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Balancing training and modernization

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Balancing training and modernization

The Blackhawk bumped down into Landing Zone Sparrow; moments later seven soldiers assigned to Bronco Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), stepped off and took prone positions as the bird lifted off. Before the grass and dust had settled, SFC Michael Perkins had

Army to switch all active-duty soldiers to semimonthly pay Oct. 1

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Army to switch all active-duty soldiers to semimonthly pay Oct. 1

WASHINGTON - In an effort to prepare soldiers to move to its new Integrated Pay and Personnel System - Army, the U.S. Army is mandating all soldiers on long-term active-duty orders be paid on a semimonthly schedule, starting Oct 1, 2022. The vast majority of the Army's soldiers on active-duty orders

AMC Commander signs directive that provides access to prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing health privacy

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AMC Commander signs directive that provides access to prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing health privacy

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - General Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, recently signed a directive that provides pregnant AMC airmen a streamlined process to access prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing the member's health privacy and safeguarding unit readiness. This change follows new efforts by the Department of

Four Ways transfer students can get college credits for prior experience

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Four Ways transfer students can get college credits for prior experience

Learning doesn't always happen within the confines of a classroom. Children develop numerous skills by listening, observing and practicing in their day-to-day lives. It's true for learning how to use new technologies, how to show respect for other people and even how to ride a bike. But children aren't the

JBLM soldier helps bring Team USA back to prominence

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JBLM soldier helps bring Team USA back to prominence

At local parks in Fairfax Virginia, Haley Roberson endured her own form of boot camp. Years before she joined the Army, her mother, Cassandra, put her through soccer hell on grassy fields every day after school. For three to four hours day, Haley practiced her juggling and passing under the Virginia sun.

Role in Pacific may grow

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Role in Pacific may grow

The National Guard is considering expanding its relationships with Indo-Pacific nations in the form of training programs, Defense One reported on its website last week. This could further Joint Base Lewis-McChord's mission of enhancing security and stability in the region.   The Guard has more than 90 training arrangements with nations

Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s beer & music festival

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Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s beer & music festival

TACOMA - As part of Tacoma Beer Week, Tacoma Arts Live returns with Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer & Music Festival this Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 8 p.m. The festival will pop up on Broadway between 9th & 11th in downtown Tacoma and features 35+ Pacific Northwest beers, ciders, and food vendors with live music. This

Board the 'Bullet Train'

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Board the 'Bullet Train'

As much as I loved the creative and blood-spattered action sequences in David Leitch's wildly entertaining action-comedy Bullet Train, and as much as I appreciated the star-power lead performance by Brad Pitt, as well as the fantastic ensemble work from the greatly talented cast, what dazzled me the most was

62nd Aerial Port Squadron gains new leader

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62nd Aerial Port Squadron gains new leader

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ayana Tuchscherer, right, commander of the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, assumes command from Lt. Col. Mike Perez, commander of the 62nd Maintenance Group, during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 21, 2022. The 62nd APS serves as

Children immerse themselves in 'God’s Wonder' at VBS

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Children immerse themselves in 'God’s Wonder' at VBS

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Vacation Bible School kicked off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 18. Children flocked to the chapels to attend the weeklong summer program, which taught them about God through exciting songs, games, skits, videos and activities. Over 190 children, ages four years old through the fifth grade, registered

New option for unvaccinated airmen, guardians

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New option for unvaccinated airmen, guardians

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) -  The Air Force will soon have the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine available after the U.S Food and Drug Administration authorized it for emergency use and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed it as another primary series option for adults ages 18 years and older. The

Meet 1-2 SBCT’s new commander

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Meet 1-2 SBCT’s new commander

The coffee cup with the Farmall tractor on the side reminded Col. Kwenton Kuhlman of his grandfather. "That was the tractor he had on his farm, and I recall growing up as a kid going down and helping," began 1st Brigade, 2nd SBCT's new commander. "It taught me to be humble;

Five reasons employers want to hire veterans

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Five reasons employers want to hire veterans

According to recent data, there are more than 17 million veterans in the United States. Many of them are working professionals. And while unemployment has previously been an issue among the veteran population, it has actually been declining in recent years. This is partially because of the strengthening economy, but

Metro Parks embraces the Pacific Northwest passion for pickleball

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Metro Parks embraces the Pacific Northwest passion for pickleball

On a bright sunny Friday, the Browns Point Playfield courts were filled. Two athletic youngsters faced off against a retiree and a man using a leg brace. In the far court, an octogenarian played a younger newbie. Laughter rang out, jokes flew over the net. It was pickleball time, and

3M creates trust to resolve hearing loss lawsuits

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3M creates trust to resolve hearing loss lawsuits

According to a July 26 article in Stars and Stripes, earplug manufacturer 3M has announced that it has earmarked more than $1 billion to resolve the more than 290,000 pending cases filed by veterans who claim the company's earplugs damaged their hearing. "We have great respect for the brave men and

New commander for the Washington State Guard

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New commander for the Washington State Guard

During state emergencies, the subject matter experts of the Washington State Guard provide critical support to first responders who safeguard lives and property. When the state Guard needed a new commander, the Military Department leadership knew Washington National Guard Lt. Col. (Ret.) Joseph Maassen was the right guy for the

'The Last Movie Stars'

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'The Last Movie Stars'

The first flickering images we see in the enthralling six-part HBO Max documentary series The Last Movie Stars are of Paul Newman as Butch Cassidy and Robert Redford as the Sundance Kid, riding across the lonely plains. We then hear the voice of actor Ethan Hawke, who directed this passion

AMC leadership sees firsthand America’s Airlift Wing capes

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AMC leadership sees firsthand America’s Airlift Wing capes

The Air Mobility Command leadership team visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 6-8, 2022, to be immersed in America's Airlift Wing's mission of executing global airlift. U.S. Air Force Gen. Mike Minihan, AMC commander, and Chief Master Sgt. Brian Kruzelnick, AMC command chief, engaged with Team McChord airmen, leadership and community leaders

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New Veterans Crisis Line phone number

WASHINGTON - Effective July 16, veterans have the option to Dial 988 then Press 1 to connect with caring, qualified responders for 24/7 crisis support.  In response to the National Suicide Hotline Designation Act designating the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, the Department of Veterans Affairs has made it more user

Program aims to prepare service members for military stressors

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Program aims to prepare service members for military stressors

Life in the military is no bed of roses, but the services are putting in place an innovative program designed to give service members new tools to handle the stress of military life. The program aims to help service members be physically and mentally ready to handle the challenges of military

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