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Search for crashed fighter jet ends

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Search for crashed fighter jet ends

A four-day hike into the Olympic wilderness to search for a missing fighter jet that crashed nearly 54 years ago ended with disappointment. Last summer, Tomasz Biernacki's search party hiked about 20 miles into the Olympics near Mount Lawson to search for the wreckage of an F-102 Delta Dagger. On Nov. 10,

Military retirement plans: questions and answers

Military Life

Military retirement plans: questions and answers

For decades the military retirement pension plan has been carved in stone. "Put in twenty years; get your pension. Put in a penny less; get nothing," but all of that is set to change as a landmark overhaul to the entire retirement benefits program hits troops in 2018. For any

Top 10 sandwiches

Features

Top 10 sandwiches

Of all the available foods across the South Sound, my favorite has to be the sandwich.  It's the simplicity of it all - bread, meat, and cheese - the formula for success.  However, there are a handful of places nearby that have elevated this to a new standard.  Magical Sandwich

O Fortune!

Stage

O Fortune!

"O Fortuna," the opening chorus of Carl Orff's 1935 classic Carmina Burana, is as famous and ubiquitous a melody as any in 20th-century music. Its staccato chant added drama and majesty to the soundtracks of Excalibur, Speed, and Jackass: The Movie. It powered trailers for Glory and South Park: Bigger,

Sleeping Lady Resort welcomes you

Travel

Sleeping Lady Resort welcomes you

Leavenworth is a popular local getaway, a Bavarian town tucked into the Cascades that's known for its Oktoberfest each autumn. There are a number of hotels in town, but the real jewel of the area is just a few minutes away from the quaint downtown - Sleeping Lady Resort is

Ensemble acting 101

Stage

Ensemble acting 101

Playwright Bryan Willis' riveting play Seven Ways to Get There premiered a year ago this month at ACT Theatre in Seattle and is now being performed by Theater Artists Olympia. It was good in Seattle, and it's even better, perhaps - more intense and more engaging in the intimate performance

A poet and a mother

Arts

A poet and a mother

Salon Refu owner Susan Christian describes the gallery's current show, "Hatch", as an experiment in literary installation. "It began as a chapbook of poems exploring a devastating birth experience and the eventual joys of parenting an uncommonly determined (and exceptionally funny) child. Images from the poems are ‘built out' into

Noise-rock juggernauts

Music

Noise-rock juggernauts

I'm not going to pretend that I know every little in and out of the multitudes of metal's subgenres. Much like when I was read the riot act about subgenres by a commenter after writing an article about techno several years ago, my brother has also impatiently explained the subtle

SPOUSE magazine: May 2016

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine: May 2016

SPOUSE magazine is a free, online magazine that addresses the unique needs and interests of military spouses at Joint Base

Steilacoom man doesn't let paralysis stop him

Military Life

Steilacoom man doesn't let paralysis stop him

Twenty-four-year-old Jordan Griffin is an unabashed adrenaline junkie who takes life by the horns every waking minute he gets. "I love doing any kind of action sport - anything that gets my adrenaline going," the Steilacoom resident said. For the past eight years, Griffin has endured 50 to 60 surgeries, mostly related

Around the Sound

Military Life

Around the Sound

Last Sunday morning, I took a seat on a Sound Transit Express bus. The driver was courteous; the vehicle clean. A few minutes later, the bus departed Lakewood Station at exactly 7 a.m. Seventy minutes later, the bus stopped in front of Century Link Field in Seattle. I got off and hiked

Military Life

Why travel insurance is a good idea for military families

You and your family have been planning a dream vacation for months. The kids count down the days on the calendar. The vacation is so close, you can almost taste the freedom from care and worries. But suddenly, your daydream is interrupted by the reality that many military families face:

Day packed with festival fun

Military Life

Day packed with festival fun

May 21st is a special day for those in the military and their families. It's a chance to take a break from the hard work of defending our country, and spend time relaxing and enjoying the festivities of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Armed Forces Day. When it comes to great activities for

Military Life

Oldest AFD celebration right here

Armed Forces Day is a proud tradition across the country on the third Saturday in May, but no town or base has celebrated it longer than Bremerton. This May 21 marks the 68th annual year that the city of Bremerton has hosted an Armed Forces Day parade. Unlike JBLM's Armed Forces

Special days for each branch

Military Life

Special days for each branch

History of Army Day Army Day can be traced back to a little-known Defense Test Day, which was observed only twice: once in 1924 and once in 1925. Congress then disallowed any further observances of this day. In response, the Military Order of the World War under Col. Thatcher Luquer

A black-tie affair

Military Life

A black-tie affair

In 1949, under President Harry S. Truman, Armed Forces Day was created to signal the unification of all armed services under the Department of Defense. Celebrated the third Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day is a day for all citizens of the United States to come together and thank military

Reality centered

News

Reality centered

Reality is self-created. Feeling it was wrong to attend college while other young men were fighting in Vietnam, James Meade voluntarily joined the Army. After completing helicopter flight school, then Warrant Officer 1 shipped to Vietnam.  He was 19 years old. He soon faced a baptism of fire and was shot down three

Activities for kids on Armed Forces Day

Military Life

Activities for kids on Armed Forces Day

Saturday, May 17, Armed Forces Day is coming to a neighborhood near you. Granted, you haven’t done six weeks of shopping to prepare for the Big Day, but are your children jazzed for the Big Day?   If you check the polls, the same U.S. holidays turn up as the most

News

Bill aims to reduce veteran unemployment

Veteran unemployment is an issue for some in the state of Washington. Some servicemembers, upon ending their enlistment or retiring from active-duty, are finding it difficult to land full-time, living-wage jobs. Not only is this unfair to those who have sacrificed for our country, but it's a waste of valuable

SFC muscles

Military Life

SFC muscles

At 4-foot-11 and 114 pounds, Daisymay Reyes isn't the biggest soldier in the Army, but she just might have one of the biggest hearts. Earlier this month, Reyes, a recruiter and sergeant first class stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, placed second in her weight class at the Empire Powerlifting competition. For

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