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JBLM gamers prepare for competition

Remember when your parents would walk in on a round or seven on the Nintendo to send you out into the “real world?” They likely said something along the lines of, “You can’t make real money playing video games.” Well, the times have certainly changed, and they were

Takeoff into history

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Takeoff into history

History was made at McChord Field July 14, 2017. In a change of command ceremony rich in history and steeped in tradition, Col. Rebecca Sonkiss accepted the guidon of the Air Force, thus becoming the first woman to command the 62nd Airlift Wing. She replaces Col. Leonard Kosinski, who will assume new

Experience equals credits

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Experience equals credits

For servicemembers and veterans, educational opportunities for advancement are close at hand. Two local colleges, Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College, offer excellent programs designed to help servicemembers and veterans obtain a college degree or certificate. When using their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, current and past servicemembers should also ensure that

VFW Narrows Bridge honors centenarian

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VFW Narrows Bridge honors centenarian

Leaving us at the rate of nearly 400 per day, and with fewer than a half million remaining, our World War II veterans are perhaps this country's most rapidly disappearing national treasure. So it was fitting for VFW Post #10018 in Ruston to pull out all the stops when one

An elegant hall

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An elegant hall

Between World War I and World War II, Camp Lewis became Fort Lewis, which in turn took on a pronounced sense of permanence. Many of the pre-WWI buildings were removed and replaced by Neo-Georgian brick buildings with brick facades, sash windows and door cases with fanlights. With the parade ground (now Watkins

Combining art with nature

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Combining art with nature

One of the more unique museums on this year's list of Blue Star Museums is the Pacific Bonsai Museum in Federal Way. A majestic outdoor site surrounded by towering trees is the location for this showcase of art and nature. On exhibit now is "Natives," a creative collaboration between landscape artist

Washington State International Kite Festival

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Washington State International Kite Festival

The 2017 Washington State International Kite Festival kicks off Aug. 21 in Long Beach and runs through Aug. 27. It is a weeklong celebration of everything pertaining to kites. Famous kite fliers and thousands of spectators from all over the world converge on the area to participate in this annual

By music, with love

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By music, with love

It's summer time, which is time for road trips and massive sunburns, but mostly it means there is a high demand for music. It seems like the music jumps off our CDs right in front of our eyes and ears for one season. We are very lucky to live in

Brian Regan

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Brian Regan

A YouTube transfer of Brian Regan standup special, I Walked on the Moon (ironically prefaced with the caption, "This DVD is for private home viewing only"), is boldly dubbed: "Best Comedian Ever." That's debatable, to say the least, but it points to the enduring appeal of Regan's career since his

Cars & Couture Fashion Show

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Cars & Couture Fashion Show

Bold colors, long lines and rippling curves from one end to the other. We're not just talking about high-end cars, we're talking about high-end couture fashion as well. And on July 22, residents across the South Puget Sound will have the opportunity to appreciate the visual beauty of both at the

More than dogs

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More than dogs

ANNOUNCER: Take me out to the ballpark means a lot more than fun and games - there is also a great line-up of food at Cheney Stadium. You'll not only find a number of items courtesy of Ivars, but also food trucks and several hot dogs from Tacoma's famed Red

Shakespeare in capitol park

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Shakespeare in capitol park

Leaving Animal Fire Theatre's outdoor production of Much Ado About Nothing, my wife said she thought it might be the best Animal Fire show yet. In the moment, I tended to agree; but then I remembered their Hamlet from five years past and realized the obvious: you can't compare these

Exhibit shows depth

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Exhibit shows depth

I hesitate to say this is the best juried exhibition yet at South Puget Sound Community College because I can't trust my memory of previous ones. But I can say this: all juried exhibitions have some great work, some mediocre work and a few pieces that make you wonder how

Medicine of anger

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Medicine of anger

It's a funny thing, in music, for certain bands and sounds to be stamped with a label that will forever tie them to a time and scene. This labeling can come from without, or within, as observers might sometimes be more qualified to identify the qualities that bands share with

Mobility Guardian arrives at McChord Field

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Mobility Guardian arrives at McChord Field

Joint-service units across Joint Base Lewis-McChord are geared up for one of the biggest Air Force exercises to hit its airfields to date: Mobility Guardian. If the name doesn't ring a bell, don't worry, because Mobility Guardian is the first of its kind at JBLM as a capability-based, joint-service and

62nd Airlift Wing commander discusses Mobility Guardian impact

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62nd Airlift Wing commander discusses Mobility Guardian impact

With Air Mobility Command's premier exercise Mobility Guardian on the horizon at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, new 62nd Airlift Wing commander Col. Rebecca J. Sonkiss sat down with The Ranger newspaper to discuss what the exercise means to participating units and how it will affect total Air Force readiness.The Ranger:  What

Where to go for day trips

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Where to go for day trips

Free time is limited during military exercises, but sometimes you may find yourself with a day or two and want to get out and explore.  The South Sound's natural beauty just begs to be explored, and the nice thing is you can do it and still have all the amenities

Healing the wounded soul

Military Life

Healing the wounded soul

"Is it possible for my soul to die?" That was the question a soldier asked occupational therapist Dr. Jenny Owens. Her response would become the formation of a new program and a new way for healthcare professionals to view and treat post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Together with her husband Evan Owens,

Wanting Seattle's top job

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Wanting Seattle's top job

Greg Hamilton, a former Ranger and Special Forces soldier, wants to be Seattle's next mayor. "It's the craziest thing I've ever done in my life," he said in announcing his campaign in a YouTube video. He contends that Seattle has serious challenges, and he wants to address them in a transparent and

Vietnam veteran supports local military

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Vietnam veteran supports local military

During the summer months, you can find Mike Caldwell at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, where he sells his handcrafted Western red cedar patio furniture. He always has a kind word for those serving in the military and often hands out cedar boxes to thank them for their service. One of

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