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McChord airman trying for Team USA Bobsled

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McChord airman trying for Team USA Bobsled

HURLBURT FIELD, Fla. - For the first time, two Special Tactics airmen assigned to the 24th Special Operations Wing competed together in a major competition for Team USA Bobsledding Nov. 28 and 29 at Park City, Utah. U.S. Air Force Special Tactics officer Maj. Chris Walsh and Staff Sgt. Matt Beach,

Why soldiers stay or leave

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Why soldiers stay or leave

WASHINGTON - Over 50,000 soldiers responded to the first-ever Department of the Army Career Engagement Survey or DACES, during its first year of collection, Army officials recently announced. DACES is an important retention tool, allowing active-duty soldiers to share their thoughts about continued military service to Army senior leaders.  The customized

Army families deliver feedback on initiatives with VCSA's spouse, Quality of Life Task Force leadership

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Army families deliver feedback on initiatives with VCSA's spouse, Quality of Life Task Force leadership

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The U.S. Army prioritizes its people and is thereby committed to improving the quality of life for soldiers and their family members. In support of this effort Leann Martin, the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army's spouse, and Dee Geise, Quality of Life Task Force

Program teams Army veterinarians, veterinary hospital

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Program teams Army veterinarians, veterinary hospital

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - U.S. Army veterinarians from the installation became the first in the service to participate in a new military-civilian partnership with BluePearl Management, LLC. Soldiers from the 218th Medical Detachment (Veterinary Service Support) signed-on to take part in the mentorship program with the veterinary specialty hospital network, to

DOD looks at ways to improve child care access

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DOD looks at ways to improve child care access

During the COVID-19 pandemic, the challenges faced by service members and their families in getting child care demonstrated just how important child care is to the military mission. And now the department is working hard to find new ways to ensure that those who need child care can get it, the

Military families: How you can advocate for your child with special needs

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Military families: How you can advocate for your child with special needs

All parents advocate - speak on behalf of their child - for their child's needs to teachers, doctors and others so their child can grow up happy and successful. Advocacy can include learning laws, finding resources and even representing your child to special program administrators, school boards and others. When you

Giving kids protection against COVID

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Giving kids protection against COVID

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Some entered the clinic bursting with enthusiasm, while some were a bit more apprehensive about getting a shot. But, all the kids and families that joined in on the vaccination event that the Department of Pediatrics at Madigan Army Medical Center on

Living overseas on military pay: What to expect

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Living overseas on military pay: What to expect

Overseas or OCONUS PCS orders can be exciting, especially if you've never been outside of the CONUS. The military can help you with the added costs of an international move and living expenses abroad. Here are tips for finding free military moving services, getting OCONUS allowances and budgeting for daily living

AFRS challenging airmen to design paint scheme for next Air Force-sponsored NASCAR

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AFRS challenging airmen to design paint scheme for next Air Force-sponsored NASCAR

In a bit of a twist, Air Force Recruiting Service is asking airmen to put on their creative hats to take a spin at designing the Air Force-themed paint scheme of the No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports Chevrolet for the 2022 NASCAR season. Airmen who think they have the talent to

Holiday happenings in Thurston County

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Holiday happenings in Thurston County

If you're looking for festive activities, holiday happenings, or great shopping ideas, Experience Olympia & Beyond has you covered. Their 2021 Holiday Shopping and Activity Guide is filled with ways to celebrate the season in Thurston County. Be sure to check out the full 2021 Holiday Shopping and Activity Guide

Defense Department announces cost of living increase to retired pay

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Defense Department announces cost of living increase to retired pay

On Nov. 19, the Department of Defense announced annual cost of living adjustments that will benefit military retirees and survivors during calendar year 2022. Most military retirees will receive a 5.9 percent increase to their retired pay beginning with the pay they receive on Jan. 1, 2022, which is the largest

DFAS launches new kind of myPay account for military gray-area retirees

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DFAS launches new kind of myPay account for military gray-area retirees

CLEVELAND, Ohio - A new kind of myPay account is now available from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service for Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve "gray-area retirees" awaiting age 60 to receive retired pay. The new type of account was created to help these individuals stay connected and informed

A holistic fitness program: H2F is more than just push-ups

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A holistic fitness program: H2F is more than just push-ups

Holistic health is characterized by a comprehension of the parts of one's well-being as being interconnected and explained only by reference to one's whole body. With regard to the continuing efforts to move forward with its Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) program, in Army-speak this means that a soldier's health includes

Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

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Smoking rates steadily trend down among veterans receiving VA care

WASHINGTON - In conjunction with the Great American Smokeout observed Nov. 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs is encouraging veterans to talk to their health care providers about smoking cessation programs to help them quit, as cigarette use continues to decline nationwide. The 2020 Survey of Veteran Enrollees' Health and Use

Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

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Soldiers remove more than 139 tons of trash from JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Over 1,000 service members worked tirelessly during the annual Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fall Clean-up from Nov. 1 to 5 to remove trash from 11 training areas on base as well as the main cantonment areas. While the obvious purpose of the spring and fall cleanups are to improve the appearance of JBLM, there's a more

Tips for caregivers: How to take care of yourself and avoid burnout

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Tips for caregivers: How to take care of yourself and avoid burnout

Caring for a recovering service member can be hard. It can take on an added level of difficulty and stress when, as is often the case, that person is a friend, family member or loved one. Without time to recharge, burnout is a very real risk. That's why it's so important

Local ways to celebrate the holidays

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Local ways to celebrate the holidays

It's the most wonderful time of the year and we're here to fill you in on additional opportunities to deck your calendars full this holiday season. Here are local holiday happenings in the communities surrounding JBLM.  Sunday, Nov. 28 Olympia Downtown holiday celebrations kick off with LoveOly Winter Fest in downtown from

Holiday season arrives at McChord with annual Operation Turkey Drop

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Holiday season arrives at McChord with annual Operation Turkey Drop

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - It's the beginning of the holiday season, which once again means it's time for Operation Turkey Drop. Every year, members of the Air Force Association (AFA) McChord Field Chapter and the Pierce Military and Business Alliance (PMBA) donate hundreds of turkeys to Team McChord airmen and their

Kick off the giving

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Kick off the giving

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The holiday season brings out a natural human instinct to share, to wrap those who are cold in the warmth of kindness and bring light to the darkness. At Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the command team is leading the

‘Thunderbolt’ Brigade merges HIRAINS into Rainier War exercise

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‘Thunderbolt’ Brigade merges HIRAINS into Rainier War exercise

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Two M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) platoons from 17th Field Artillery Brigade had the opportunity to train alongside air crews with the 62nd Airlift Wing during Rainier War, at both Yakima, Washington, and Dugway Proving Grounds, Utah from Nov. 6-9. Rainier War is an Air

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