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Reserve component launches direct commission program

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Reserve component launches direct commission program

The Department of the Air Force has announced that the Air Reserve component has initiated a direct commission and constructive service credit program memo for people interested in serving in the cyber security and cyberspace warfare operations career fields. Brig. Gen. Terrence Adams, deputy principal cyber advisor to the

Face challenges effectively with non-medical counseling for youth

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Face challenges effectively with non-medical counseling for youth

Sometimes life can be challenging for children and teens. Military youth may experience stress from long separations from parents, celebrating holidays and milestones away from loved ones, frequent moves and changing schools. In addition, tragic events in the news, difficult situations with peers or general frustrations with growing up can

Mindset is everything

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Mindset is everything

Over 30 years ago, a non-commissioned officer took an interest in then Pvt. Shawn Carns. It's a lesson he has not forgotten. "He is the NCO who made me the soldier that has allowed me to get to where I am right now," began now I Corps' Command Sergeant Major Carns,

Bill could help spouses keep govt. jobs

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Bill could help spouses keep govt. jobs

Numerous military spouses are compelled to resign from their federal positions due to their partners' transfers, resulting in the loss of benefits accumulated over years of continuous service. In an effort to support those facing such challenges, Emmalee Gruesen, a military spouse employed as a program analyst with the Navy,

Best Thanksgiving family traditions to start

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Best Thanksgiving family traditions to start

As families gather around the table to celebrate Thanksgiving, the focus often extends beyond the delicious turkey and pumpkin pie to the cherished traditions that make the holiday memorable. Establishing family traditions not only strengthens bonds but creates a sense of continuity and warmth. Here are some of the best

Team McChord volunteers support ‘Partnership in Education’

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Team McChord volunteers support ‘Partnership in Education’

Team McChord service members can now participate in a volunteer program enhancing community outreach efforts at Carter Lake Elementary School through the Partnership in Education, or PIE, program. Members can volunteer as groups or individuals to read to students or assist teachers with recess and lunchtime duties throughout the school year

NCA doubles number of veteran pages in VLM

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NCA doubles number of veteran pages in VLM

This November for Veterans Month, the National Cemetery Administration is embarking on the largest expansion of the number of veterans' pages for its award-winning website, the Veterans Legacy Memorial, since its inception in May 2019. By adding nearly 5 million pages of veterans interred in private and other non-VA cemeteries

Holiday events near JBLM

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Holiday events near JBLM

Now that we are full on into the holiday season, we have put together a list of holiday events in the South Sound regions. Enjoy. Through Jan. 15 Oly on Ice, days and times vary. A local tradition and favorite, this year join in on the fun at this local outdoor skating rink.

DAF expanding childcare subletting app

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DAF expanding childcare subletting app

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO-LACKLAND, Texas - An app that makes it easier to sublet short-term childcare slots will soon be available at all Department of the Air Force-run child development centers. Now available at 24 installations, Kinderspot helps Department of Defense families on Air and Space Force bases offer or find weeklong

Veteran loses 140 pounds with VA TeleMOVE! program

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Veteran loses 140 pounds with VA TeleMOVE! program

Many veterans are working to improve their health and well-being. For those wanting to make healthy lifestyle changes, VA's TeleMOVE! program is ready to help veterans manage their weight, eat wisely and be more physically active. TeleMOVE! care coordinators partner with veterans to create personalized, monitored health and weight management

Join us for a FREE Salute to Military Holiday Party

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Join us for a FREE Salute to Military Holiday Party

Join Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff, Barbie and Ken for a FREE Salute to Military Holiday Party, presented by Northwest Military at Capital Mall in Olympia. This day will be all about honoring military families and their sacrifice while having a merry time. The party will take place on Saturday, Nov.

JBLM Warrior Restaurant prepares for Army food service competition

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JBLM Warrior Restaurant prepares for Army food service competition

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Competition looms as the soldiers of the 564th Field Feeding Company, 593rd Expeditionary Sustainment Command prepare for the 56th Phillip A. Connelly Food Service Competition at Courage Inn Warrior Restaurant, here. According to organizers, the competition's purpose is to recognize excellence within the Army food service program

Visit the wonders of natural wildlife

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Visit the wonders of natural wildlife

The Billy Frank Jr. Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge, located off of I-5's Exit 114, is a living testament to Billy Frank Jr.'s dedication to nature and culture. Established in 1974, it serves as a crucial habitat for various bird species, including the bald eagle, peregrine falcon, and great blue heron. The

Marching to a unique beat: the versatile 42R

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Marching to a unique beat: the versatile 42R

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - When picturing the U.S. Army, the first image that comes to mind usually is not soldiers mesmerizing crowds with the sweet razzle-dazzle of tubas, drums, or trumpets, but that's exactly what the proud members of the 56th Army Band do as 42 Romeos (42R).

2023 Veterans Day retail discounts, free meals and other offers

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2023 Veterans Day retail discounts, free meals and other offers

Veterans Day 2023 is Saturday, Nov. 11. These Veterans Day and year-round discounts, free meals and other programs are being shared so that veterans, their families, caregivers and survivors are aware of all resources available to them. Offers are subject to change and may not be available in all locations. Verify

‘Once I learned how to accept my fate, it was amazing what I learned I could do.’

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‘Once I learned how to accept my fate, it was amazing what I learned I could do.’

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Army Sgt. Sergio Calderon Diaz looks back at his 17 years in the Washington State National Guard, knowing he made the right decision to join. "It just happened. I wasn't sure I would like the military, so I picked the guard. I started with a three-year

Physical therapy specialist’s thirst for improvement helps others heal

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Physical therapy specialist’s thirst for improvement helps others heal

WASHINGTON - Each day Spc. Joelle Pamplona, a physical therapy specialist, heads into the Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord to help veterans, soldiers and their families heal. Being able to make a difference in their recovery is what drives him. "It's the reason I picked this job," he said.

Best and worst cities for military

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Best and worst cities for military

Current veterans and those looking at leaving the services soon may want to browse a new list by WalletHub detailing the best and worst cities for veterans to reside. WalletHub's scrutiny delved into a matrix of 19 metrics spanning four critical domains: employment, economy, quality of life and health. This examination,

Santa’s Castle at JBLM ready to spread holiday cheer

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Santa’s Castle at JBLM ready to spread holiday cheer

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas at Santa's Castle on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Located near the Clarkmoor Child Development Center on Lewis Main, the building's candy cane decorated columns are a true indicator of the magic happening inside. Through the generosity of donors and volunteers,

Gain a new prospective on your health by focusing on gut

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Gain a new prospective on your health by focusing on gut

With work trips that throw off regular eating habits and deployments with food-source limitations, it may be challenging for military personnel to maintain a normal diet. The Health Promotions Team with the 62d Medical Squadron noticed the roadblocks to thriving gut health and wanted to make a difference. "We decided to

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