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Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

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Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout observed Nov. 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to talk to their health care providers about smoking cessation programs to help them quit, as cigarette use continues to decline nationwide. The 2020 Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use

Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

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Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Over 1,000 service members worked tirelessly during the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fall Clean-up from Nov. 1 to 5 to remove trash from 11 training areas on base as well as the main cantonment areas. While the obvious purpose of the spring and fall cleanups are to improve the appearance of JBLM, there's a more

Tips for caregivers: How to take care of yourself and avoid burnout

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Tips for caregivers: How to take care of yourself and avoid burnout

Caring for a recovering service member can be hard. It can take on an added level of difficulty and stress when, as is often the case, that person is a friend, family member or loved one. Without time to recharge, burnout is a very real risk. That's why it's so important

Local ways to celebrate the holidays

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Local ways to celebrate the holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we're here to fill you in on additional opportunities to deck your calendars full this holiday season. Here are local holiday happenings in the communities surrounding JBLM.  Sunday, Nov. 28 Olympia Downtown holiday celebrations kick off with LoveOly Winter Fest in downtown from

Holiday season arrives at McChord with annual Operation Turkey Drop

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Holiday season arrives at McChord with annual Operation Turkey Drop

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - It's the beginning of the holiday season, which once again means it's time for Operation Turkey Drop. Every year, members of the Air Force Association (AFA) McChord Field Chapter and the Pierce Military and Business Alliance (PMBA) donate hundreds of turkeys to Team McChord airmen and their

Kick off the giving

Military Life

Kick off the giving

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The holiday season brings out a natural human instinct to share, to wrap those who are cold in the warmth of kindness and bring light to the darkness. At Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the command team is leading the

‘Thunderbolt’ Brigade merges HIRAINS into Rainier War exercise

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‘Thunderbolt’ Brigade merges HIRAINS into Rainier War exercise

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) platoons from 17th Field Artillery Brigade had the opportunity to train alongside air crews with the 62nd Airlift Wing during Rainier War, at both Yakima, Washington, and Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah from Nov. 6-9. Rainier War is an Air

‘Tis the Season for Fantasy Lights

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‘Tis the Season for Fantasy Lights

For the past 27 years, Pierce County Parks has delighted thousands of families from near and far with miles of elaborate light displays. Fantasy Lights is the largest holiday drive-through display in the Northwest and features nearly 300 displays with thousands of dazzling lights. For those new to the area, this

JBLM Exchange adds touch of beauty with MAC Cosmetics

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JBLM Exchange adds touch of beauty with MAC Cosmetics

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Joint Base Lewis-McChord shoppers can put their best face forward thanks to MAC Cosmetics, now open at the Lewis Exchange shopping center. Exchange leaders cut the ribbon on the store, which offers makeup and skincare products, Nov. 4. "The Exchange is all in for improving the shopping experience

DoD to offer you more help

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DoD to offer you more help

The pandemic has imposed unusual hardships on the military, and Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III is taking immediate steps to alleviate the worst effects. Austin announced the moves he's taking to strengthen economic security in the armed forces. He spoke during a Pentagon news conference Nov. 17. "The pandemic and

‘Best season yet.’

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‘Best season yet.’

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The C-17 West Coast Demonstration Team concluded its 2021 season with its 14th show at the Wings Over North Georgia Airshow in Rome, Georgia, Oct. 31. Since the beginning of the season in April, the C-17 Globemaster III Demo team, which consists of seven pilots and five

Don’t miss the City of Lacey’s annual holiday festivities

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Don’t miss the City of Lacey’s annual holiday festivities

The City of Lacey's annual Lighted Parade and Lighting of the Christmas Trees is back this year! Since 1996, the City of Lacey has been celebrating the holidays with an old-fashioned Christmas tree lighting ceremony, and in most recent years, lighting up all of Huntamer Park in Woodland Square, for visitors

Department of the Air Force releases findings on Interpersonal Violence survey

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Department of the Air Force releases findings on Interpersonal Violence survey

The Department of the Air Force released findings from a force-wide Interpersonal Violence Task Force Nov. 9, which studied the depth and scope of how airmen and guardians are affected by interpersonal violence. The results are available for download here. After the Secretary of the Air Force established the Interpersonal Violence

WA ANG’s top officer lives lessons learned

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WA ANG’s top officer lives lessons learned

Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Commander, Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG), is most proud of the six years he spent as an enlisted airman. "I started with nothing, and I've gone from Airman Basic to now the General Officer ranks," he began, "and my foundation was laid down as an enlisted

From burn pits to kitchen sinks: The big problem of toxic exposures

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From burn pits to kitchen sinks: The big problem of toxic exposures

The images of and stories about service members suffering chronic illnesses and various cancers after throwing waste items into burn pits during combat operations over the past two decades only presents a part of the toxic exposure problem the military faces. While it is clear that burn pits do release toxins

Who do you think you are?

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Who do you think you are?

While the overall size and racial diversity of our military remained steady, the number of women serving in the active duty force, both enlisted and officers has grown slightly, according to the newly released 2020 Demographics Profile of the Military Community report. Current stats also show the Army leads with personnel

New ‘Ask VA’ portal allows anyone to contact VA securely

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New ‘Ask VA’ portal allows anyone to contact VA securely

Do you want to find more information on VA benefits and services? Do you have a question, concern, recommendation, or compliment for VA? Then use the new "Ask VA" portal! WHAT IS ASK VA? The Ask VA online question portal, launched on October 18, 2021, was created to provide the veteran community

Army to extend temporary promotion policy for all NCO ranks

Military Policy

Army to extend temporary promotion policy for all NCO ranks

WASHINGTON - Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston announced the Army will expand its temporary promotion policy to all non-commissioned officer ranks, giving soldiers more time to complete required training schools. "Our goal is to develop every leader for promotion," Grinston said during a media roundtable Nov 1. "This

Changes coming to TRICARE Retail Network Pharmacies

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Changes coming to TRICARE Retail Network Pharmacies

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — There are changes coming soon to the TRICARE retail pharmacy network. Starting Dec. 15, 2021, CVS Pharmacy will join the TRICARE network. At the same time, Walmart, Sam's Club, and some community pharmacies will leave the network. Express Scripts is the TRICARE pharmacy contractor. They manage the

Don’t miss Saddle Up Country Fest

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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 Dec. 4 at the accesso ShoWare Center in Kent.  Headlining the show

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