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Free 'Frozen' party for military kids

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Free 'Frozen' party for military kids

As the holiday season gets into full gear, The Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers with main sponsor Grand Canyon University present two free, special Saturdays to honor local military kids, grandkids, and their families. These events are open to active, reserve, retired and all veterans. The first is Saturday, Dec. 3

Put these Pacific Northwest products on your holiday shopping lists

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Put these Pacific Northwest products on your holiday shopping lists

The holidays are upon us, and it is time to start thinking of gifts for family and friends. Don't forget hostess gifts when attending events at someone's home. Purchasing local products helps to support our community. Small businesses are so generous supporting school auctions, sports teams, and nonprofits so shopping

Cut your own Christmas tree at these family-friendly farms

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Cut your own Christmas tree at these family-friendly farms

Over the river and through the woods ... but Grandma's house will have to wait. We've got a Christmas Tree to cut down! Not sure where to begin your search? We've done the heavy lifting for you! We might not help you tie your tree to the roof of your car,

DOD survey asks participants to weigh in on Exceptional Family Member Program

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DOD survey asks participants to weigh in on Exceptional Family Member Program

For the first time, the Defense Department will offer those enrolled in the Exceptional Family Member Program, also called EFMP, an opportunity to provide detailed input about their experiences. Feedback will be used to improve how the program provides services to participating families. "It's pretty exciting because it's the first official

TRICARE Open Season is here

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TRICARE Open Season is here

FALLS CHURCH, Va. —  TRICARE Open Season began Nov. 14. For most TRICARE beneficiaries, this is your chance to enroll in a health plan or change health plans for coverage that starts Jan. 1, 2023. You have until Tuesday, Dec. 13, to make those changes.   Does open season apply to you?

Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

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Strickland wants BAH at 100 percent

Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland introduced the Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) Calculation Improvement Act to the House of Representatives on April 21, 2022.  Fifty-eight of her Congressional colleagues have signed on in support. The House Report of the Fiscal Year 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) is well aware of the act. In

Team Exchange readies for Black Friday weekend

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Team Exchange readies for Black Friday weekend

Inflation and changes in customer buying habits are challenges facing all retailers this Black Friday, but Exchange leaders are cautiously optimistic and ready to adapt. "With the pinch from inflation and higher costs, customers are buying what they need more than what they want," said Executive Vice President and Chief Merchandising

NeuroStim TMS expands

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NeuroStim TMS expands

NeuroStim TMS, a leading provider of transcranial magnetic stimulation to patients in the Pacific Northwest, recently relocated to a larger facility to help individuals in the Lakewood-Tacoma area. "Moving to a larger facility is a great milestone for the whole NeuroStim team," said Walt Guidice, NeuroStim's CEO. "The fact that we

Fast facts about new toxic exposure screening for veterans

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Fast facts about new toxic exposure screening for veterans

Have you heard about the new toxic exposure screening? If you're enrolled in VA health care, you can now receive the toxic exposure screening at VA medical centers and clinics across the country. If you're not enrolled but meet eligibility requirements to enroll, you will have an opportunity to receive the

2-2 SBCT uncases its brigade colors signifying start of 12th KRF

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2-2 SBCT uncases its brigade colors signifying start of 12th KRF

CAMP HOVEY, Republic of Korea - The 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team ‘Lancer Brigade', 2nd Infantry Division unfurled its unit colors at Hovey Gym, Nov. 9, 2022, signifying the official transfer of authority from the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team ‘Ready First Brigade', 1st Armored Division. The 2nd SBCT, hailing from

Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

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Top 10 places for veterans to find leadership careers

Transitioning from a military career to a civilian career is not always easy; however, there is the recognition of the value that veterans bring in terms of leadership and teamwork. A recent analysis by LinkedIn's Economic Graph team looked at metropolitan areas where college-educated veterans with a bachelor's degree or more

Making a difference restoring Madigan FIT trail

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Making a difference restoring Madigan FIT trail

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - And it's a wrap! On Make a Difference Day 2022, volunteers of all ages turned out to do restoration work on the Madigan FIT Trail on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Forty-eight engaged volunteers, including several scout groups, worked hard on the removal of invasive Himalayan blackberries, holly, Scotch

'A Christmas Story Christmas'

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'A Christmas Story Christmas'

If Hollywood delivered a decades-later sequel titled It's Still a Wonderful Life that picked up the story of Zuzu Bailey as a middle-aged florist undergoing her own existential crisis, or Another Miracle on 34th Street, with Susan Walker all grown up and having forgotten she once believed in Kris Kringle,

DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

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DAF authorizes pass for COVID booster

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS)  -  As we enter cold and flu season, airmen and guardians are encouraged to get their COVID-19 vaccination booster as soon as possible. The virus continues to pose a risk to the health and welfare of service members, civilian employees and families. Airmen and guardians

Worldwide launch of new AFN Video-On-Demand App

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Worldwide launch of new AFN Video-On-Demand App

The American Forces Network, AFN, marked its 80th Anniversary this year with the launch of its new streaming service, AFN Now, on Nov. 7. The AFN Now app delivers top-rated AFN television programming to service members, families, and retirees living overseas, when and where they want it, on the devices

Free lifetime passes

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Free lifetime passes

WASHINGTON - The Biden-Harris administration announced Nov. 8 that starting on Veterans Day (Nov. 11), veterans of the U.S. Armed Services and Gold Star Families can obtain a free lifetime pass to more than 2,000 federal recreation sites spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands, including national

Helping military spouses start their own business

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Helping military spouses start their own business

Kimberlee Cavin, the owner of DuPont small business Pine and Moss, remembers the struggles to establish a business as a military spouse. Each month she hosts a Small Business Collective which supports small businesses without store fronts. "Prior to opening Pine and Moss, I was just another military spouse trying to

Explore the Chinese Reconciliation Park

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Explore the Chinese Reconciliation Park

Driving on the flyover from Schuster Parkway to Ruston Way you may have noticed a Chinese pavilion and park below the overpass. This lovely park is the Chinese Reconciliation Park. The sculptured landscape of this Chinese garden marks a dark time in Tacoma history. On Nov. 3, 1855 a large group

Veteran homelessness decreased by 11% in the last two years

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Veteran homelessness decreased by 11% in the last two years

VA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness announced preliminary results of the 2022 Point-in-Time (PIT) Count for Veterans, Nov. 1, 2022. The PIT Count is the annual effort to estimate the number of Americans, including veterans, without permanent housing. The data show

Baby on board?

Military Policy

Baby on board?

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force has developed several products designed to assist aircrew in making the most informed decisions about whether to fly during their pregnancy. In April 2022, the DAF issued a clarification of policies pertaining to aircrew during pregnancy. Since then, the Department recognized

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