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DOD issues Exceptional Family Member Program policy

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DOD issues Exceptional Family Member Program policy

The Defense Department has issued its own Exceptional Family Member Program, a move that ensures consistency across the services for military families with special needs.  "Service members can't focus on the mission when they have concerns about a family member's health or education needs," said Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr., undersecretary of

JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo July 15-16

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JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo July 15-16

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The JBLM Airshow & Warrior Expo is July 15-16 at McChord Field. The airshow is free and open to the public, and features the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds. The airshow theme is "Warriors Wanted: Explore Your Destiny." Here is key information about the airshow: General Information, visit www.jblmairshow.com Parking Plan,

Appealing your health care decisions

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Appealing your health care decisions

As a veteran, you deserve the best health care possible. But you may not always agree with decisions we make about your medical care or whether you are eligible for some types of care. If you disagree with a decision we made, you can appeal it. Here's how. First, a word about

Degree program provides soldiers opportunities in medical fields

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Degree program provides soldiers opportunities in medical fields

WASHINGTON - The Uniformed Service University's Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program class of 2023 recently graduated and commissioned 25 enlisted service members who completed the first phase of a career in the medical field. The EMDP2 is a unique program that the Bethesda, Maryland school offers to enlisted service members,

Discover the beaches of the South Sound

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Discover the beaches of the South Sound

The South Sound region in the Pacific Northwest is home to an array of stunning beaches, each offering its own unique charm and family-friendly activities. From sandy shores perfect for building sandcastles to captivating tide pools teeming with marine life, South Sound beaches provide endless opportunities for unforgettable family fun.

DAF releases Women, Peace, Security Strategic Action Plan

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DAF releases Women, Peace, Security Strategic Action Plan

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force recently released its Women, Peace, and Security, or WPS, Strategic Action Plan to operationalize WPS concepts across the Air and Space Forces. WPS is a policy framework that acknowledges the critical roles women play in international peace and

VA hospitals receive top grades

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VA hospitals receive top grades

WASHINGTON - According to Medicare's latest nationwide survey of patients, VA hospitals outperformed non-VA hospitals on all 10 core patient satisfaction metrics - including overall hospital rating, communication with doctors, communication about medication, willingness to recommend the hospital, and more. As a part of the survey, Medicare awards star ratings from

Money for PCS pet expenses

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Money for PCS pet expenses

The Department of Defense announced June 21 that it has approved a new policy to cover pet travel expenses, like pet shipping or quarantine fees, incurred by service members during a Permanent Change of Station (PCS). As of Jan. 1, 2024, military service members going through a PCS within the continental

AFSBn Lewis-McChord attaining more VPP OSHA ‘Stars’ for safety program

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AFSBn Lewis-McChord attaining more VPP OSHA ‘Stars’ for safety program

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Voluntary Protection Program is an initiative created by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that encourages private industry and federal agencies to prevent workplace injuries and illnesses through effective safety and health management systems. Since beginning its VPP journey in 2009, the Army Field Support Battalion

DOD plans return to 'Defense Travel System'

Military Policy

DOD plans return to 'Defense Travel System'

In a memorandum released last month, the Defense Department announced that previous directions to begin using the new MyTravel system have been repealed, and agencies should instead return to using the existing Defense Travel System.?  "DOD organizations currently using MyTravel are no longer required to use the system," wrote Gilbert R.

SecAF reading list: Understanding our pacing challenge

Military Policy

SecAF reading list: Understanding our pacing challenge

Airmen and Guardians, As we enter a new era of great power competition, it is crucial that we improve our understanding of our pacing challenge — the People's Republic of China (PRC). To that end, I am publishing a reading list to provide suggested works intended to enhance our knowledge of

Summer fun in Lacey

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Summer fun in Lacey

Lacey in Tune returns to Huntamer Park this summer with a full lineup of great entertainment. For over 26 years Lacey Parks, Culture and Recreation has been providing free summer entertainment for the local community. Their summer programs strike just the right note with Lacey in Tune programs, comprised of music,

Army’s new tape test

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Army’s new tape test

The United States Army has announced the phase out of the neck and hip tape test by mid 2024, a long-standing method used to measure body fat percentage in soldiers, according to Military Times. This move signifies a significant shift in the military's approach to physical fitness and its commitment

Washington National Guardsman makes All-Army soccer team

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Washington National Guardsman makes All-Army soccer team

CAMP MURRAY - Since childhood, being on the soccer field has always come naturally for Cpl. Matthew Solis. His natural talent has made him one of the most elite soccer players in the U.S. Army, as he suits up for the All-Army soccer team. "I have been playing for as long

New 'military' series coming

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New 'military' series coming

Paramount+ has unveiled the premiere date and debut trailer for its thrilling espionage series, Special Ops: Lioness. In this high-stakes drama, Zoe Saldaña takes the lead as she spearheads a mission for the CIA's war on terror, only to face unexpected challenges behind enemy lines. The trailer introduces Morgan Freeman as

Plan a trip to Cannon Beach

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Plan a trip to Cannon Beach

When it comes to picturesque coastal getaways, Cannon Beach is a destination that easily captures the hearts of visitors. Located on the stunning Oregon Coast, this charming seaside town offers a combination of natural beauty, artistic flair, and a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for a memorable vacation. Whether you

Madigan opens new baby unit

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Madigan opens new baby unit

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Madigan Army Medical Center has been in its current location on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, since 1992. In the three decades since its opening, the Maternal Child Health - commonly referred to as the Mother/Baby Unit - has welcomed a lot of Army

Team McChord pilots Joint Professional Military Education Exchange Program with sister services

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Team McChord pilots Joint Professional Military Education Exchange Program with sister services

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Professional military education is not a new concept to those who serve. With its location, joint mission, and availability of sister services' PMEs, Joint Base Lewis-McChord serves as an impeccable installation to initiate and foster a PME partnership. In October 2021, the 62nd Airlift Wing partnered with

5.2% troop pay raise?

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5.2% troop pay raise?

The proposal for a 5.2% pay raise for troops in 2024 has garnered widespread support in Congress, according to press reports. This development comes as a sigh of relief for military personnel, who have long awaited a substantial pay raise to address high inflation. The Biden Administration requested the pay raise, and

Donated wagon brings joy to Fisher House family

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Donated wagon brings joy to Fisher House family

Military families make countless sacrifices for their country and often face incredible challenges, especially when a loved one is hospitalized. That's where organizations like the Fisher House Foundation come in, providing a home away from home during difficult times. As a credit union dedicated to serving military families, America's Credit Union

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