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She's your online Mama

Would you be able to come up with 365 positive things to say about Tacoma? That’s precisely what Tacoma resident Jennifer B., aka Tacoma Mama, did. Following the fatal shooting of a student at Foss High School last January, Jennifer B. was tired of all the negativity surrounding Tacoma. “I

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Zowie Aleshire

Oversized coats and fur-lined boots walk the streets of Tacoma. In these cold winter months, one’s unique style is often forgotten, lost under the layers of fleece and down. The quest for individuality through fashion becomes increasingly difficult without freezing to death. But student Zowie Aleshire manages to pull it

Your kids can have cake and eat it too!

Family

Your kids can have cake and eat it too!

We know that kids often spend long hours deciding the theme of their party and the cake is often the centerpiece of the party. We also know sometimes the plans are to visit the local grocery store or bake yourself. We've compiled a list of local bakeries to order the perfect

PTSD and heart disease

Health

PTSD and heart disease

The majority of previous studies on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) have focused on male populations. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event; IHD is a term given to heart problems caused by

‘Historic opportunity’

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‘Historic opportunity’

WASHINGTON - The House and Senate are making coordinated efforts to help veterans suffering from illnesses believed to be caused by toxic exposure during overseas deployments. Lawmakers have introduced two dozen bills this congressional session to address the difficulty these veterans face in securing benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs.

A first since COVID

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A first since COVID

Exercise Nexus Dawn kicked off April 26, 2021, at Travis Air Force Base, March Air Reserve Base, and in the skies above and between the California installations. Reserve citizen airmen from the 349th Air Mobility Wing at Travis and the 446th Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, deployed to March over

Children’s Museum opens

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Children’s Museum opens

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Children's Museum at Joint Base Lewis-McChord opened its doors to the JBLM community during a ribbon cutting ceremony April 24. Located next to the JBLM splash park, skate park and bowling alley, the Children's Museum at JBLM is the first of its kind on a military installation. "We're honored to be here today to open the first-of-its-kind children's

An ode to our favorite Trader Joe’s products

Military Life

An ode to our favorite Trader Joe’s products

If you're not already a die-hard Trader Joe's fan, we can assure you after you try the items on this list you will be. When you hear Trader Joe's your mind might wander to the ‘Two Buck Chuck' wine that is wildly popular for being a wine sold for just

Korean War-era energy system changing

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Korean War-era energy system changing

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The energy program on Joint Base Lewis-McChord leads in taking energy action for sustainable working and living conditions. One project that exhibits this drive is the decentralization of heating plants for the Korean War-era "hammerhead" barracks situated east of Gray Army Airfield on Lewis Main, commonly referred to as

Service with humility

Focus

Service with humility

After an unfortunate turn of events, a respected Washington National Guard soldier had been jailed. While the soldier awaited his court appearance, the state's Adjutant General took the time to visit and talk to him. He told the soldier that he was accountable for his actions, but more importantly he

Two jobs, one community

Jobs & Education

Two jobs, one community

Maj. Ashley Coffey, a senior human resource officer with the 56th Theater Information Operations Group, Washington Army National Guard, intelligently and seamlessly blends her military responsibilities with her civilian job as a program manager with Amazon's Global Military Affairs team. "I'm lucky enough to be able to serve the military community

COVID compounding depression, trauma

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COVID compounding depression, trauma

As the global COVID-19 pandemic lessens, mental health care professionals are now concerned with confronting post-COVID stress disorder. To understand the connection between the psychological impact of COVID-19 and PTSD, an Italian survey (the COVID-19-PTSD questionnaire) was created to study this connection. "These results are relevant from a clinical point of view

A most resilient soldier

Military Life

A most resilient soldier

In facing numerous challenges in life, Spc. Isamar Hansen, 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, personifies resilience. "There have been a lot of challenges in my life," she stated in an email. Born and raised in Venezuela, she came to America as an International student to learn English at North Seattle Community College. While

More changes at JBLM

News Front

More changes at JBLM

Several hot button topics made it to the forefront of Tuesday's scheduled virtual townhall meeting via Facebook. I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander, Lt. Gen. Randy George briefed online watchers regarding not only COVID-related impacts, but also base housing concerns, and the opening of the new Children's Museum on Lewis-Main. "I

Earning her tab

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Earning her tab

In thinking back on becoming the 32nd female soldier to earn a Ranger tab, 1Lt. Brittany Taylor neatly articulated the progress of history. "I do not think I have made history, but continued history," she wrote in an email.  "I am forever grateful for all of the trailblazing women who have

Chill drills at your fingertips

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Chill drills at your fingertips

Sometimes the best way to move forward is to pause for a moment to refresh and recharge. Chill Drills by Military OneSource allows you to do that by lowering your stress level wherever you are, whenever you need. Chill Drills is a collection of simple audio mindfulness exercises to relax the

446th Mission Support Group welcomes new commander

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446th Mission Support Group welcomes new commander

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Col. Sherard Dorroh assumed command of the 446th Mission Support Group here on April 11. "I'm just very excited and looking forward to the challenge and doing whatever I can to make it better for our airmen," Dorroh said. Before assuming command of the 446th

Combat readiness weakened after decades of conflict

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Combat readiness weakened after decades of conflict

Two decades of conflicts have degraded the military's ability to fight in the air and at sea while ground forces have experienced a boost in their ability to carry out missions, a government watchdog agency report said. The Navy was especially hard hit, seeing declines in availability of resources and ship

Explore Camano island

Outdoors

Explore Camano island

If you're looking for a weekend getaway, especially if you're an outdoor enthusiast, look no further than Camano Island. Located a two hour drive from JBLM, it's possible to do a day trip, but, if able, it's best to plan a night or weekend getaway to ensure you can explore

New vaccine appointment tool

Health

New vaccine appointment tool

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — When it's your turn to get the COVID-19 vaccine, you may be able to book an appointment at a military hospital, clinic, or vaccination site with the new Defense Health Agency Appointing Portal (DAP). Read more about this convenient new vaccine scheduling tool from the Defense

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