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A party for the 1st SBCT

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A party for the 1st SBCT

Corporal Jason Ellis, his wife, Krysta, and their son, Jasper, are new to Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Not anymore. They were heartily welcomed to their new assignment and to the local area during the 2nd Annual Field Day hosted by the Lacey sub-chapter of the Association of the United States Army (AUSA). Held at

Army vet receives medal upgrade

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Army vet receives medal upgrade

Edward Dvorak, was presented with the Silver Star Medal Wednesday at the VFW in Tacoma.  Mr. Dvorak, a Tacoma resident, was previously given a Bronze Star with a "V" (valor) Device by former members of his Heavy Team involving a firefight with a re-inforced NVA Platoon in War Zone D

The Army's new Stryker driver

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The Army's new Stryker driver

For a secretary, he did a pretty good job of driving a Stryker. "It was awesome!" an enthused Patrick Murphy, the Under Secretary of the Army, said Wednesday afternoon moments after exiting the vehicle. "This gives us an advantage in combatting our enemies." During his two-day visit to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Murphy took

Tuning up the artillery

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Tuning up the artillery

Like a symphony, the call for artillery fire initiates an agreement between maneuver, artillery and, sometimes, aviation elements to produce a harmonious outcome. "The forward observer who calls in for fire support is like a conductor," said Maj. Jason Turner, operations officer, 2nd Battalion, 17th Field Artillery Regiment. "He leads a

The Washington State Fair is back

Attractions

The Washington State Fair is back

The Washington State Fair is back, and it's bigger and better than ever with more days, more acts, more rides ... more everything. This year, opening day will be the Friday before Labor Day, Sept. 2, instead of the traditional after-Labor Day opening. The result will be more days to give

Mr. Klein's Wild Ride

Arts

Mr. Klein's Wild Ride

Weekly Volcano scribe Christian Carvajal - voted Best Writer in the Weekly Volcano's Best of Olympia poll - has published a new novel under the pseudonym Lynn Savage. It is called Mr. Klein's Wild Ride (Mud Flat Press, 2016), and it is the story of the building and cataclysmic opening

The Last Five Years at Harlequin

Stage

The Last Five Years at Harlequin

The Last Five Years is a little musical with a big heart, and actors Aaron Lamb and Katherine Strohmaier, directed by Linda Whitney, make of it a mesmerizing evening's entertainment. Composer, lyricist and playwright Jason Robert Brown has created a story told in song that is heart-wrenching and real - no

'The Bold and the Black'

Arts

'The Bold and the Black'

Viewing Selinda Sheridan's show at Matter is like walking into a group exhibition of Sumi painters. There are only six paintings in the show, and each of them is so different from all the others that they could easily be mistaken for the work of six different artists. And yet

GREENFIELD can't stop

Music

GREENFIELD can't stop

Some artists are utterly restless, not quite feeling fulfilled unless they are nearly constantly creating. For some of these artists, creating feels compulsive; their releases dressed up in fervor, monuments to an uncontrollable urge. Robert Pollard springs to mind as such a musician, littering now multiple decades with albums either

An American family

Military Life

An American family

The Bair family defines what it is to be an American family. He is an American who was raised in the Christian faith. His mother-in-law is a Muslim woman who fled Afghanistan in 1979 when the Russians invaded her country. His wife is a new mother, a Muslim and the child

Talking deployment

Jobs & Education

Talking deployment

Deployments are as varied as the families that face them. How long you've been at your current duty station, whether you've had time to find a community of support, the age of your children and how they are handling it, and how comfortable you feel at your current place of

New Hall of Famers at JBLM

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New Hall of Famers at JBLM

Three community leaders were inducted into the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Hall of Fame ceremony at the Nelson Recreation Center on Tuesday, Sept. 6. Established in 2003, induction annually recognizes one or more civilian community members who have contributed to Team JBLM for three or more years, and who through long-term support

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Washington National Guard continues educating their ranks on diversity

Understanding one another's culture and appreciating their diversity has remained a staple of the American framework, but the level of diversity becomes even more prevalent for this nation's servicemembers stationed all across the globe. "This diversity is so imperative to make us successful worldwide and helps keep us stay fresh in

81st Brigade partners with JBLM Strykers

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81st Brigade partners with JBLM Strykers

The Washington Army National Guard relishes an eight-wheeled challenge while partnering with active-duty units. "Transforming from a heavy armor brigade to a Stryker brigade is a great opportunity for us," began Col. Bryan Grenon, commander, 81st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), located at Camp Murray. "The Strykers are relevant in the

Pirates on American Lake

Outdoors

Pirates on American Lake

For a while last Monday morning and early afternoon, three pirates controlled all boating on American Lake. They had stormed Russell Landing Marina, showed their JBLM Recreation Qualification Card, filled out some easy paperwork and grabbed a few life preservers. In their little hands they held a treasure chest-sized picnic basket full

Top 10 shows not to miss

Stage

Top 10 shows not to miss

Perhaps reflecting the collegiate world in which many stage artists train, theater's "season" ignores the calendar and runs from fall into summer. Thus, companies all over the South Sound are rehearsing their season openers. We take this opportunity to look into our crystal ball and identify the 10 shows most

Top South Sound visual arts events

Arts

Top South Sound visual arts events

This critic's choice of the top visual arts events for the fall season is as follows:Artscapes installations, through Nov. 17 Five new Artscapes installations are on display in the old Woolworth storefront and on the adjacent landmark Tollbooth Gallery. Artists selected for this round include Lauren Boilini, Eva Funderburgh, Nola Avienne,

The Story of My Life

Stage

The Story of My Life

The Story of My Life by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill opens tonight at Olympia Little Theatre. This rarely produced musical follows a lifelong friendship of Alvin Kelby (Frank Kohel) and Thomas Weaver (Micheal O'Hara). It is directed by Maria Valenzuela. The two boys grow up together. One stays in their hometown

Futures past and present

Stage

Futures past and present

Science fiction can take us anywhere, from human blood vessels to the edges of the universe. In 1897, it turned menacing Martian tripods loose on the streets of Victorian London. These days, episodes of Doctor Who can be viewed on any smartphone, an improvement over Starfleet's communicators. Words, Words, Words is

The Glacier Gun Club

Bars & Clubs

The Glacier Gun Club

Behind the unassuming façade of the T-Brothers' Liquor Lodge, located at 417 Plum St. SE in Olympia, lies a secret only a select few may experience. Through the front door, past the T-Brothers' fine selection of adult beverages, way at the back of the store, one finds it: a gorgeous

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