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Time to apply

FORT LEE, Va. - The Scholarships for Military Children Program for academic year 2021-2022 began accepting applications Dec. 14, 2020, and all applications are due by Feb. 17. The program, now entering its 21st year, recognizes the contributions of military families to the readiness of the fighting force and celebrates the

A first for pilot

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A first for pilot

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - He flew the first GPS III to be on SpaceX and sent into orbit. He conducted medical evacuations in the Middle East. But, in 2020, supporting the Denton Amendment program was a first for him.   Air Force Capt. Jasdeep Saran, an aircraft commander on the mission

Army to update hairstyle, grooming standards

Military Life

Army to update hairstyle, grooming standards

WASHINGTON - Soldiers will find out in January what hairstyle and grooming changes the Army has approved from a review panel's recommendations, according to the service. "The Army routinely examines our policies to ensure they meet the needs of the force. This is another way we are working to improve the

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Kinky boots

I’m overflowing with excitement right now because tonight I’ll have a chance to meet and party with one of my all-time heroes, and if you don’t know this guy, please allow me to introduce you: John Fluevog. Fluevog is a shoe designer from Vancouver, British Columbia, who has an amazing cult

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Marcia's Silver Spoon Café

Sometimes people consider me the ultimate Tacoma insider when it comes to nightlife, but one of the secrets to my success is simple. Sure, I’ve developed lasting relationships with so many of the wonderful restaurant and bar owners in this region because I really admire what they do, and I genuinely

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Big shoes to fill

He goes by many names. Mesopotamians called him Enkidu. Tibetans call him Yeti. The Chinese call him Yeren. Australians call him Yowie, the Welch call him Brenin Llwyd or the Grey King. Scottish people refer to him as the Grey Man of Ben MacDhui, aka Am Fear Liath Mòr, and

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Felt good

Faith Hagenhofer is among the more inventive artists working in the South Sound region. I especially appreciate the many ways in which she takes advantage of and, in some cases, works against the natural properties of her chosen media — felt, mostly felt; woven, matted, soft and furry felt. I was

New COVID updates for JBLM

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New COVID updates for JBLM

Vaccine updates were the top subject discussed Tuesday by officials at Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) during a scheduled monthly Sound Summit broadcast. Other topics included visitor policies at Madigan, updates on the laundromat, CFC totals, gyms and more. Col. Scott Roofe, Madigan commander, said phase two vaccines should commence in

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New COVID updates for JBLM

  Vaccine updates were the top subject discussed Tuesday by officials at Joint Base Lewis McChord during a scheduled monthly Sound Summit broadcast.  Other topics included visitor policies at Madigan, updates on the laundromat, CFC totals, gyms and more.   AD: Watch this right now - using your military benefits in 2022 for

SPOUSE magazine - January 2021

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine - January 2021

  To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the Januray 2021 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Snowshoeing at Mount Rainier <<< TMS and Tricare <<< Tea rooms near JBLM <<< Winter gardens

A first for test pilot

Veterans

A first for test pilot

Retired Army helicopter test pilot Robert "Gordon" Evans can describe the inner workings of the Army's helicopter fleet from a Cobra to a 58-Delta or a Chinook, a Huey or an Apache. He can tell in detail the difference between the heat of Fort Polk, La., versus Fort Bragg, N.C.,

Expanded child care for troops

Family

Expanded child care for troops

High-quality, affordable child care is critical for military parents. But the type of child care they need can vary widely. Some families need regular full-time care, other families need more flexible, on-demand services, and some families need both. To help meet the growing and diverse needs of military parents, the Department

Gamechanger for warfighters

News Articles

Gamechanger for warfighters

The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity has teamed with one of its commercial partners in the development of a novel medical device that may prove to be a "game-changer" in the frontline treatment of wounded warfighters. Created by TDA Research, Inc., and funded through the Defense Health Agency's Small Business

100 percent operational

News Front

100 percent operational

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - A McChord C-17 Globemaster III took off Dec. 22 over the new underground bridge to commemorate the reopening of the McChord Field runway to its full, 10,100-foot operational length. This follows the 11-month closure of almost half of the runway due to two failing culverts under

Top 10 movies of 2020

South Sound Cinema

Top 10 movies of 2020

Even though this year was unlike any other in the history of cinema, in that most films were either limited theatrical releases or premiered on at-home platforms, there was no shortage of first-rate works, including: The Assistant, Crip Camp, First Cow, Hillbilly Elegy, I'm Your Woman, The Invisible Man, The Life

Changes to military payroll

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Changes to military payroll

WASHINGTON - The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is planning to extend payroll collections for military and DOD civilians through December 2021 to reimburse a tax deferment designed to support personnel during the COVID-19 pandemic, officials said. A presidential memorandum signed in August temporarily paused a portion of Social Security, called

Wild world of JBLM

Jobs & Education

Wild world of JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Transitioning service members, military spouses, college students and local community members interned with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) biologists and foresters in 90-day rotations throughout 2020 to gain hands-on experience with a wide range of environmental projects as part of a collaborative partnership between JBLM Fish and Wildlife and JBLM Forestry. "We're service members making leaders out of students and students making scientists out of service members," said Dennis Buckingham, conservation ecologist and internship coordinator. "Military participants are typically

Strykers to get lasers

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Strykers to get lasers

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. — Offering a silent shot with unlimited rounds, laser weapons have long been the "next big thing" coming to the battlefield. Now, "next" is finally here. As the Army works to address increasing and changing threats from unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and rockets, artillery and mortars (RAM), the service

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Military Life

PCSing: Changing your bank/credit union

Getting ready to PCS? Dread the idea of changing banks? You are not alone. According to Bankrate.com, in a 2019 survey, found that the average U.S. adult keeps the same primary checking account for 14.3 years. Twenty-one percent said they used their account between 21 and 50 years. Older respondents are more

Racial disparity exists for airmen

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Racial disparity exists for airmen

WASHINGTON (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force released its report on the findings of an Air Force Inspector General independent review into racial disparity Dec. 21. The full report is available for download on AF.mil.   The Secretary of the Air Force and the Air and Space Forces service

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