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Why I am getting out of the Air Force

Military Life

Why I am getting out of the Air Force

When I first signed my name on the dotted line to serve my country, I had all these crazy, outlandish ideas of what I thought my Air Force experience was going to be. Well, spoiler alert, they didn't come to fruition, but what I got was a million times better

DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Jobs & Education

DoD grant will fund rigorous national Stem program

Last week at Graham-Kapowsin High School, leadership from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the Bethel School District announced a new partnership with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI). The initiative is an evidence-based, rigorous national STEM program which was made possible by a $727,500 grant from the U.S. Department

Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

News Front

Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

To ensure that deployed service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Pierce County could vote in the recent 2019 elections, the county's auditor's office piloted the first mobile elections platform in Washington state. "We opted to try a mobile voting solution when we were confronted by the imminent withdrawal from

Soldier honored at Rogers High School

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Soldier honored at Rogers High School

Rogers High School in Puyallup unveiled a monument last Friday afternoon honoring Medal of Honor recipient SSgt. Ronald Shurer. Escorted by the school's Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cmdr. Duane O'Brien and Command Sgt. Maj. Erica Gonzales, the 1997 graduate of the school and his family spent the day

Yama Sakura 77

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Yama Sakura 77

Hundreds of fists punched the sky, mingling with the warm wisps of breath in the cold morning air, as a resounding cry of "Together to the future!" roared across the band square in both English and Japanese. With that, U.S. Army I Corps and Japan Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) service members

Preparing for the big one

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Preparing for the big one

(Photo: Washington National Guard members and personnel from the National Guard Bureau take part in a training exercise planning session at the Herbert R. Temple Readiness Center, Arlington Hall Station in Arlington, Va. The planning session was primarily focused on preparations for the Washington Cascadia Subduction Zone training exercise, which

REBOOT Recovery

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REBOOT Recovery

One of the biggest battles that many of our military service members and veterans face when returning home is combat trauma. Recovering from trauma is extremely difficult to recover from on your own. Attempting to self-medicate to fix these issues can affect their quality of life, relationships, abuse of medications,

JBLM soldiers recognized

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JBLM soldiers recognized

(Photo: Gen. Michael Garrett, commanding general, U.S. Army Forces Command, recognized 25 captains and 10 warrant officers from throughout the command Dec. 6 as part of FORSCOM’s annual Gen. Douglas MacArthur Leadership Assessment at Fort Bragg, N.C.) The U.S. Army Forces Command recognized 25 captains and 10 warrant officers from throughout

SPOUSE magazine - December 2019

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SPOUSE magazine - December 2019

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the December 2019 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Fantasy Lights are back <<< Shopping Puyallup's Main Street District <<< Holiday shopping in Portland <<< Getting into the holiday spirit <<< Creature comforts <<< Sapporo Steakhouse

2019 Holiday Guide #3

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2019 Holiday Guide #3

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2019 Holiday Guide #3.

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What’s Josh Carter wearing?

Sitting in the lobby of the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel as Wintergrass swirled around him, Josh Carter looked conspicuously non-banjoesque and took some time to describe elements of his look for the Weekly Volcano. The fabulously zebra Guess? pants were found at urbanXchange, several sizes too large.  Carter’s girlfriend (coincidentally last week’s

Three Easy Pieces

South Sound Cinema

Three Easy Pieces

Welcome to another edition of Three Easy Pieces, where I explore a certain subsection of pop culture, from its birth to how it looks today. Since the holiday season is upon us -- bringing with it yet another remake of Black Christmas -- I thought I'd revisit a topic I

Anthropomorphic animals

Stage

Anthropomorphic animals

The Wind in the Willows at Olympia Family Theater offers a respite from the usual spate of Christmas stories this time of year. It is a delightful romp in the woods and trip down a river by a loveable group of anthropomorphized animals who demonstrate the power and beauty of

Spud’s Pizza Parlor

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Spud’s Pizza Parlor

ANNOUNCER: Spud's Pizza has been an east Tacoma staple for nearly 60 years, often boasting several generations of loyal customers. Known for its large helpings of pizza and salads, Dutch and Jackie head over to relive a dining foundation from their youth. DUTCH: I like the reminiscence of the place. On

Holiday movie preview

South Sound Cinema

Holiday movie preview

The Banker (Dec. 6)  George Nolfi, who did such a splendid job of adapting The Adjustment Bureau and turning it into one of the great romantic films of the 2010s, is behind the camera for this based-on-true-events story starring Samuel L. Jackson and Anthony Mackie as African-American businessmen in the 1950s

Reunited and it feels so good

Stage

Reunited and it feels so good

Let us now sing once again (or should we say "carol?") the praises of The Christmas Revels at Tacoma Arts Live's Rialto Theater. It's a mid-December medley of family-friendly skits, songs and instrumental performances that showcase a different, though primarily European, culture each year. As it has been for the

Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

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Holiday magic at Enchant in T-Mobile Park

Enchant Christmas returns to Seattle's T-Mobile Park for an extravagant Christmas experience. This year, the world's largest Christmas light maze, Mischievous, will delight children of all ages as they search for Santa's missing gifts in time to save Christmas. During the event, the stadium is packed with fun things to do.

Volunteers bring holiday cheer to airmen

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Volunteers bring holiday cheer to airmen

Not everyone can go home for the holidays, but that doesn't mean anyone has to miss out on holiday festivities. Operation Turkey Drop, Operation Cookie Drop and Operation Ham Grenade are among several seasonal initiatives Joint Base Lewis-McChord conducts to spread Yuletide spirit. The season recently kicked off with Operation Turkey

Air Force addresses privatized housing problems

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Air Force addresses privatized housing problems

(Photo: Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett provides testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington, D.C., Dec. 3. The committee examined privatized military housing for service members and their families.) Secretary of the Air Force Barbara M. Barrett insisted to the Senate Armed Services Committee Dec. 3

Online community helps veterans connect

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Online community helps veterans connect

Have you served in the military and looking for a way to connect with other service members without being broadcasted on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or other social media platforms? TogetherWeServed.com (TWS) has you covered with their social platform specifically intended for veterans and family members. Whether you are looking to engage with

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