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C-17s return to McChord

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C-17s return to McChord

McChord Field's C-17s have returned. Since the work began in March, the base's 10,100-foot runway has undergone a number of much needed improvements.  Its reopening was marked by a C-17 touching down at 10 a.m. this past Tuesday. Seventeen more aircraft landed throughout the day, bringing airmen and equipment back

Girl squad overnight in Port Angeles

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Girl squad overnight in Port Angeles

As moms and military spouses, it's extremely important that we are indulging in our own self-care -- including taking a break from the madness and enjoying good company. One of the best ways to de-stress is to spend quality time with other spouses, in a setting that is both exciting

Beat the heat with health!

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Beat the heat with health!

Summertime is almost upon us, and with that exciting seasonal change comes a host of amusing activities enjoyed by people of all ages. Whether living it up on the water or simply relaxing poolside, safety should be a paramount concern for individuals and families of all ages. Here, Pacific Medical Centers'

Turning love of fashion into a portable career

Military Life

Turning love of fashion into a portable career

Air Force Spouse Olivia Harrell, owner of Liv and Rory, has always loved fashion, but dreams of being a visual merchandiser or buyer for a retail store did not fit in with the frequent moves of military life. Like many military spouses, she found a solution by opening her own

Army making improvements to Family Readiness Groups

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Army making improvements to Family Readiness Groups

The Army recently made some of the most significant changes to Family Readiness Groups since their creation following the first Gulf War. The groups have been re-named "Soldier and Family Readiness Groups" or SFRGs. This designation links soldier readiness to the family, and clarifies the role of the SFRG to be more

Muscling up to compete

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Muscling up to compete

Bodybuilders are athletes who, through hard physical work and planned nutrition, chisel their bodies into works of art. In talking about his attitude about bodybuilding, noted bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, "You look at your body and it doesn't even seem to belong to you. It's like a sculpture." On Saturday, June

593rd ESC welcomes new commander

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593rd ESC welcomes new commander

The 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command welcomed a new commander to the Rest Assured team June 13. Brigadier Gen. James Moore relinquished command to Col. Timothy White during a ceremony on Watkins Field, Joint Base Lewis-McChord. White, a native of Spencer, Massachusetts, has served in the Army for 27 years and commanded

Changes in GI Bill transfer benefits for Guard members

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Changes in GI Bill transfer benefits for Guard members

Provisions allowing Guard members to transfer some or all of their Post- 9/11 GI Bill benefits to their spouse or children are set to change in less than 30 days, limiting the time frame soldiers and airmen can transfer those benefits. "You have to have a minimum of six years (in

DoD to develop Military Housing Bill of Rights

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DoD to develop Military Housing Bill of Rights

Development of a bill of rights for those living in privatized Defense Department housing is underway, and DoD is seeking the input of residents, the assistant defense secretary for sustainment announced in a memo. In the memo signed June 13, Robert H. McMahon invited residents of privatized family and unaccompanied housing

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Brit-Simone Sutter

Instead of pushing at the malls, the Weekly Volcano decided to hit the Tempest Lounge’s Trunk Show Saturday. Seven artists filled the Hilltop spot with jewelry as the flavor of the day. When, what to my wondering eyes should appear, but Brit-Simone Sutter, the marketing machine behind Vinosus Handmade.  As beautiful

Healthy foods add spice to life

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Healthy foods add spice to life

As part of its mission to deliver healthy food options to airmen and families across the Air Force, the Air Force Services Center, in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America San Antonio, held its first Techniques of Healthy Cooking class June 3-7 focusing on nonappropriated fund food and beverage

100 Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze missions

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100 Antarctic Operation Deep Freeze missions

After a record 100 C-17 Globemaster III Operation Deep Freeze missions to the Antarctic, one Reserve citizen airman finally saw a penguin Feb. 4. Chief Master Sgt. James Masura Jr., 304th Expeditionary Air Squadron loadmaster who served his entire career with the 446th Airlift Wing, began supporting Operation Deep Freeze missions

Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

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Endless beaches, foodie heaven and eclectic shops

Sometimes you just need a getaway from your daily routine, and planning a trip with your best gal pals is a perfect break with no one else to worry about or pack for. The Long Beach Peninsula with its miles of beaches and its cute little hamlets is a great

Military comedy show wants you … to laugh

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Military comedy show wants you … to laugh

Some might say that serving in the military is no laughing matter. Jennifer McMillen -- a former seaman in the U.S. Navy and an Army wife -- aims to prove them wrong. McMillen of Yelm is producing Red, White & You, a comedy show by and about people who've lived the

Post Exchange provides more than just good deals

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Post Exchange provides more than just good deals

In 2018, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Exchange generated more than four million dollars for quality of life programs on JBLM. These programs include child development centers, fitness centers, outdoor recreation programs, and "... other community programs that make life better for those who serve at Joint Base Lewis-McChord ...

Healing nature, healing themselves

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Healing nature, healing themselves

The Veterans Conservation Corps, housed under the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, is a state-financed program that assists veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan tackle two major challenges of civilian life: finding employment and coping with psychological battle scars. With numerous available internships for veterans throughout the year, the Veterans

Longer deployments next year

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Longer deployments next year

More soldiers will be forward deployed longer in the Indo-Pacific region next year, as part of a new Pacific Pathways effort to allow units to build stronger partnerships and readiness. Called Pacific Pathways 2.0, the program will place units in partner nations for up to six months at a time, much

Eccentricity is Bliss

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Eccentricity is Bliss

A bit of farce and a bit comedy of manners, Noël Coward's Hay Fever seems as fresh and saucy on stage at Tacoma Little Theatre as it must have when it premiered almost a hundred years ago -- thanks to terrific directing by Rick Hornor and an amazing cast headed

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

One of the neatest events came through our inbox, one for the history nerds and foodie lovers: See, smell and TASTE history at Fort Nisqually's Plough to Plate. Fort Nisqually Living History Museum is serving up a unique celebration of 19th-century recipes, ingredients and cooking techniques Saturday, June 15, from 11

Wicked Pies Pizzeria

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Wicked Pies Pizzeria

ANNOUNCER: On the hunt for some good, hand-tossed New York-style pizza in the South Sound can be a challenge. But it is a challenge both Dutch and Jackie are willing to take for the masses, and find themselves in Olympia this week at Wicked Pies Pizzeria. JACKIE: Any time I walk

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