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Chasing waterfalls

Outdoors

Chasing waterfalls

Spring is an invitation to chasing waterfalls here in Washington state. Washington is known for its unique forests and plunging waterfalls, so, you might as well get out there and chase some waterfalls. There are plenty that are not too far from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and most are easy

Play ball!

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Play ball!

The Tacoma Rainiers are continuing to "Play Ball" with military families by providing a new promotion that will allow more military families to enjoy a day (or night) at Cheney Stadium without breaking the bank. "We've always had the need to provide an enjoyable experience that can incorporate families and celebrate

Building a new stockade

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Building a new stockade

Tuesday morning's groundbreaking ceremony for a new Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) honored the past as it moves into the future. "This new facility will continue to contribute to the readiness of the force here at home and the readiness of the Army," said Lt.

H2F improves wellness of Thunderbolt soldiers

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H2F improves wellness of Thunderbolt soldiers

(Photo: Thunderbolt soldiers use their lunch time to take advantage of an H2F (Holistic Health and Fitness) combat mobility yoga session Feb. 26 at the 5th Battalion, 3rd Field Artillery headquarters. Yoga sessions are designed to improve overall mental wellness and increase core strength and mobility.) Since its launch in early

5th SFAB roars to life during Exercise Lethal Vanguard

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5th SFAB roars to life during Exercise Lethal Vanguard

(Photo: The 6th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade Intelligence Officer, Capt. Nathan Osuna, engages targets from a wall structure as part of a Known Distance range during Exercise Lethal Vanguard. Exercise Lethal Vanguard served as the first stage of an Advisor Marksmanship Program propelling Advisors beyond proficiency to weapon

Army launches enlisted assignment market for select career fields

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Army launches enlisted assignment market for select career fields

(Photo: Soldiers with 6th Squadron, 1st Cavalry Regiment, 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, test their M1A2 Abrams for the first time at Fort Bliss, Texas, Oct. 18, 2019. Filling units with talented soldiers is a goal the Assignment Satisfaction Key-Enlisted Marketplace pilot program that launches in June.) Armor,

License plate to honor female veterans

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License plate to honor female veterans

A new Washington state license plate designed to honor the state's female veterans has been proposed by State Senator Christine Rolfes (D-Bainbridge Island, 23rd District). Senate Bill 6433 is "an act relating to creating Washington state women veterans special license plates," reads the Senate Bill Report. Since Rolfes' election to the legislature

Health

Don’t suffer in silence

  Fighting depression and PTSD with drugs isn’t for everyone.  There are the side-effects which sometimes compound the problem, as well as marginal results for many.  Pharmaceuticals can come with both a financial cost and an emotional one as well. That is why many are turning to Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation or TMS.

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Cooking timesavers

Happy New Year to all! Of course I am assuming it will be. I’m writing this on New Year’s Eve while out of town and probably the only person in Tacoma not going to First Night. Large groups of non-drinking people scare me, so I avoid them by hiding in

Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon

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Jim Bob’s Chuck Wagon

ANNOUNCER: Sometimes a craving consumes you. You know, when you get an idea in your head and it won't go away? That's what happened this week to Dutch, he was hankering for some good ole' barbeque and Jim Bob's Chuck Wagon in Lacey seemed like just the place to fulfill

Grub Gossip

Features

Grub Gossip

My head is constantly spinning from the plethora of holidays that circulate around food and drink. Obviously, dining with loved ones is the ultimate way to celebrate so it's only natural that it's always some sort of season: barbeque season, the holiday season, Independence Day is loaded with loaded hot

March into theater

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March into theater

Local theaters offer up a smorgasbord in March, from world-class musicals and dramas to fairy tales and more, starting with Tacoma Arts Live's Disenchanted, a fairytale for the 21st century playing one night only, March 14 at the Pantages Theater. Snow White, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and other popular

Spark Tank 2020 voting continues this week

Jobs & Education

Spark Tank 2020 voting continues this week

(Photo: Senior Airman Brandon Dinh, 446th Maintenance Squadron electrical and environmental technician, demonstrates how to operate a battery cell extracting device to Maj. Gen. Randall Ogden, 4th Air Force commander, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in October. The innovative battery cell extractor, designed by members of the 446th MXS, is a

Skillbridge helps with life after military

Jobs & Education

Skillbridge helps with life after military

Skillbridge helps make the future less uncertain for service members separating from the military. The program is an opportunity for service members to gain valuable civilian work experience through specific industry training, apprenticeships, on-the-job training or internships during the last 180 days of service. Skillbridge connects service members with industry partners in

Becoming better

Health

Becoming better

Now that we've officially bid adieu to the holiday season and all of the glorious indulgences that accompany it, many may be looking for ways to reset with a sense of healthy, lasting purpose. For some, incorporating new wellness habits may seem a daunting task at first. Thankfully, Pacific Medical

Best Sapper competition to include all-female team

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Best Sapper competition to include all-female team

(Photo: Competitors in the 2019 Best Sapper Competition jump in the lake at Fort Leonard Wood’s Training Area 250 and swim across. Fifty teams are slated to compete in the 14th Best Sapper Competition to be held March 30 through April 1 at Fort Leonard Wood, Mo.) Fifty teams are slated

Auto Shop 101 helps spouses learn about repairs

Military Life

Auto Shop 101 helps spouses learn about repairs

Just popping the hood on a vehicle can be intimidating these days, even for those with a basic knowledge of mechanics. A small group of military spouses gathered Feb. 20 at Bryan's Automotive in Olympia to learn how to navigate the vehicle repair process and answer some key questions. Brittany Yamaguchi was

Washington State Patriotic Day

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Washington State Patriotic Day

(Photo: The 2020 Washington State Patriotic Day & Massing of the Colors was held in Tacoma at Stadium High School Saturday, Feb. 22.  This event provides an opportunity for community members, military members and more to show off their patriotism and to become better educated on the importance of the

Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

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Future soldiers may get improved helmet padding

Army researchers and industry partners recently published a study showing how they developed new materials and manufacturing methods to create higher performing helmet padding that reduces the likelihood of head injury in combat and recreational helmets. A team from the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and its

From military service to a civilian career

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From military service to a civilian career

Last year, the Army's Career Skills Programs helped 4,782 soldiers transition from military service into a civilian career, according to Installation Management Command officials. Army's CSP had a 96 percent employment placement rate in 2019, and has given troops a chance to master various skills needed for the civilian workforce since

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