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Free museum visits to military families

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Free museum visits to military families

Servicemembers and their families can visit more than 2,000 museums across 50 states, Puerto Rico and American Samoa - at no charge - through Labor Day, as part of the Blue Star Museums program. The program, in its sixth year, is the result of collaboration between the National Endowment for the

Fewer cuts for JBLM

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Fewer cuts for JBLM

There was a collective sign of relief likely felt last week across the South Sound after the Army announced the cuts at Joint Base Lewis-McChord would be nothing as the forecasters warned.  In fact, as the dust settled, it's possible the 1,251 drawdown announced for here will be partially offset

Get your head in the game

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Get your head in the game

Mindfulness-based meditation and the military are generally two things that one would not associate with one another. But on Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Dr. Valerie Rice, chief of the U.S. Army Research Laboratory's Human Research and Engineering Directorate Army Medical Department Field Element in San Antonio, has participated in the Army

Nurse saves life

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Nurse saves life

Less than two weeks after completing an eight-hour basic lifesaving course, third-year nursing student Abbie Hinneifa used cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to save the life of a young boy. Hinneifa attended the course, taught by Army nurses from Joint Base Lewis-McChord 62nd Medical Task Force, and received refresher training in CPR. With

Defense budget uncertain

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Defense budget uncertain

Congress could wrap up a 2016 defense policy bill this week that authorizes pay and benefits for troops, but the Obama administration warned again Wednesday of a veto, according to Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. McCain, who is heading up negotiations on the National Defense Authorization Act, said he received the most

Base band gets down under

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Base band gets down under

The U.S. Army has many traditions; some even date back to before the Revolutionary War. One tradition many still remember is the drummer leading soldiers into battle. Today, the I Corps Army Band does not lead soldiers into battle. Instead, they travel with soldiers to provide musical support and build morale. Recently,

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

Summer is in session

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Summer is in session

Remember going to summer camp? Back in the day, it meant grabbing a sleeping bag, throwing some clothes and a towel into a backpack, and climbing onto a bus for a week of fun things to do at the lake. Life has changed since those halcyon days of my youth, but the

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).

Cooking classes for the single sailor

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Cooking classes for the single sailor

Sometimes single servicemembers may find themselves away from home for the first time and alone in their barracks. In between rigorous training and classes, there is downtime where sailors and marines can find themselves feeling awfully hungry.  For over a year, LIBERTY (Life Is Better Everywhere Recreation Takes You) has

The science of the sea

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The science of the sea

Summer camps can be a rite of passage for a lot of kids coming of age. Communing with nature, bonding with fellow campers, enjoying a break from your parents during the dog days of summer, and other activities that nudge you ever closer to adulthood. While some camps try and

Cancer, the art

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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

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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

Mud runners make big splash

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Mud runners make big splash

They came for the mud, the sweat and the cheers. Over 600 people signed up for the 10th annual Down & Dirty Mud Run, running along dirt trails through the woods and crawling through mud pits last weekend on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.     "I loved it," said a muddy Matthew Hanson, who

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