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Increase in housing allowance and basic pay in 2020

WASHINGTON— Service members will see an increase to their basic housing allowance and basic pay rates starting Jan. 1, the Pentagon announced Thursday. AD: Couple counseling on JBLM pays you $300 and it is confidential. Info here CLICK The basic housing allowance rate will increase by an average of 2.8%

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Meet AAFES' kid experts

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has enlisted a team of young experts to share the joy of toys this holiday season and beyond. AD: VA home loan class with free dinner - January 14 in Lacey.  Don't miss the top things to know before you

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Military kids can get $5 Exchange gift card

DALLAS – Military students who study and succeed can pick up extra spending money from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.   AD: Depressed?  Stop using drugs.  All natural, Tricare supported program in Olympia.  Start here - CLICK Through the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program, first- through 12th-graders, including

Basilico Ristorante Italiano

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Basilico Ristorante Italiano

ANNOUNCER: Basilico in Olympia is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine. The menu often offers seasonal Northwest ingredients with an Italian flair. With rumors of the husband and wife owners Giampaolo Falchetti and Kathryn Philbrook opening a similar place in Tacoma's Proctor district, Dutch and Jackie head south for

Midsummer in December

Stage

Midsummer in December

By far one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream -- as its name might suggest -- carries with it a loopy, humid feel, befitting its summer solstice setting. It's a bit of a treat, then, to see the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest stage this show as

The South Sound greets the new year

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The South Sound greets the new year

It might be startling to realize this, but there's no particular reason to begin a new year on the first day of January. It's a week and a half past winter solstice, the shifting date on which the ancient Greeks rebooted their communal calendar, and nowhere near ancient Mesopotamians' preferred

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I've never been much of a holiday person. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Grinch, but you better not ask me where my Christmas tree is on Thanksgiving, and sure as heck don't ask me to go shopping right after dinner! But that aside, I am a lover of twinkling

Tracking your retirement application online

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Tracking your retirement application online

Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center recently introduced a virtual tracking status bar for Guard and Reserve members to monitor the status of their submitted retirement application. The status bar provides the applicant a real-time snapshot of the status of their application. The status begins with "Coordination" following a successfully submitted application,

AETC activates wireless Internet across command

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AETC activates wireless Internet across command

(Photo: Airmen 1st Class Christine Smith and Kaylie Cunningham, 364th Training Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice course students, remove and install an oxygen regulator on an F-15 Eagle at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, June 14, 2019. In an effort to expand learning opportunities for airmen and enable training and

Why I am getting out of the Air Force

Military Life

Why I am getting out of the Air Force

When I first signed my name on the dotted line to serve my country, I had all these crazy, outlandish ideas of what I thought my Air Force experience was going to be. Well, spoiler alert, they didn't come to fruition, but what I got was a million times better

DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Jobs & Education

DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Last week at Graham-Kapowsin High School, leadership from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Bethel School District announced a new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The initiative is an evidence-based, rigorous national STEM program which was made possible by a $727,500 grant from the U.S. Department

Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

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Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

To ensure that deployed service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Pierce County could vote in the recent 2019 elections, the county's auditor's office piloted the first mobile elections platform in Washington state. "We opted to try a mobile voting solution when we were confronted by the imminent withdrawal from

Soldier honored at Rogers High School

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Soldier honored at Rogers High School

Rogers High School in Puyallup unveiled a monument last Friday afternoon honoring Medal of Honor recipient SSgt. Ronald Shurer. Escorted by the school's Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cmdr. Duane O'Brien and Command Sgt. Maj. Erica Gonzales, the 1997 graduate of the school and his family spent the day

Yama Sakura 77

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Yama Sakura 77

Hundreds of fists punched the sky, mingling with the warm wisps of breath in the cold morning air, as a resounding cry of "Together to the future!" roared across the band square in both English and Japanese. With that, U.S. Army I Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members

Preparing for the big one

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Preparing for the big one

(Photo: Washington National Guard members and personnel from the National Guard Bureau take part in a training exercise planning session at the Herbert R. Temple Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station in Arlington, Va. The planning session was primarily focused on preparations for the Washington Cascadia Subduction Zone training exercise, which

REBOOT Recovery

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REBOOT Recovery

One of the biggest battles that many of our military service members and veterans face when returning home is combat trauma. Recovering from trauma is extremely difficult to recover from on your own. Attempting to self-medicate to fix these issues can affect their quality of life, relationships, abuse of medications,

JBLM soldiers recognized

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JBLM soldiers recognized

(Photo: Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, recognized 25 captains and 10 warrant officers from throughout the command Dec. 6 as part of FORSCOM’s annual Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Assessment at Fort Bragg, N.C.) The U.S. Army Forces Command recognized 25 captains and 10 warrant officers from throughout

SPOUSE magazine - December 2019

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SPOUSE magazine - December 2019

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the December 2019 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Fantasy Lights are back <<< Shopping Puyallup's Main Street District <<< Holiday shopping in Portland <<< Getting into the holiday spirit <<< Creature comforts <<< Sapporo Steakhouse

2019 Holiday Guide #3

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2019 Holiday Guide #3

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2019 Holiday Guide #3.

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What’s Josh Carter wearing?

Sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel as Wintergrass swirled around him, Josh Carter looked conspicuously non-banjoesque and took some time to describe elements of his look for the Weekly Volcano. The fabulously zebra Guess? pants were found at urbanXchange, several sizes too large.  Carter’s girlfriend (coincidentally last week’s

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