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JBLM recognizes volunteers

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JBLM recognizes volunteers

Over 70 volunteers were recognized for their continuing contribution to Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) and the surrounding communities at the 2019 Volunteer Recognition Luncheon at the American Lake Conference Center May 30. Each year, the JBLM Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness asks the community to nominate volunteers who not only

Vet to vet

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Vet to vet

Many veterans have a need for support services, including peer-to-peer interaction and connections. Some veterans need to talk about their experiences with combat, deployment, or other situations experienced during their time in the military. Often, there is no better person to talk about these experiences with, than another veteran. This is exactly

 Training from home

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Training from home

Soon Soldiers worldwide could have a wealth of training options at their home station or armory -- on a virtual platform. The Army recently conducted user assessments of its "One World Terrain" technology, a key component of the Synthetic Training Environment that will allow soldiers to train virtually in 3-D on

From Army sergeant to professional scouter

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From Army sergeant to professional scouter

When former Army sergeant Steven Shumaker was injured during a helicopter crash in 2003, he did not foresee leaving the military. He loved being a Blackhawk Crew Chief. It's what he knew how to do. He did it well. Nine years later, as he "dealt" with the lingering injuries, putting on

Evaluation Boards

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Evaluation Boards

More deserving soldiers will be promoted sooner and fewer school seats should go vacant under the Army's new Enlisted Centralized Promotion Board process, said Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey. Dailey took part in a Facebook Live session last week with Sgt. Maj. Mark Clark of the G-1 Directorate of

Expression in glass and paint

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Expression in glass and paint

Oliver Dorris is kind of a big deal in Tacoma -- gallery owner, glass artist, popular DJ, and two-time Foundation of Art nominee (one-time winner). A selection of his glass works from two distinct series are now on display at Minka. One series is his popular and quirky baby head

Wake for Warriors returns

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Wake for Warriors returns

This summer, Wake for Warriors returns for the second year to lakes around the South Sound, providing recreation and bonding for veterans and their families. Brought to this area in May 2018 by Army veteran Terry Knight, Wake for Warriors exists to provide -- through wakeboarding -- an opportunity for

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Sleep is overrated

Holy crap, this winter wonderland has been busy with all kinds of action, so let me just jump right in. The Supersuckers are the best rock and roll band ever Wednesday night I grabbed Suzy Stump, and we happily hopped on the barstools at the Red Hot for some brews and the

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Lakewood comes alive

A few years ago I looked around and said, “There is no live music in Lakewood!” It was strictly a DJ, karaoke and jukebox town (unless you count the mariachi band that frequently appears at Mazatlan restaurant), which is sad given the thriving music scene that existed in the late

Cactus

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Cactus

ANNOUNCER: As Tacoma's charming Proctor District continues to evolve, Jackie and Dutch are lured once again to dine at a newly opened establishment. Cactus, Seattle-born chain, boast Tex-Mex-styled cuisine. JACKIE: This spot is bustling with activity! Although, due to some creative design choices, even at full capacity Cactus manages to feel

Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

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Niclas Olson is a phenomenon

Niclas Olson is the founder and Artistic Director of New Muses Theatre Company in Tacoma. He adapts the primarily classic plays the company produces, and more often than not directs their productions and performs in the leading role. Plus, he does light design and other technical work for New Muses

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

You sometimes discover good eatin' in the unlikeliest of places. I was cocktailing at the Old Cheers West, circa 2003 or so. The place was cave-like dark and smoke-filled (remember when you could smoke in restaurants still?) with music thumping and average joes and scantily clad 20-somethings bumping and writhing

Airmen summer safety

Military Life

Airmen summer safety

While June 21 is the official beginning of summer, Memorial Day weekend acts as the unofficial kickoff to the summer season for many Air Force families. The weather is in that sweet spot between not too hot, and not too cold. Many families enjoyed an extended weekend together. Friends gathered

Cargo City officially opens

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Cargo City officially opens

A ribbon-cutting ceremony to signify the official opening of Cargo City, located next to an aircraft parking ramp at Kuwait International Airport, marked a historic occasion May 19. The opening of Cargo City successfully closes the United States Air Force and Coalition Abdullah Al-Mubarak Air Base gateway after over 20 years

State lawmakers help military

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State lawmakers help military

HB 1137 - National Guard pay/wildland fires: Modifies pay for National Guard members in active state service. Directs the adjutant general to establish a pay scale for National Guard wildfire response, which takes into account experience and responsibility ESHB 1138 - Tenancy termination/military: Amends provisions in the Residential Landlord Tenant Act

Fairbanks, Alaska

Travel

Fairbanks, Alaska

The land of the midnight sun is much closer than you might expect. Flights on Alaska Airlines from Seattle are a less than a four-hour nonstop flight. Heading out on an early morning flight can have you exploring by 9:30 a.m., giving you a full day on your trip. Fairbanks

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing

Military Life

Sniffling, sneezing, coughing

April showers bring May flowers. The sing-song reminder rings true as dazzling blooms begin to sprout, blanketing the ground in hues of every color. For some, this is a time of suffering as allergies begin to piggy-back off the aesthetic beauty offered by the flourishing plant life. Don't fret --

Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

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Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarships awarded

On May 22, the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship Fund presented $27,000 in scholarships to deserving family members of soldiers, retirees, and Gold Star Families living within a 50-mile radius of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This year, 19 high school students, four university recipients and three Army spouses were awarded

Ballet scholarships for military youth

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Ballet scholarships for military youth

Sometimes, the best way to honor our past is to look to the future and find meaningful ways to support our youth. Tacoma City Ballet (TCB) is rising to that challenge this summer, as it opens a new military scholarship program for children of active-duty military personnel. The Lieutenant Colonel

Madigan participates in field training exercise

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Madigan participates in field training exercise

The deadly whistle of an incoming mortar breaks up the constant gunfire. Residents rush to provide lifesaving care to a mock casualty as they move him out of the line of fire. An instructor calls out what the wounded soldier might cry -- "I'm bleeding! It hurts!" -- to add

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