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Tattooing as history and art

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Tattooing as history and art

First Lieutenant Evan Myers watched as Raleigh Bamer pulled back the piece of tattoo tracing paper that left a stencil of a wizard on his right leg just above the ankle. This is not the first time Myers has seen this. He estimated he had been tattooed 15 times and that

Mount Rainier's greatest tragedy commemorated with hike

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Mount Rainier's greatest tragedy commemorated with hike

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On Oct. 8, the Combat Logistics Battalion 23, Combat Logistics Regiment 4, 4th Marine Logistics Group from Joint Base Lewis-McChord participated in a three-hour, 7.75-mile hike on Mount Rainier's foothills to commemorate the deaths of 32 Marines from a plane crash that occurred in December 1946. "The Marine

Madigan pharmacy moves to industry standard

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Madigan pharmacy moves to industry standard

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The way Madigan Army Medical Center's Outpatient Pharmacy operates is changing. For years, patients have come to the first floor of the Medical Mall, taken a number, waited to be called, talked to a pharmacy tech, sat back down and waited to

More DoD guidance on shots

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More DoD guidance on shots

The good news for the Defense Department is that the vast majority of military members have been vaccinated for COVID, so there won't be a mass exodus of troops come December's deadline. By all recent indications, roughly 90 to 95% of the force has complied with the mandate, with those numbers

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Local Halloween events

  If you're looking to have a spooktacular time this weekend there are plenty of local happenings to entertain all the ghouls and goblins in your life.    Friday, Oct. 29 The City of Dupont Parks and Recreation presents Downtown Trick or Treating. Dress in your craziest, scariest, cutest costumes and head downtown for trick-or-treating

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Don’t Miss Saddle Up Country Fest

  Debuting in its inaugural year in Seattle with the intent to take the tour nationally,  Saddle Up Country Fest- presented by 100.7 the Wolf  in partnership with Lane Records and Sky High Music will kick off on December 4th at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.    Headlining the show is the

Flexibility in education

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Flexibility in education

Education is vital to the building and maintaining of a career in both the civilian and military sectors. For many working adults and soldiers, this education has to have a degree of flexibility. UMass Global (University of Massachusetts Global) is one such educational experience designed to help individuals who have busy

Pushing to confidence

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Pushing to confidence

Sgt. Cuatro Ramirez watched as Spc. Austin Donnelly and PV2 John Springer did a dozen push-ups in the sage and sand of the Yakima Training Center.  "They are eager to learn and to work," Ramirez said, "and most important they are confident and motivated; they are outstanding soldiers." "It's pretty high speed,"

Sesame Street supports military families during TDYs

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Sesame Street supports military families during TDYs

Even in the most challenging times, service members and their families continue to thrive. For military children these challenges often leave them with questions or strong feelings about what they hear on the news or at home. Temporary duty assignments, which typically last anywhere from a few days to a few months,

Family Care Plan: What to know

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Family Care Plan: What to know

KEESLER AIR FORCE BASE, Miss. - As any airman knows, a situation could arise at any time that would require them to leave their homes and their families, whether it be for a short or extended period of time. In order to ensure an available, ready force, the Air Force encourages

New invasive grass makes its way to JBLM

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New invasive grass makes its way to JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Joint Base Lewis-McChord has its share of invasive plants, such as scotch broom and Himalayan blackberry, which are easy to spot. There are protocols in place to address the impacts; however, in April 2021, Brachypodium sylvaticum or false brome, a Class A noxious weed, was found in one of the

Taking the fight to depression

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Taking the fight to depression

Dr. Kalyan Dandala believes that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is the future of psychiatry. "It is the next generation of treatment," he said. "There is not a shortage of people suffering from depression anxiety; there is, however, a lack of awareness about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation." Dandala is working to change this. While working

Army to briefly promote senior NCOs without schooling

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Army to briefly promote senior NCOs without schooling

WASHINGTON - Senior noncommissioned officers who have not yet graduated from the Master Leaders Course may still be promoted in the coming weeks, said the Army's top enlisted soldier. The new policy starts Nov. 1 and will briefly promote qualified soldiers to E-8 for up to a year to provide them

‘We understood we were doing something important’

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‘We understood we were doing something important’

That is a line from the Airman's Creed that all U.S. airmen have memorized, repeated countless times and been dedicated to honoring. When the orders came down to evacuate thousands of military personnel, civilians and millions of pounds of cargo from Afghanistan in August 2021, a call was made. Air Force

Concussion linked to depression, anxiety and PTSD

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Concussion linked to depression, anxiety and PTSD

Recent research shows mounting evidence of a link between mild traumatic brain injury and mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. For the first time, a study of post-mortem brains of service members who were diagnosed with blast-related concussions found visible evidence of damage to the brain. Researchers believe

Helicopters. Respect … or racism

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Helicopters. Respect … or racism

The Defense Department is moving quickly to re-name military bases named after Confederate leaders, at the same time major league sports teams and high schools have removed images and names related to Native Americans. Which, begs the question, are helicopters next? How one person perceives another person is a natural occurrence.

Back to Antartica

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Back to Antartica

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The U.S. military kicked off the 2021-2022 season of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), when a team of airmen from the 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings departed for Christchurch, New Zealand, this September. "This upcoming season is getting back more like ‘normal' in that we have an increased

Fall fun is waiting in Thurston County

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Fall fun is waiting in Thurston County

Fall is in full swing and so is the fun in Thurston County. Farms all over the county are welcoming visitors to pick pumpkins, explore corn mazes and enjoy an abundance of other fall activities - and the small town of Bucoda, Washington has already transformed into the ultimate destination

AUSA serves you

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AUSA serves you

At the end of World War II, the United State Army was quickly reduced in size.  Congressional support for funding and maintaining even an adequate land power force was not politically popular. Recognizing this challenge, a number of Army leaders knew that the Army could survive as a viable force if

UFOs vs. your unit

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UFOs vs. your unit

The science fiction television series, Invasion premieres on Apple TV Oct. 22, which begs the question, could your military unit defeat an alien insurrection? Experts will tell you that an opponent cannot be defeated if the defender does not know or understand the opponent. Situational awareness on the battlefield is everything.

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