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A balloon flight and Fort Lewis

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A balloon flight and Fort Lewis

Several Curtiss JN-4 "Jenny" biplanes flew from what would become Sand Point Naval Air Station in Seattle to a grass airfield at Camp Lewis. Those bumpy landings in October 1921 began a race between the Army and the Navy to see which site would be the area's primary military airfield. In 1922,

Empowering military vets

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Empowering military vets

Legend has it that Mrs. O'Leary's cow kicked over a lantern in a barn that caused the Great Chicago Fire in October 1871. Following the conflagration, reconstruction began in earnest and from the ashes arose lasting economic development. That sense of perseverance in the face of adversity continues today in the presence

The Tribe of Mic-O-Say

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The Tribe of Mic-O-Say

Army Col.(R) Thomas Curry, Eagle Scout and Troop 436 volunteer, is passionate about scouting and encouraging young men to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Through his efforts the scout honor society, the Tribe of Mic-O-Say is now an integral part of Troop 436, sponsored by St. John Lutheran Church,

Linguists at the crossroads of strategic operations

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Linguists at the crossroads of strategic operations

Imagine carrying an 80-pound rucksack up the side of a mountain, only to reach the peak and realize your mission hasn't even begun. Now imagine it's raining, you haven't eaten in hours, and the lives of your fellow servicemembers depend on your ability to execute the mission despite your exhaustion.

Worthy of remembrance

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Worthy of remembrance

Three "boys in blue" were remembered last Saturday afternoon during an hour-long Union Civil War Veterans' Headstone Dedication Ceremony at the Western State Hospital Cemetery in Lakewood's Fort Steilacoom Park. "These men answered the call to serve their nation," James Dimond, a research historian with the Department of Columbia, Sons of

Dragon Fire

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Dragon Fire

Fog covered the top of the two nuclear cooling towers at the abandoned SATSOP Nuclear Power Plant outside of Elma, WA. For the past several days, the towers and the surrounding buildings had served as training sites for Operation Dragon Fire, a joint American/German hazardous response exercise. With soldiers from 2nd Battalion,

Head south for a break from the rain

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Head south for a break from the rain

I'm heading south on I-5, my destination "The Great Wolf Lodge". I am traveling with my friend and six children between us; the husband's away on a military commitment. My expectations for an enjoyable time are rather low as I am not fond of crowds.  I was to be pleasantly

Summer movie preview

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Summer movie preview

Back in ancient times (aka pre-1975), Hollywood for the most part considered summer to be one of the slower times for business. After all, who wants to go to the movies when it's nice outside and the kids are off from school and there are a million other things to

Non+Existence

Stage

Non+Existence

Theater has been present in America for centuries. Starting from using candles as stage lights in Hamlet, to having Elphaba the wicked witch of the West flying from the sky in Broadway's Wicked. It's a way for storytellers to showcase their acting skills, voices and overall talent. The beautiful thing

His and hers

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His and hers

In the summer of love, mid-July 1967, singer Judy Collins was one of the headliners of the famed Newport Folk Festival, along with Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Pete Seeger and Muddy Waters. Collins also taught a workshop for songwriters; among its attendees were Montreal poet Leonard Cohen, whose song "Suzanne"

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JBLM's color run a "blast"

Captain Travis Emery, of Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 555th Engineer Brigade, thought he could go an entire color run without getting hit with flying powder. He thought wrong as he approached the final stretch during Saturday’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord 5K Awareness Run at Family and Morale, Welfare

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Farmer's markets around the area

It’s that time again — flowers are blooming, trees starting to bud out and folks are seeing more and more of that brilliant orb in the sky. Springtime not only means more time for outdoor gardening and recreational activities in the Pacific Northwest, it’s also the time

New Muses Theatre does Peer Gynt

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New Muses Theatre does Peer Gynt

Henrik Ibsen's Peer Gynt is a monumentally ambitious play for a community theater to produce. The original was done completely in verse and was performed in five acts with more than 40 scenes in different locations and times, and it alternated between realism and fantasy. New Muses Theatre Company's version, adapted

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Eating Europe

ANNOUNCER: What was once German and Polish fare before Bruno's moved to Lakewood, is now home to Citron European Bistro, which like its predecessor, is serving up cuisine of mostly Germany and France with great attention to detail in both flavors and menu choices. JASON: I was pleasantly surprised by this

Going out in style

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Going out in style

Salon Refu ends its brief but amazing history as the only gallery in South Puget Sound to rival major galleries in major cities with a two-person show of works by Jean Nagai and Peter Scherrer. The gallery will close its doors at the end of this month, but not necessarily

Underdog rock

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Underdog rock

In the flourishing, vital times of my early teens, I became obsessed with professional wrestling. Like other kids getting into the performance art-leaning sport, I initially took it as face value. It didn't take long, though, for me to become engaged with it in a different way, judging it more

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Lanza’s cedar planted on JBLM

The classic poem, “Trees,” by Joyce Kilmer honors the beauty, endurance and life of a tree. Here at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, trees have for more than half a century been a way to honor and preserve the dignity and memory of the installation’s highest military leaders as they

Military Life

New AAU team aims for Vegas Showcase

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has a new Amateur Athletic Union boys’ basketball team on base, the JBLM Sonics. So far, the JBLM Sonics have competed in two AAU boys’ basketball tournaments, including last weekend’s Oregon Open Run Spring Showcase in Beaverton, Ore. It took a lot of effort

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Old Fort Lewis Warriors team battled Harlem Globetrotters

Former Major League Baseball pitcher Danny Litwhiler’s time on Fort Lewis in the mid-1940s included being part of the undefeated Fort Lewis Warriors baseball team that went 45-0 that year. Litwhiler was also part of a championship basketball team on the installation. In his autobiography “Danny

2017 Young Heroes Awards

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2017 Young Heroes Awards

Being a military newspaper, the staff at The Ranger meets a lot of heroes, and we have more opportunities than most to ponder what the word "hero" really means. Our military servicemembers are heroes, of course. Anyone who willingly forfeits the relative comfort of being a civilian in order to

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