID, was used to experiment with several concepts, a prototype motorized division and high technology test bed. As part of their experiments, one brigade of the 9th ID was mounted on Fast Attack Vehicles, essentially dune buggies mounting .50cal machine guns, Mk19 40mm grenade launchers, or TOW missile systems. We (and a few other readers of the blog) toured Ft. Lewis and saw all this cool stuff. It looked cool, but wasn’t really much more mobile than a regular HUMVEE, and quite a bit more vulnerable.