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1st SFG (A) officer recognized

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1st SFG (A) officer recognized

Maj. Ryan Collins, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) signal officer, was awarded the Army Special Operations Forces Communicator of the Year, April 18, for being the officer who provided the most significant contributions towards the special operations force mission of providing command, control, communications, computers, and intelligence (C4I) support in

Resiliency through Art

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Resiliency through Art

Over a dozen Family Morale, Welfare and Recreation art center directors, CYS personnel, and librarians traveled to U.S. Army garrison Italy Vicenza April 16-20, to partner, share best practices and more importantly, create a consistent program of resiliency to help soldiers and military community members deal with stressors in everyday

Strong families last

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Strong families last

Leighann and Nathan Trodahl are strong parents. Leighann joined the Army as a way to take control of her own destiny, do something on her own and in the process accomplish something to be proud of. She served honorably for eight years, but her career ended due to a disability. "Even saying

The sweetness of organization

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The sweetness of organization

Imagine it's Friday afternoon and the work day is almost done. The clock hands tick toward freedom. The weekend beckons. You're getting ready to pack up for the day and notice that the jar of candy you keep on your desk has been shaken up, dispersing the color-coded candies randomly

One-stop shopping

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One-stop shopping

In a military veteran's seemingly endless search for help finding housing and education options, employment or counseling, the results are frequently the same. They give up, frustrated by the process. Sign-up processes are sometimes complicated by lengthy drives. Or long, discouraging computer searches. To simplify this, the City of Lacey came up with

Courage Ready

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Courage Ready

The execution phases of America's First Corps' exercise Courage Ready 18-01 began with an emergency deployment readiness exercise for soldiers from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The soldiers traveled here to participate in realistic combat training intentionally complicated by distance from home station and unfamiliar terrain. The Courage Ready training series' inaugural exercise focused

MilSpouseFest 2018

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MilSpouseFest 2018

On Thursday, May 17, military spouses will converge on the McGavick Conference Center in Lakewood to take part in MilSpouseFest (MSF) 2018. Presented by USAA, the program was founded by military spouses to provide a way to meet new friends, network, learn and have fun. The day is designed to be

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Thanksgiving in a bar

Just like the rest of the peeps in the United States, I have some things to be thankful for: My family, friends, a cozy home, and the fact that it’s snowing in the mountains. But one of the things that I appreciate the most out of life is something that’s not quite

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Sugar high

When the Weekly Volcano World Headquarters received a hot tip about hotties in a coffee shack called the Hot Hut, I was skeptical. Sure, the girls on the Web site (www.thehothut.com) look pretty good in their studio shots, but they couldn’t possibly be that scantily clad in person, could they? On

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Sex and violence

I really like Ric Hall and Ron Schmitt’s collaborative pastels. It is absolutely astonishing that two artists can work simultaneously on a painting — and apparently, judging from their written statements, with little or no preplanning — and come up with anything as coherent and well designed as the pictures

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Tempest Lounge Anniversary

Tempest Lounge Anniversary What is grace? Is it the toes of a ballerina or the sunglasses of a Jackie O? Nope, it’s the Tempest Lounge. Anniversaries are a big deal, and since it comes around only once a year, no amount of planning is too much to ensure a smooth and festive

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1 club, 2 Mikes and 8 feet

There’s an old joke that proprietors of jazz clubs secretly share with each other but only reluctantly enjoy with the public. During an interview with a veteran tenor sax player, the question was asked, “What made you go into jazz?” His reply: “Well, man, I hate big crowds.” Whether that tenorist

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A bunch of rock and Steve Alboucq

Wednesday, Nov. 21 PUNK neutralboy Over a 15-year career, Neutralboy has gained a devoted local following and made a name for themselves within the local punk scene. With one record to their name and another allegedly on the way, Neutralboy seems to have focused more on the basic elements of punk than

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Ho! Ho! Blow!

The Museum of Glass is kind of a big deal. But you already knew that, right? Just like you already knew about the worldwide reputation our own little inverted ice-cream cone is gaining with renowned artists in the medium of glass. You probably knew all about how visiting artists will come to

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Ugly sweaters, Catholic gilt and holiday events

THE PARTY Bad Xmas Sweater You knew there was a reason to hold on to the Christmas-light-laden and obscenely geometric printed green-and-red sweater. You once thought even the one with reindeer had potential. Now it’s time to explore your closets because, ladies and gentlemen, the ugliest holiday sweater contest will be held

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It's all about women

“whistle down the wind” A show of note around the Puget Sound is 5th Avenue Theatre’s staging of the U.S. premiere of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Whistle Down the Wind.” The show is an uplifting musical about a young Louisiana girl who finds a mysterious stranger and hides him from the townspeople, who

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Sparkle at the Stardust

One of the most awaited holiday traditions is taking to the stage of Harlequin Productions. The Olympia theater is staging its holiday offering, the latest in its original serial about a troupe of New York nightclubbers doing their part for the war effort by singing their way to the hearts

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Highland Health and Holler

Something about this time of year — it makes plaid cool. It makes fiddles cool, too. The Celtic Music’s Voyage to Appalachia: Highland Health and Holler, featuring Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, and Bruce Molsky, arrives at the Pantages Theater Thursday. Cool. Having been recognized

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We're Thankful for these bars

Is it possible for a bar to save your life? The Weekly Volcano thinks so. Whether you’re looking for cocktails and conversation or a place to brood, your favorite bar, tavern or lounge can be a home away from home. These are the places you go to commiserate, to communicate,

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Smells like turkey spirit

Turkey Day (the time honored tradition of stuffing bread up a turkey’s ass and eating it) is by far my favorite holiday. I like it even more than Christmas. Thanksgiving has all that Christmas has to offer: great food and drink, family and friends, and crisp weather that lures us

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