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Airman up for the challenge

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Airman up for the challenge

Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted a weeklong Agile Combat Employment training here, April 18-22, 2022. The ACE training is part of a grand and innovative operation in which maintainers at McChord Field do their part to "Accelerate Change or Lose." It is no secret that adversaries'

JBLM community mayors welcomed at ceremony

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JBLM community mayors welcomed at ceremony

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Toward the end of 2021, Joint Base Lewis-McChord began recruiting community mayors for its five base housing districts. These mayors serve as a voice for the communities and advocate for quality-of-life initiatives. "Each of those districts has the subordinate 22 communities," said Col. Phillip Lamb, JBLM commander.

'The Northman' is a beautiful and violent saga

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'The Northman' is a beautiful and violent saga

Robert Eggers' bloody and bone-cracking and yet beautiful Viking saga The Northman is set primarily in 10th-century Iceland - but every frame of this 137-minute epic makes us feel as if we've been plunged neck-deep into the violent dread of Dante's Seventh Circle of Hell. Even the kings and queens

More housing needed on JBLM, official says

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More housing needed on JBLM, official says

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland (WA-10) representing the South Sound asked the Department of Defense last week to add more homes on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, citing low housing supply and skyrocketing costs as the reasons. With more than 45,000 service members and civilian workers at JBLM, it is the fourth largest military installation

Cold Steel Brigade trains California National Guard soldiers

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Cold Steel Brigade trains California National Guard soldiers

FORT HOOD, Texas - The command team of 40th Infantry Division, California Army National Guard, conducted a War Fighter Exercise (WFX) with direct support from Observer, Coach and Trainers (OC/Ts) of the 189th Infantry Brigade, Division West - First Army, at North Fort Hood throughout the first half of April. 40th

Energy action steam decentralization on JBLM

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Energy action steam decentralization on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD -  The energy program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord leads in taking energy action for sustainable working and living conditions. One project that exhibits this drive is the decentralization of heating plants for the Korean War-era "hammerhead" barracks situated east of Gray Army Airfield on Lewis Main, commonly referred to as

H2F launches Thunderbolt Performance Center

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H2F launches Thunderbolt Performance Center

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) team launched its post-pilot Thunderbolt Performance Center at the Soldier Center Medical Home in a ribbon-cutting ceremony, April 13. The 17th Field Artillery Brigade piloted the Army's H2F program in early 2018 at the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery Regiment with

Finding health through art

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Finding health through art

Jim Anderson self-describes as an eccentric. "I realized from a young age that I was different from most other people," the Steilacoom resident began. "When you hear someone describing something or someone as ‘outside of the box,' I would dare say that I've never been ‘in the box' with my ideas,

FAB: Helping families is the priority

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FAB: Helping families is the priority

Darlene Pacheco is a collaborative person who truly enjoys being a part of something larger than herself. "I strive to help navigate families to the different resources and the professional help available to them," began the Family Advocacy Program (FAP) Specialist aligned with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 2nd

America’s Airlift Wing holds inaugural AIM Wing event

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America’s Airlift Wing holds inaugural AIM Wing event

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The 62nd Airlift Wing partnered with the Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club, a local STEM aviation program sponsored by the Black Pilots of America, to hold the first-ever Aviation Inspiration and Mentorship (AIM) Wing event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, April 16. With its recent designation as an AIM

Robot dog reports for duty

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Robot dog reports for duty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AFNS) - In December 2021, the Portland Air National Guard Base became the first Air National Guard base to house the innovative technology developed by Ghost Robotics known as the Quadrupedal Unmanned Ground Vehicle. This four-legged droid is commonly referred to as a robot dog. The new addition to

WIT champions win for DoD members

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WIT champions win for DoD members

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of Defense recently announced that effective April 7, 2022, the Joint Travel Regulations (JTR) will allow nursing service members and civilian employees to be reimbursed for breast milk shipment costs when on official travel for more than three days. This change was championed by

Army’s new standard rifle?

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Army’s new standard rifle?

The Army will soon be replacing the M4 Rifle and the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon. With the awarding of a ten-year, $20.4 million contract to Sig Sauer, the XM5 Rifle and the XM250 Automatic Rifle will become the new standard small arms weapons for soldiers. Soldiers will also switch from using 5.56mm

Free event Saturday: Salute to Military Couples Night Out

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Free event Saturday: Salute to Military Couples Night Out

Military couples definitely endure their share of sacrifice, and that is why Grand Canyon University and the Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers are teaming up to present a fun evening dedicated to military couples this SATURDAY, April 23 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. hosted by LeMay America's Car Museum.  This is

Retro-cool

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Retro-cool

Within the first two minutes of the retro-cool and warmhearted animated crime-thriller spoof The Bad Guys, we can tell we're in for something refreshingly original - because those two minutes (and change) consist of a single, unbroken shot in a diner that is a clear homage to the prologue of

JBLM takes measures to reduce noise disturbance

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JBLM takes measures to reduce noise disturbance

The sound of demolition, mortar and artillery training at Joint Base Lewis-McChord - particularly at night - ofttimes leads to complaints from the surrounding communities. "We owe the people in those communities an explanation for the noise," began Joe Piek, a public affairs officer at JBLM, "and we work very hard

Eight thrift shop volunteers combine for over 170 years of giving

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Eight thrift shop volunteers combine for over 170 years of giving

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - There's something to say about those who dedicate their lives giving back to others, especially when done out of the kindness of their heart. That's just what the eight, long-term volunteers assigned to the Fort Lewis Thrift Shop have done. With a combined contribution of over 170

JBLM unit trains for nuclear forensics mission

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JBLM unit trains for nuclear forensics mission

BETHANY BEACH, Del. - Highly specialized American Army units from the U.S. Department of Defense's premier all hazards command trained for interagency nuclear forensics missions during Exercise Prominent Hunt at Bethany Beach, Delaware, April 4-7. The 20th Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosives Command's Nuclear Disablement Team 2 and 3rd CBRNE Response

Two JBLM children published in new book

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Two JBLM children published in new book

Jocelyn Suarez knows about foreshadowing in telling a good, scary story. In her short story "Beach," she clues the reader into how a woman turns into a dog by writing, "The beach was as dry as a dog's tongue." Her younger brother, Knight Cassady, wrote a suspense filled mystery entitled "The Ghost

JBLM soldiers start preparing for Warrior Games with hard training

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JBLM soldiers start preparing for Warrior Games with hard training

ARLINGTON, Va. - The DoD Warrior Games 2022 may be months away, but the soldiers of Task Force Phoenix at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Recovery Unit (SRU) in Tacoma, Washington already are deep into an intense training regimen in the hopes of securing some shiny hardware this August in Texas. The

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