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WADS air battle manager graduates Navy TOPGUN

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WADS air battle manager graduates Navy TOPGUN

An Air National Guardsman was the second ever to graduate from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), Dec. 15, 2017, at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. Capt. Jason Allenton, a member of the 225th Air Defense Squadron of the Western Air Defense Sector at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, graduated from the

AMC commander visits JBLM

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AMC commander visits JBLM

The commander of Air Mobility Command visited McChord Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Jan. 25, and witnessed full-spectrum readiness in action. According to Gen. Carlton Everhart, II, full-spectrum readiness describes the way the Air Force maintains the skills and knowledge required to deploy quickly and operate effectively in a full range of

1st SFG (A) trains with Indian Special Forces

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1st SFG (A) trains with Indian Special Forces

Green Berets assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), conducted a joint training exercise with Indian Special Operation Forces, Jan. 14-29, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Exercise Vajra Prahar is an annual two-week exercise, which highlights bilateral training that improves the ability to react efficiently to any number of contingencies.

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Local politicians lead the way

The Intrepid Spirit Center is a reality at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Representing the next evolution of treatment for soldiers with serious head injuries, the $11 million facility aims to advance care by offering special, personalized treatment in a comprehensive program partly supported by private donations. Helping to put the finishing touches on

JBLM spouses knit Little Hats for Big Hearts

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JBLM spouses knit Little Hats for Big Hearts

Military spouses from JBLM and other military family members from around the South Sound have been knitting and crocheting up a storm this year. Next month, neonatal units in the Seattle area will be the recipients of their labors of love as part of the American Heart Association's (AHA) national

JBLM commander speaks at Gig Harbor chamber

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JBLM commander speaks at Gig Harbor chamber

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander served as the keynote speaker Jan. 25 at the weekly Public Affairs Forum held by the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce at the Cottesmore of Life Care facility in Gig Harbor. Col. Nicole M. Lucas spoke to chamber members about the joint military base -- the

Crunching to fitness

Military Life

Crunching to fitness

Lakewood's Crunch Fitness gym offers members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community a great opportunity to stay fit and have fun. Crunch Fitness opened in July of last year in the Lakewood Towne Center. It has been a hit with servicemembers and their families. "(More than) 33 percent of our membership is

Yoga trapeze

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Yoga trapeze

It seems like every time you turn around there is a new type of yoga. Recent versions are goat yoga and stand-up paddleboard yoga. One of the latest to hit this area is yoga trapeze. Lori Capra, owner of Gravity Yoga, LLC, brought the practice to Olympia and is among

Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

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Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship

The 2018 Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship application window is now open. Application packets are available online and the deadline is March 23. The Fort Lewis Military Family Member Scholarship Fund goal is to support soldiers by providing college education grants to their spouses and children. The scholarship program relies

Collateral experiences, not damage

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Collateral experiences, not damage

When one experiences life as a soldier, airman, sailor or Marine, he or she doesn't experience it alone. Friends, family members and sometimes even the community experiences the effects of military life along with the servicemember. Those parallel, collateral experiences are most often unacknowledged ... until now, that is. The

Disney deals and obstacle courses

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Disney deals and obstacle courses

Winters in the Pacific Northwest might not be as harsh as those of neighboring states (you can keep all that snow to yourself, Idaho and Montana), but they're still long and brisk enough to keep many of us indoors, staring wistfully out the window. Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Family & Morale,

Rebellious bird

Stage

Rebellious bird

It's become a cliché to say this, but Georges Bizet's Carmen is an opera custom-made for people who say they don't like opera. It's an opéra comique -- a form in which choruses and arias are separated by spoken dialogue, ancestral to American-style musical theater -- based on a short

Working overtime

Stage

Working overtime

The Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning I Am My Own Wife by Doug Wright is a strange and mesmerizing play based on the true-life story of Charlotte von Mahlsdorf, a German transvestite and LGBTQ activist who survived the Nazis, lived through the East German Communist regime, and founded and ran not

Grub gossip

Features

Grub gossip

Shake Shake Shake's sister store, Fish Fish Fish has been one of the most highly anticipated South Sound restaurant openings for some time now. Luckily, for those salivating in excitement as they zip by the 6th Ave. locale, the establishment is expected to open in just a few weeks, seriously.

Food for thought

Arts

Food for thought

An exhibition of art about food is a delightful concept -- lighthearted and lightweight.  Most of the art in the "Food in Art" exhibition at Tacoma Community College consists of pop-style paintings of food, many of which are clever and funny, such as Diane Fairbanks' "Deception Pass Doughnut," a painting

Looking backwards

Music

Looking backwards

There's an unusual phenomenon that can sometimes happen when it comes to compiling and distributing music. The act of putting a collection of unrelated songs on one release has the ability to retroactively link the songs forever, and in the process, create a new subgenre. While this is a rare

Armed Forces Vacation Club

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Armed Forces Vacation Club

The Armed Forces Vacation Club (AFVC) offers space-available vacations to members of the U.S. military in time-shares around the world for a fixed price of just $349 per week. That works out to less than $50 a night. These units are much bigger than hotel rooms and often have a

Three easy pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three easy pieces

Hey! You! You're reading Three Easy Pieces, where I break down a pop culture trope from its birth to how it looks today. This month, you'll be boning up on breaking the fourth wall; what started as a theatrical term has come to be defined, in film, as tearing down

Taco Rico

Reviews

Taco Rico

ANNOUNCER: Dutch and Jackie were talking shop, as they often do, when Dutch said something about bacon-wrapped burritos. The obvious next stop in their grub adventure was gas station dining gem, Taco Rico, in Edgewood. Because, bacon. JACKIE: I plugged the address into my Waze app and let my smartphone

Hoops 4 Heroes game to benefit soldiers

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Hoops 4 Heroes game to benefit soldiers

February has arrived. That means that March is right around the corner, and with the arrival of the windy month, all thoughts turn to ... basketball, of course! There's March Madness, there's the WIAA High School Championships and there's Hoops 4 Heroes. Put on by the DuPont/Steilacoom Subchapter of the Captain

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