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Earning her tab

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Earning her tab

In thinking back on becoming the 32nd female soldier to earn a Ranger tab, 1Lt. Brittany Taylor neatly articulated the progress of history. "I do not think I have made history, but continued history," she wrote in an email.  "I am forever grateful for all of the trailblazing women who have

Chill drills at your fingertips

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Chill drills at your fingertips

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to pause for a moment to refresh and recharge. Chill Drills by Military OneSource allows you to do that by lowering your stress level wherever you are, whenever you need. Chill Drills is a collection of simple audio mindfulness exercises to relax the

446th Mission Support Group welcomes new commander

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446th Mission Support Group welcomes new commander

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Col. Sherard Dorroh assumed command of the 446th Mission Support Group here on April 11. "I'm just very excited and looking forward to the challenge and doing whatever I can to make it better for our airmen," Dorroh said. Before assuming command of the 446th

Combat readiness weakened after decades of conflict

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Combat readiness weakened after decades of conflict

Two decades of conflicts have degraded the military's ability to fight in the air and at sea while ground forces have experienced a boost in their ability to carry out missions, a government watchdog agency report said. The Navy was especially hard hit, seeing declines in availability of resources and ship

Explore Camano island

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Explore Camano island

If you're looking for a weekend getaway, especially if you're an outdoor enthusiast, look no further than Camano Island. Located a two hour drive from JBLM, it's possible to do a day trip, but, if able, it's best to plan a night or weekend getaway to ensure you can explore

New vaccine appointment tool

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New vaccine appointment tool

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — When it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may be able to book an appointment at a military hospital, clinic, or vaccination site with the new Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal (DAP). Read more about this convenient new vaccine scheduling tool from the Defense

Better chow?

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Better chow?

Soldiers may notice that things are starting to change at Army installations when it comes to food services - updated meal offerings, more accessible dining locations, and modernized payment methods are among a slew of changes that are in the works, and in many cases have begun to roll out. These

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Fashion status

As the fashion world has had to say goodbye to Valentino, the one man who could possibly be referred to as the godfather of fashion, I, too, may have a farewell at hand. While weeding out from my closet clothes that have become obsolete since dropping a bit more weight,

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The Helm

For starters, the exhibition called “This is a Time Machine” at The Helm is colorful and visually exciting, and it begs some interesting questions about the use of found objects in art. Such as just how much of the work should actually be created by the artist? Is it enough

Keeping C-17's young

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Keeping C-17's young

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - When people think of maintenance in the U.S. Air Force, they often picture an airman working directly on an aircraft. However, many jobs within the maintenance career field have different ways they contribute to the mission of keeping jets in the air. The 62nd Maintenance Squadron Aerospace

Wa lawmaker pushes for better spending

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Wa lawmaker pushes for better spending

WASHINGTON - The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee said April 13 that his priority in 2021 is to find new ways for the Pentagon to spend its funding more effectively, as lawmakers continue to fight over how much money to give the Defense Department. "There are not enough incentives

Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

For one who has come from nothing, Senior Airman Louis Shackelford has made a significant contribution to the struggle against COVID-19. "The first obstacle I had to overcome that still echoes through my life was growing up Black, extremely poor, raised by my single mother in one of the poorest neighborhoods/public

Magic therapy dogs

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Magic therapy dogs

Beginning in 2013, my therapy partner, Wilson, and I began volunteering at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. We were fortunate to get this opportunity through Pet Partners, and I am doubly fortunate because I, too, am a veteran, having served 20 years in the U.S. Army. We were assigned to the polytrauma

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Funny ha ha and funny strange

josh blue Last Comic Standing winner and Evergreen State College funnyman Josh Blue will be paying a visit to his old stomping grounds with a show in Tacoma. Either go out to support a local boy done good or just go because he is funnier than a middle school dance. Just

Vaccine update

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Vaccine update

Defense Department officials have said the department will be ready to offer COVID-19 vaccinations to all eligible beneficiaries by May 1, in keeping with a White House announcement that on that date, all Americans will be able to get vaccinated if they want to. "We are committed to contributing to the president

Spring road trip on the Oregon coast

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Spring road trip on the Oregon coast

Driving out to Florence for a springtime getaway is an Oregon tradition. As the days get longer, it's a chance to take in fresh ocean air, feel the cold sand on your feet and relax with only the sound of the ocean waves to keep you company. While you'll want to be sure to

What happens to my TRICARE benefit after divorce?

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What happens to my TRICARE benefit after divorce?

If you're getting divorced, the future may seem uncertain. One question in your mind may be whether you'll still be eligible for TRICARE. The answer depends on your sponsor status, length of your marriage, and other factors. "After a divorce, the sponsor and both the sponsor's biological and the sponsor's adopted

Class B uniform update

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Class B uniform update

Soldiers may wear an insignia and some accoutrements on their Class B service uniforms, the Army announced in an update to uniform regulations. The change allows a soldier to wear up to six ribbons in two rows on the left side of the Class B Army Green Service Uniform, along with

Seattle beauty queen deploys

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Seattle beauty queen deploys

ERBIL AIR BASE, Iraq - Little girls often dream of one day becoming a princess and living the fairytale life. Not many envision lacing up a pair a boots and joining the military, but that was exactly what Lt. Col Beatriz Florez did. She is part of the generation of men

How to get a virtual hearing at the BVA

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How to get a virtual hearing at the BVA

The Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) has held over 13,000 virtual tele-hearings. These virtual tele-hearings allow the Board to hold hearings for veterans safely and efficiently from wherever the veteran chooses. Best of all, the technology allows the Board to be more efficient and more productive, increasing the number of yearly

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