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Kids of all ages are sure to be amazed when the 24th annual Model Train Festival comes to the Washington State History Museum, arriving shortly before Christmas. There will be seven to eight large model train layouts in the museum, some filling entire galleries. There will be a group that promotes

Employee Assistance Program has new phone number, website

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Employee Assistance Program has new phone number, website

(Photo: The Air Force Employee Assistance Program has a new phone number and website. EAP is a professional service that provides information, consultation, problem-solving counseling, resource identification and support to all Air Force civilian employees and their immediate family members.) The Air Force Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has a new phone

Discover Mount Rainier with Discover Nature

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Discover Mount Rainier with Discover Nature

Did you know Mount Rainier is one of the most dangerous mountains to summit? Did you know it is an active stratovolcano, last erupting in 1894 and according to the locals is due for another eruption any day? If those facts don't intimidate you about the glorious mountain overlooking Joint

Fuel your rush!

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Fuel your rush!

As Scott Mills neared the end of his close to 23 years of service in the Air Force, he knew that he wanted to go into business for himself. The service had allowed him to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautics and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. "I think my dad's

Brigade Combat Teams will help inform requirements for a Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System

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Brigade Combat Teams will help inform requirements for a Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System

Five U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) Brigade Combat Teams have been identified to participate in an Army Futures Command-directed Future Tactical Unmanned Aerial System (FTUAS) Capability Demonstration beginning this spring. The participating units are: 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Kentucky 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, Fort

Changes to VA-guaranteed home loans

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Changes to VA-guaranteed home loans

Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the VA Funding Fee will increase for some veterans, however, the effective "cap" on VA no-down payment loans will be eliminated, according to the Veterans Affairs website. Signed into law in June 2019, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 provides service-connected disability benefits to

Nine ways to keep the year-end tax turkey at bay

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Nine ways to keep the year-end tax turkey at bay

As Americans adjust to the Jobs Act of 2017, it's worth noting that military enlistees have a great tool on the IRS website available to help keep them from falling prey of paying too much or too little in taxes. The tax estimator, which was called the tax calculator last

Marketing job lets officers steward Army brand

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Marketing job lets officers steward Army brand

(Photo: Staff Sgt. Justin Zorn, recruiter, Tempe Recruiting Company, engages a potential lead, prior to Arizona State University’s Salute to Service college football game between ASU and the University of Southern California, Nov. 9, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz.) Starting early next year, officers looking for a new calling may discover

Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

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Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

Gratitude characterized the 10th Annual Ham Grenade stop at the Warrior Transition Battalion at the Madigan Army Medical Center last Friday morning. "This event and all the events we host are to say thank you for the many sacrifices our military families live out every day," said Isabella Colvin, vice president

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I was freakin' jolly

Sure, by the time you read this, Christmas will officially be over, but this season is continuing to be jolly for everyone’s favorite Carmen. I made a conscious decision to not attend the Swiss Christmas party because it happened on a Sunday, and I had consumed too many drinks the night

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Happy New Year's Eve

We at the Weekly Volcano really do care. Last week, the astute Matt Driscoll was rapping about some safe driving tips for New Year’s Eve. I’m going to take that a step further. In my column, you’ll find so much of what you need to survive your entire New Year’s Eve night, completely

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Increase in housing allowance and basic pay in 2020

WASHINGTON— Service members will see an increase to their basic housing allowance and basic pay rates starting Jan. 1, the Pentagon announced Thursday. AD: Couple counseling on JBLM pays you $300 and it is confidential. Info here CLICK The basic housing allowance rate will increase by an average of 2.8%

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Meet AAFES' kid experts

DALLAS — The Army & Air Force Exchange Service has enlisted a team of young experts to share the joy of toys this holiday season and beyond. AD: VA home loan class with free dinner - January 14 in Lacey.  Don't miss the top things to know before you

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Military kids can get $5 Exchange gift card

DALLAS – Military students who study and succeed can pick up extra spending money from the Army & Air Force Exchange Service.   AD: Depressed?  Stop using drugs.  All natural, Tricare supported program in Olympia.  Start here - CLICK Through the Exchange’s You Made the Grade program, first- through 12th-graders, including

Basilico Ristorante Italiano

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Basilico Ristorante Italiano

ANNOUNCER: Basilico in Olympia is a local favorite for authentic Italian cuisine. The menu often offers seasonal Northwest ingredients with an Italian flair. With rumors of the husband and wife owners Giampaolo Falchetti and Kathryn Philbrook opening a similar place in Tacoma's Proctor district, Dutch and Jackie head south for

Midsummer in December

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Midsummer in December

By far one of William Shakespeare's most popular plays, A Midsummer Night's Dream -- as its name might suggest -- carries with it a loopy, humid feel, befitting its summer solstice setting. It's a bit of a treat, then, to see the Changing Scene Theatre Northwest stage this show as

The South Sound greets the new year

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The South Sound greets the new year

It might be startling to realize this, but there's no particular reason to begin a new year on the first day of January. It's a week and a half past winter solstice, the shifting date on which the ancient Greeks rebooted their communal calendar, and nowhere near ancient Mesopotamians' preferred

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

I've never been much of a holiday person. Don't get me wrong, I'm no Grinch, but you better not ask me where my Christmas tree is on Thanksgiving, and sure as heck don't ask me to go shopping right after dinner! But that aside, I am a lover of twinkling

Tracking your retirement application online

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Tracking your retirement application online

Headquarters Air Reserve Personnel Center recently introduced a virtual tracking status bar for Guard and Reserve members to monitor the status of their submitted retirement application. The status bar provides the applicant a real-time snapshot of the status of their application. The status begins with "Coordination" following a successfully submitted application,

AETC activates wireless Internet across command

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AETC activates wireless Internet across command

(Photo: Airmen 1st Class Christine Smith and Kaylie Cunningham, 364th Training Squadron electrical and environmental apprentice course students, remove and install an oxygen regulator on an F-15 Eagle at Sheppard Air Force Base, Texas, June 14, 2019. In an effort to expand learning opportunities for airmen and enable training and

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