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62nd's first female commander

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62nd's first female commander

In U.S. military history, some milestones are achieved quietly and with little fanfare, especially when it comes to gender equality. Some military units even consider it a true sign of social progress when notable achievements in gender equality, such as women being appointed to high-ranking positions or stepping into duty

McChord Rocks

Military Life

McChord Rocks

A painted-rock movement is sweeping the country. There is Boston Rocks, Northeast Ohio Rocks and Kindness Rocks. Locally, there is Puyallup Rocks, Tacoma Rocks and now thanks to McChord's Kelly Wivell, there is McChord Rocks.   "Painting rocks is nothing new, really," Wivell said.  "It is a popular pastime all over

A Day of Champions

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A Day of Champions

Steilacoom High School student Dnydra Scott could not stop smiling. After reaching down and picking up a small, yellow, rubber football from a plastic bucket, she paused for a moment and then rifled a spiraled pass through a small hole. Tom Brady could not have done it better. "This is fun," Scott, a

The freewheelin' Joan Osborne

Music

The freewheelin' Joan Osborne

For most people, the name "Joan Osborne" immediately brings to mind the smash hit "One of Us," which reached the Billboard top five in February 1996. If that's all you know about Joan Osborne, though, you're missing a voice that shifts from blues to folk to pop without missing a

The sounds of Oly

Music

The sounds of Oly

Why did you move to Olympia? If you ask the Olympian natives this question, you will get a variety of answers. Some people would tell you that they wanted to be closer to the art community. Others will say it's the only place in Washington where you can look at

Three easy pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three easy pieces

Welcome to the inaugural edition of Three Easy Pieces, a column in which I guide you through the evolution of a particular genre of pop culture: its birth, its development, and how the form is represented today. This is a Cliff Notes-esque examination of these topics, so if brevity is

The Pirates of Penzance

Stage

The Pirates of Penzance

Sometimes the fates work against you. As I made my way to Lakewood Playhouse this past Sunday to see their new production of Gilbert and Sullivan's classic musical farce, The Pirates of Penzance, I was excited to get a jolt of color and timeless humor. Unfortunately, a power outage had hit

Student standouts

Arts

Student standouts

As a former college art teacher, meaning as someone who has at least a little knowledge of what might reasonably be expected of college art students, I think the overall quality of the "12th Annual Student Art Exhibition at South Puget Sound Community College" should be better than it is.

Mixed bag

Music

Mixed bag

I've long subscribed to the belief that any given show need not have a complete unity in style or genre. Having booked a number of shows, in my time, I do know that there are some rules that you need to adhere to - at least one local act, to

10 household items you didn’t know you could get with a military discount

Military Life

10 household items you didn’t know you could get with a military discount

Shopping with a military discount can bring on plenty of savings. From big purchases like vehicles and furniture, to even the smallest ones, like snacks or breath mints - utilizing your military discount can add up to serious savings. Especially when used for services, too, for instance, vehicle maintenance, home

Program offers free transitional help for veterans

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Program offers free transitional help for veterans

The military life is one of routine and structure, instilling practices and values into the hearts of servicemen and women in order to represent the United States military at the highest caliber. However, the transition from military life to one of a civilian nature can sometimes prove difficult and overwhelming

A life well lived

Military Life

A life well lived

Like many young men of his generation, Victor Lattin was drafted into the United States Army during World War II. On Aug. 26, 1942, at the age of 21, he entered the Army from Tacoma and trained as a radio operator at Camp Crowder, Missouri. According to his wife, Carolyn Lattin,

Military Life

Mental Matters, Part 1

The mind is a complex and cavernous place, and its health fuels emotional stability and clarity. Unfortunately, mental health is sometimes overlooked, pushed into the shadows by its physical counterpart. Often, mental health issues and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are stigmatized within the military, much to the detriment of soldiers

Save in Seattle

Travel

Save in Seattle

Seattle traffic is challenging, so when you commit to spend the day, you want to see as much as you can. The Seattle CityPASS gives you the most bang for your buck. For $79 for adults and $59 for children, choose five Seattle attractions from a list of seven and

VOTE NOW: Best of Tacoma 2017 (in 3-D)

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VOTE NOW: Best of Tacoma 2017 (in 3-D)

Once again, the Volcano's readers' poll will be the engine that drives Best of Tacoma 2017.  And this year, the results will be in 3-D. Think you know the best band, restaurant, politician, dentist or thrift store? Want to help spread the word about the best museum, micro brewery or

Neighborhoods

Bears on JBLM - how to be safe

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is home to many native, wild animals including black bears. In spring, they are looking for food and that can bring them into contact with humans. The latest bear encounter was an adolescent bear that was found near the McChord Field Shoppette May 16. It was relocated

Christopher Titus

Stage

Christopher Titus

Here's an unsolicited testimonial from someone who knows: "Tacoma (Comedy) Club is so cool," Christopher Titus declared. "(It's like) what I imagine the '60s vibe was, when comedy was this perfect, precious thing ... when Carlin was coming up ... Tacoma's got this smart vibe to it that I really

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Stage

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Longtime and much celebrated Tacoma theatrical director David Domkoski directs his last show in Tacoma before moving to the East Coast. The play is The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance. This modern classic set in the Wild West in 1890 is based on a short story by Dorothy M. Johnson.

Legendary sculptor at Spaceworks Gallery

Arts

Legendary sculptor at Spaceworks Gallery

Tacoma's own Bruce Bickford, the legendary animator famous for his work on the Frank Zappa movie Baby Snakes, has his first Tacoma art exhibit at Spaceworks Gallery, and it's a doozie. The show includes two animated videos, still frames from many of his animated films, sculptures of clay and of

Banking on box sales

Military Life

Banking on box sales

You've heard of them, you might have even seen signs and dates, but do you really know what all there is to a commissary box sale? Before the next one is held on your post, take a quick refresher to learn what they have to offer, and just how much

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