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Decades later, vets recognized

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Decades later, vets recognized

On Aug. 29, 1969, things weren't looking good for Gary Birka and Rick Adler. The two men were fighting for their lives in Vietnam, surrounded by North Vietnamese Army troops. Mortars and small arms fire tore into their platoon's position as they fought for survival. Of their 25-man element, all

Update from the boss

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Update from the boss

Team. That's the one word Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza used when asked to describe the just ended Association of the United States Army's annual meeting. "Team," said the commander of I Corps, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The AUSA 2006 Annual Meeting and Exposition took place from the 3rd through the 5th this week at

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El Gaucho to support Camp Lewis

Chad Mackay has always had a profound admiration for serving those who serve us. So much so, that even with the 20th anniversary of his family's famed Seattle restaurant, El Gaucho, on the horizon, Mackay wanted to somehow give back to the community. El Gaucho has partnered once again with

Tactical Tailor moves to new location

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Tactical Tailor moves to new location

Tactical Tailor was the brainchild of Army veteran Logan Coffey. After his first week of training while stationed in Hawaii, Coffey realized that his Army-issued gear needed a lot of modifications and changes. He made it his personal mission to update and modify his issued gear so it would be

Tacoma Film Festival

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Tacoma Film Festival

At the best of times, being a lover of film provides an unending journey of discovery, sifting through the hundreds of films released each year in search of gems. This feedback loop of sorting and viewing and discarding and embracing new sights and voices has been reinforced in recent years

A life in character

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A life in character

Visitors to legendary comic Emo Philips' Wikipedia page learn in its first sentence that Philips is a master of the paraprosdokian. That was a new one on us, too. A paraprosdokian, from the Greek for "counter to expectations," is a witty remark in which the last phrase is a surprise

Not spooky but plenty ooky

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Not spooky but plenty ooky

I'm absolutely certain that there's a way to make a musical version of The Addams Family that lives up to the source material's macabre inscrutability and iconic style, but I've unfortunately yet to see one. The Addams Family musical - with a book by Marshall Brickman and Rick Elise, and

Raise a glass!

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Raise a glass!

It goes by the Latin name Homarus americanus. It can stretch to over two feet long and weigh 40 pounds. An Atlantic-dwelling, herring-munching monster, it's the heaviest arthropod on the planet. Forget Jurassic Park, this spiny devil originated during the Cambrian explosion a half-billion years ago. Pretty intimidating, right? Now

Better than bein' nobody

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Better than bein' nobody

Some artists are so inextricably associated with where they come from that it's nearly impossible to not mention them and their hometown in the same sentence. Once this connection gets formed in your mind, there's no getting rid of it. I could ask 100 random people the first thing they

Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

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Traveling exhibition at Tacoma Art Museum

The traveling exhibition "30 Americans," from the famed Rubell Family Collection in Miami, makes its first West Coast stop at Tacoma Art Museum. With 45 works from 30 of the best African American artists since the 1970s, this is one of the more important shows to ever grace the galleries

Call it a day

Music

Call it a day

In a place like Tacoma, it can be easy to get a little cozy and start taking things for granted. There are certain businesses, people, bits of natural beauty, artists and bands that we all collectively assume will just be around forever. When it comes to bands, it's easy to

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7th ID commander chats adding Guard to division

We continue to be amazed by the character, competence and commitment of our Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Task Force Bayonet continues to build combat ready brigades that are globally responsive and regionally engaged. This week, we would like to highlight an addition to our team. We

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A goodbye to JBLM executive assistant

Joy and laughter filled The Bistro’s backroom Sept. 30, as generations of 7th Infantry Division officials and lifetime friends of Alice G. Kline’s celebrated the end of her nearly 46-year career as an executive assistant at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Kline, affectionately referred to by her coworkers

Military jobs act

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Military jobs act

The Collaborating for Economic Reintegration of Troops (CERT) Act is designed to equalize military training and civilian licenses or certifications for skilled careers as one in the same. "The act would establish a commission to develop new, uniform licensing and certification standards for high-demand occupations," read a Sept. 29 press release

Airman volunteers to make outdoor recreation more available

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Airman volunteers to make outdoor recreation more available

Airman Marc Tiemeyer has led an active life. Born and raised in Forks, Washington, Tiemeyer came from a logging family. "When I was growing up, I was surrounded by the outdoors, and the forest was my playground and my refuge," said Tiemeyer.  "I spent my youth hiking ... hunting, camping

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Fall fun continues in the South Sound

You don’t have to go scary to enjoy the Halloween and harvest-time options available around the South Sound and beyond this month, and many won’t give a fright to your pocketbook. Whether you want to dress up your children, yourself or your fur kids, take a romp

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Twins reflect on lifetime of military service

Lieutenant Colonel Evelyn Lundstrom-Weiss and Lt. Col. Eleanor Baker have spent nearly a lifetime with the Washington Wing of the Civil Air Patrol at McChord Field. The only thing they might have committed more time to than their service is each other. The two sisters, often referred

Military surveyed - results

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Military surveyed - results

The South Sound Military & Communities Partnership has completed its survey of area residents associated with the military for 2016. Formed in 2011, the SSMCP tracks how the military and local communities interact with one another socially and economically. Patterns over the last five years have shown a strong co-dependency -Joint

Survey highlights concerns of military voters

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Survey highlights concerns of military voters

A recent survey by the First Command Financial Behaviors Index revealed a significant difference between civilian and military voters when it comes to the most critical issues for the upcoming 2016 Presidential election. Of highest importance to voting members of the military were: 1) future defense spending, 2) the threat

Cookie Drop for airmen at McChord

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Cookie Drop for airmen at McChord

It is never too early to start planning for the holidays or to think about ways to help others. For the second consecutive year, Team McChord's Operation Cookie Drop will continue to spread holiday cheer for airmen living at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  Operation Cookie Drop is a program that collects

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