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JBLM techies at work

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JBLM techies at work

Exercises such as Talisman Sabre 15 rely heavily on the ability to communicate, both internally and with units at different locations. To accomplish this, a special group of soldiers work diligently behind the scenes to ensure the phone line has a dial tone and the computer screen always boots up. For I

Third Army wants you

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Third Army wants you

Soldiers choosing to make the Army their career are eventually going to get the opportunity to pick their next location, but what are their motivators for picking their next duty station? If it's career growth, location, education or employment opportunities for family members, consider making Third Army your first choice. Third Army,

A first for the 446th

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A first for the 446th

Reserve pilots and loadmasters from the 446th Operations Group combined forces with the Royal Australian Air Force, as well as active-duty airmen, soldiers, seamen and marines, to execute Talisman Sabre 2015, a biennial military exercise that spans the Pacific Ocean, beginning July 5 through July 12. This was the first opportunity

Bi-national cooperation

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Bi-national cooperation

The Canadian Detachment from the Western Air Defense Sector shows how bi-national cooperation can work. But, as with nearly all military units, every three years, it is time for a new position - often in a different place. In a ceremony Wednesday at the WADS headquarters on McChord Field, Lt. Col.

Meeting of minds

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Meeting of minds

Twenty-seven senior noncommissioned officers from the 446th Airlift Wing and from around the Air Force Reserve Command gathered July 11-12 for the Senior NCO Leadership Development Course at McChord Field, here. The two-day, non-traditional course is designed to enhance the trust, teamwork and communication of senior NCOs to be better mentors

500 products discounted

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500 products discounted

Six months into the start of the Commissary Value Brands program, patrons now have nearly 500 products available at savings comparable to low-cost private label items in commercial stores. Since the emergence of the Value Brands' signature orange label in December, the Defense Commissary Agency has elevated the savings program from

Tacoma Musical Playhouse does West Side Story

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Tacoma Musical Playhouse does West Side Story

I fell in love with West Side Story when I first saw the movie starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn in 1961. I was a romantic and idealistic college freshman engaged to a girl named Marie (almost like Maria, the girl in the film).

Cancer, the art

Arts

Cancer, the art

Artist Shirley Klinghoffer is a cancer survivor; she has used her own and others' experience with this deadly disease to create haunting and touching works of art now on display at the Museum of Glass. Her large-scale installation pieces are inspired by hospital armatures used as support for women's bodies during

Love of coins

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Love of coins

Some coins are worth more than money. The value is measured, not in monetary worth, but with professional significance, personal sentiment and, at times, historical relevance. Lt. Cmdr. Carmelo Ayala, department head, Naval Hospital Bremerton (NHB) Internal Medicine, started his Navy career as an undesignated seaman assigned to the Cimarron-class fleet oiler

Americana incarnate

Music

Americana incarnate

Somewhere in everyone's head," wrote Miller Williams, "something points toward home." For millions of alt-country fans, the music of that poet's daughter, Lucinda Williams, is one of those things. When Mary Chapin Carpenter covered her "Passionate Kisses" in 1993, it won Ms. Williams a Grammy for Country Song of the

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Brewery in Pierce County

Bars & Clubs

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Brewery in Pierce County

Would it surprise you to learn that the history of legal American microbreweries began less than 40 years ago? In 1978, Congress and President Carter ended the federal restrictions and excise taxes on home brewing with H.R. 1337. Dozens of new breweries popped up by 1980, and now there are

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Writer

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Writer

Marketing consultant. Husband and father. Metro Parks Commissioner. Writer. Playing any partial combination of these roles would be a challenge for many, but Erik Hanberg seems to shrug off the implication that juggling these tasks might be tough.   "I've always had a side project going," he reflects, going back to

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Nonprofit Organization

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Nonprofit Organization

In 2007, employees at Ted Brown Music were faced with the strange problem of altruism. "People kept coming in with used instruments, asking ‘can I give this to a kid who can't afford one?'" Stephanie Howe remembers. "We didn't know what to tell them." The solution was the formation of Ted Brown's

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Restaurant

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Restaurant

Pacific Grill is one of Tacoma's stand-out culinary gems - a hub that combines a revamped urban space, the arts, romantic atmosphere and (most importantly) delicious food. Diners at the Pacific Grill, which is located in the historic Waddell Building, are surrounded by exposed brick and just the right amount

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Metal Band

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Metal Band

For roughly a decade, one of the most compelling live acts in Washington has been a two-piece alt-metal band called Lozen. With just drums and guitar, Hozoji Matheson-Margullis and Justine Maria Valdez composed bone-rattling, minimalist bits of stomping sound. Unimpeded by the complications of other instruments, Lozen was able to

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Celebrity

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Local Celebrity

What more is there to be said about Vicci Martinez? After years of performing here and around the world, I think it's reasonable to say that she's established herself as an iconic Tacoma figure. Starting out performing in open mics, becoming a consummate singer-songwriter, she then moved on to the

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Sandwich

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Sandwich

Don't be fooled by the exterior of the MSM Deli. Tourists and casual passersbys might mistake it for a gas station. There's little to indicate that there's a deli counter inside - and no painted windows or sandwich boards advertising daily specials. Sure, MSM Deli is a convenience store where you

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Creative Cocktails

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Creative Cocktails

Tucked away on MLK Jr. Way in Tacoma, Hilltop Kitchen is easy to miss. This is really too bad, because behind its unassuming façade, the chefs and bartenders of this neighborhood icon are producing some of the most creative concoctions this side of Seattle. Featuring unique combinations and exotic ingredients, Hilltop's

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Dessert/Best Bakery

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Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Dessert/Best Bakery

The winner of multiple awards, Corina Bakery is located right next to the iconic Grand Theater at 602 Fawcette Ave. in Tacoma. Known for its hand-crafted, baked-from-scratch cakes, pies and desserts, Corina Bakery continues to garner accolades. And why not? When your menu offers not only creative and traditional cakes, pies,

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Overall Queer Party and Best Karaoke

Bars & Clubs

Best of Tacoma 2015: Best Overall Queer Party and Best Karaoke

The Mix, Tacoma's pre-eminent gay and lesbian bar, would be a likely poll winner, so I needed a picture of its exterior for this edition. I live in Tumwater, and only get up to Tacoma every few weeks. Thus, after a Saturday afternoon appointment in Lakewood, I decided to drive

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