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New name for ‘key spouses’

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New name for ‘key spouses’

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force announced the Key Spouse Program is changing to the Commander's Key Support Program, at the annual major command spouse conference, March 13-15.   The updated program expands opportunities for airmen, guardians, federal employees and family members to contribute to their units, allowing

Commissaries starting to ban single-use shopping bags

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Commissaries starting to ban single-use shopping bags

ORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. - Commissaries on Hawaii will no longer issue single-use shopping bags starting in April, as the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) follows local laws to reduce waste and protect the environment, the agency announced. In accordance with the state of Hawaii Ordinance 19-30 signed Dec. 15, 2019, disposable carryout

VA updates disability rating schedule for digestive system

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VA updates disability rating schedule for digestive system

VA announced March 19 an update to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) specifically pertaining to digestive conditions. The changes add or modify rating criteria for 55 medical conditions in the rating schedule that incorporate medical advancements for treating certain disabilities and modern medical knowledge to compensate veterans more

Three to enter JBLM hall of fame

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Three to enter JBLM hall of fame

In 2003, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) established the JBLM Hall of Fame, later dubbed the Lieutenant General Bill Harrison Service Award. This year, three more individuals will be inducted. The JBLM Hall of Fame Lt. Gen. Bill Harrison Service Award was created to honor civilians who have had a significant impact

Special-order uniforms provide accommodations

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Special-order uniforms provide accommodations

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) - Military uniforms are designed to accommodate most body types, but many individuals face difficulty finding a good fit based on unique proportions or even medical needs. The Air Force provides special-order - often used interchangeably with special-measurement which is the most common

Breaking barriers in the skies

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Breaking barriers in the skies

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - In the year of 1969 Summerville, South Carolina native, Willie Middleton, made the decision to join the U.S. Air Force scripting a unique narrative extending beyond the confines of the Vietnam War era. Middleton's dedication to mentorship, continued education, and entrepreneurship has forged the path for future

Save time and money

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Save time and money

FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. - Commissary CLICK2GO, the Defense Commissary Agency's (DeCA) online shopping and curbside pickup service, now accepts Electronic Benefits Transfer/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT/SNAP) payments online and in the app. "We're proud to now offer EBT/SNAP customers the ability to use their entitlement for online payment," said DeCA Director

Raptor Warrior Restaurant kicks off Army Meal Prep Program

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Raptor Warrior Restaurant kicks off Army Meal Prep Program

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Soldiers flood into the grab and go line at the Raptor Warrior Restaurant on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to snag a nutritious meal for lunch. The Army Meal Prep Program (AMPP) allows soldiers to grab two pre-portioned, well balanced, dietician approved meals a day to help with

LeMay - America's Car Museum set to unveil new immersive exhibit

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LeMay - America's Car Museum set to unveil new immersive exhibit

LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM) is gearing up to unveil its most immersive exhibit yet this week. Scheduled to debut Saturday, March 16, the exhibit titled "Shinka - An Immersive Japanese Automobile Exhibit," epitomizes the theme of evolution and progress, encapsulating the profound influence Japanese car manufacturers have had

Changes to reproductive health

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Changes to reproductive health

The Defense Department has amended its policy covering assisted reproductive technology services to expand access for severely ill and injured active duty service members. Under the amended policy, active duty service members with a qualifying illness or injury may now access this extended benefit regardless of their marital status, and they

ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

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ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

Over the course of this year, America's Credit Union (ACU) will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary with its members and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. "Through various celebratory events, support opportunities and member recognition, we'll be launching ‘70 Acts of Kindness' to commemorate our anniversary and demonstrate our continued commitment to

World War II pilot receives the Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael award

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World War II pilot receives the Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael award

Guard members from 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation took some time to honor World War II pilot Capt. Dick Nelms with the presentation of the Knight of the Honorable Order of Saint Michael award at the Washington Army National Guard Aviation Readiness Center, Joint Base Lewis-McChord on March, 3,

TMS with a purpose

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TMS with a purpose

A joke in high school led Kris Peterson to help others. "Some of my friends were interested in the military, and one day they put an application to West Point on my desk as a joke," began the native of Lakewood, WA. "I was not a military person, I was much

DAF publishes revised dress, personal appearance instruction

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DAF publishes revised dress, personal appearance instruction

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force republished its dress and personal appearance instruction to simplify, clarify and amplify many changes for airmen and guardians serving world-wide. The revised DAFI 36-2903, Dress and Personal Appearance of Department of the Air Force Personnel, incorporates policy changes from

JBLM kicks off 2024 AER campaign

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JBLM kicks off 2024 AER campaign

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Any soldier, regardless of rank or experience, could one day find themselves in an unexpected financial emergency. That was the message leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord conveyed during the Feb. 29 kickoff event to the 2024 Army Emergency Relief campaign. "Sometimes it happens, and it happens to

JBLM opens Heritage Room honoring military spouses

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JBLM opens Heritage Room honoring military spouses

The Team McChord community gathered March 1, 2024, to celebrate the grand opening of the McChord Heritage Room in Honor of Military Spouses at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This spouses space, pays homage to Joan Brown, the wife of U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. Donald Brown, former Wing Commander at the

Washington Guard team takes honors at Biathlon Championship

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Washington Guard team takes honors at Biathlon Championship

CAMP MURRAY - A Washington National Guard biathlon team scored its first Cascade Cup victory and posted individual accomplishments by Majors Josh Jorgenson and Brendan Thompson during the National Guard Bureau Biathlon Championship at Soldier Hollow, Utah, Feb. 18-24. "This was the best we had ever competed because we had enough

Learn about TRICARE pharmacy network changes for specialty drugs

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Learn about TRICARE pharmacy network changes for specialty drugs

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The TRICARE Pharmacy Program is improving how we manage specialty drugs. Starting March 1, Accredo will provide specialty drugs and enhanced clinical services if you fill TRICARE-defined specialty prescriptions with TRICARE Home Delivery. Accredo will also stay in the TRICARE network as an in-network retail pharmacy.   If

Service members get new benefit: Pet Travel Allowance

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Service members get new benefit: Pet Travel Allowance

As of Jan. 1, active-duty service members are now authorized to receive reimbursement for costs related to relocation of one household pet due to a permanent change of station move. The relocation expense for either one dog or one cat includes travel costs within the U.S. or overseas and any other

A day in Olympia: Exploring the capital city

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A day in Olympia: Exploring the capital city

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Olympia offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and natural beauty. As the capital of the state, Olympia boasts a rich heritage, stunning waterfront vistas, and a vibrant arts scene, making it an ideal destination for a day trip or weekend getaway. Morning:

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