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Blue bagged and carried off site? Blogger “Wild Celtic Rose” talked about a camping trip she went on this weekend in Vantage, Wash., where their human waste (poop) had to be blue bagged and carried offsite. Say what? Apparently the porta-potties were overflowing with human waste and hadn’t been attended to

JBLM Female engagement teams: who they are and why they do it

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JBLM Female engagement teams: who they are and why they do it

FORWARD OPERATING BASE LAGMAN, Afghanistan - Throughout Afghanistan, platoons of male soldiers from the Afghan and American forces conduct daily patrols. Over the course of the patrols there always exists the possibility of encountering women, given they make up nearly half the population of Afghanistan. The

56th MMB provides command, expertise for nuclear disaster exercise

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56th MMB provides command, expertise for nuclear disaster exercise

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - An improvised 10-kiloton nuclear detonation has occurred somewhere close to Indianapolis, and the casualties are massive - at least, that's the training scenario for which elements of 56th Multifunctional Medical Battalion, 62nd Medical Brigade, will provide mission command, health service support

National Guard Engineers rebuild outdoor recreation park

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National Guard Engineers rebuild outdoor recreation park

JOINT BASE-LEWIS MCCHORD, Wash. - U.S. Army soldiers from the Washington National Guard's 176th Engineer Company (Vertical), Headquartered in Snohomish, Wash., used their construction skills during annual training to rebuild and improve recreational facilities for fellow soldiers and their family members on Joint Base Lewis-McChord,

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Hillside, Carter Lake Elementary rebuild begins

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Hillside, Carter Lake Elementary rebuild begins

  Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Clover Park School District broke ground on the future site of JBLM's Hillside Elementary School Monday, signifying the official start of a yearlong construction project to completely rebuild Hillside and Carter Lake Elementary Schools. Leadership from the installation and Department of the Army,

513th Transportation Company ‘Roadrunners’ welcomed home

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513th Transportation Company ‘Roadrunners’ welcomed home

  The Soldiers of the 513th Transportation Company, 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion, 593rd Sustainment Brigade, did something rare during their deployment. The "Roadrunners" served in three theaters, accomplishing myriad tasks, each with their own unique challenges, said Lt. Col. Douglas Henry, 13th CSSB commander. They were

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3rd Ordnance Bn. HHD prepares to employ EOD skills in Afghanistan

  When Soldiers from the Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 3rd Ordnance Battalion, cased their guidon July 27, Spc. David Langley came one step closer to a busy year in Afghanistan. "The way things are right now, I don't think it's going to be, like, too chaotic, but definitely

Pair of mobile apps help warriors cope with difficulties of military life

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Pair of mobile apps help warriors cope with difficulties of military life

  Warriors don't like to admit problems with stress, anxiety, depression or even PTSD. If they did, many don't know who to trust with their problems, or just try to bury it. Now, two new smart mobile applications can help individuals cope with those challenges of military life.

JBLM Troops continue insignia tradition in Afghanistan

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JBLM Troops continue insignia tradition in Afghanistan

  FORWARD OPERATING BASE SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan - During the American Civil War, Soldiers wore colorful corps badges on their caps and blouses to differentiate themselves in the chaos of battle. By the end of World War I, these simple insignias evolved into more intricate unit patches also

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Pair of JBLM athletes meet in championship match during recent Armed Forces volleyball tournament

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Pair of JBLM athletes meet in championship match during recent Armed Forces volleyball tournament

The timing for All-Army athletics may not always be ideal for the athlete, but the opportunity is something that is. As Eric Latson prepared to leave Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 29 for the All-Army volleyball trial camp at Fort Bragg, N.C., he knew it meant he would

JBLM youth prepare for fall sports with whole body approach

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JBLM youth prepare for fall sports with whole body approach

Though still weeks away, a group of Joint Base Lewis-McChord youths have already begun preparing themselves physically and mentally for the fall sports season. Meredith Burney, an Army spouse and a former successful multi-sport athlete, conducted a Scholar-Athlete Strength and Conditioning Camp at the Teen Zone on

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Flying high with the Thunderbirds

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Flying high with the Thunderbirds

It was an experience Nellie Veitenheimer will always remember. A Glee Project Season 2 contender, Veitenheimer gracefully soared through the air with U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Capt. Michael Fisher, performing barrel rolls and loops July 19 in a F-16 fighter jet during a rehearsal prior to the start of Joint Base

McChord, Travis Reserve medical units share strategies during visit

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McChord, Travis Reserve medical units share strategies during visit

(446th AW PA) - Not only did the Reserve staff of the 446th Aerospace Medicine Squadron complete training and maintain mission readiness during the July Reserve weekend, it also put on a "clinic" for another medical unit from Air Force Reserve Command, July 12-15 at McChord Field. Cadre from the 349th

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STARBASE program arrives at McChord

All parents are looking to give their kids an edge in the world, some sort of advantage to ensure that they succeed. Luckily for this community, many local fifth-graders will begin getting that chance. On July 20, the Washington Air National Guard officially opened a new chapter of the program, the

Airmen deliver compassion, medical care to Peruvians

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Airmen deliver compassion, medical care to Peruvians

HUANCAVELICA, Peru (AFNS) - A high school physics and chemistry teacher was struck by a second calling about nine years ago: to serve his country as a U.S. Air Force physician. Today, Capt. (Dr.) James Small wakes up in the remote, mountainous region of Huancavelica, Peru, energized to start a full

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Rituals

Rituals, the newest band on the Tacoma music circuit, features an impressively versatile trio of musicians: Matty McBride on guitar, vocals, keyboards and samples; Elliott Snyder on drums, guitar, and vocals; and Cullen Eisner-Terrill on drums, keyboards, and vocals. I really appreciate bands that can multitask the way Rituals does.

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