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2018 Salute to Military Kids

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2018 Salute to Military Kids

While military members and their spouses choose a military life, their children do not.  But, those same kids have to make sacrifices for their country just like mom and dad.  They have to leave friends, change schools, go through life with a parent deployed ... sometimes to scary places.  The

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JBLM chaplain saves stranger's life

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Washington - The U.S. Army Chaplain Corps plays a vital role in improving the spiritual well-being of Soldiers and family members within the organization. Chaplains assist in improving morale, providing religious services, and supporting the Army's Suicide Prevention programs. The 1-229th Attack Reconnaissance

Interstate 5 widening project by JBLM moves into stage 2

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Interstate 5 widening project by JBLM moves into stage 2

Major construction is about to start along the Interstate 5 corridor that runs along a portion of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. This work is the second stage of four to improve traffic flow on I-5 through JBLM. The $495 million effort is scheduled to be complete in 2025. This second stage, which

Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

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Disabled veterans now eligible for Space-A travel

The 2019 National Defense Authorization Act was recently signed, which included a measure that will allow fully-disabled veterans the ability to utilize Space-Available travel. Under the Disabled Veterans Access to Space-A Travel Act, veterans with a service-connected, permanent disability rating of 100 percent will be able to travel in the Continental

Al Udeid-based C-17s link AFRICOM, CENTCOM

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Al Udeid-based C-17s link AFRICOM, CENTCOM

Crews from the 816th Expeditionary Airlift Squadron recently completed multiple cargo missions with the C-17 Globemaster III aircraft to U.S. Africa Command, Camp Lemonnier, Djibouti, with the most recent mission Aug. 28. The strategic location of Al Udeid in the U.S. Central Command area of responsibility makes the base valuable to

Reservists take mission from air to sea

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Reservists take mission from air to sea

Among the gray ships that are indicative of a U.S. Navy port lies the all-white USS Arizona Memorial, which commemorates the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941, that drew the United States into World War II. The memorial, located on what is now Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, is currently

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The action of placing a bright, shiny, red apple on a teacher's desk is the symbolic epitome of the beginning of the academic year. It's rumored that this version of nature's candy has something to do with wisdom, but I think we gift our educators with it because it is

Wooden City

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Wooden City

ANNOUNCER: Located on the far end of Pacific Ave. in downtown Tacoma just off the edge of the Stadium District, Wooden City takes over the spot formerly occupied by Café Vincero. Award-winning chefs offer a variety of selections ranging from wood-fired pizzas and burgers to oysters on the half shell

Olympia’s fall theater scene

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Olympia’s fall theater scene

I know it's the oldest cliché in the book, but Olympia's fall theater scene has something for everyone, from mystery to comedy to children's fare to musicals, and various mixtures of all that. Harlequin Productions' season runs later than other theaters, meaning as the fall season opens everywhere else, they are

Anderson Island Film Festival

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Anderson Island Film Festival

In an age where streaming services have done their part in solving the problem of everyone having access to an abundance of films, another problem has presented itself: there's an overabundance of selection and a lack of concern about the level of quality of these films. Imagine the time you

Just a pop song

Music

Just a pop song

Stiff Records mainstay Wreckless Eric, after the success of his indelible "Whole Wide World," wrote "A Popsong," all about the fear and anxiety of being asked by his label to come up with a hit; as Wreckless Eric says, it's "just a pop song," so why is it so hard

‘To Sing of Beauty’

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‘To Sing of Beauty’

In case you haven't noticed, Tacoma's art scene is no longer provincial. The City of Destiny is now a center of grown-up art, art that is socially and politically hip, that comments on current issues that can dare to be innovative and risky. Part of it might be an influx

Give in to the wanderlust

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Give in to the wanderlust

Some of us are always on the hunt for adventure. We crave travel, yearn for exploration, and wile away the hours by staring wistfully into the distance. We've got wanderlust -- a strong desire to travel -- and sometimes there's nothing to be done about it except to give in

eSports champion

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eSports champion

SSgt. Eric Mack, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, won last weekend's PAX West Street Fighter V eSports championship. Spc. Mikaul McDermid, Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, and 2Lt. Ryan Deopante took second, third and fourth place, respectively. Mack's victory earned him a two-night stay at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas along with

The Yakima Cherry Man

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The Yakima Cherry Man

Marine Corps veteran Steve Byerly is on a mission -- a mission to bring fresh farm-to-market produce to the South Sound. All summer long, from the beginning of July until around the end of September, Byerly makes the trip twice a week from Yakima to University Place and back again

Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

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Betsy Ross Hall provides a home for women veterans

We all agree that one homeless veteran, or working veteran who is unable to achieve housing security, is one too many. With the scarcity of affordable independent housing or supportive transitional housing, it has become important to explore options for putting vacant rooms and buildings to use to serve veterans. That is

Tiny home dedication

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Tiny home dedication

In a small and informal gathering, members of a volunteer work crew placed a plaque on the tiny home they created for a local veteran. "We know some people transition from the Army and have a hard time. They fall on really, really hard times and become homeless. This may be

Madigan opens new school-based health center for Bethel schools

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Madigan opens new school-based health center for Bethel schools

Military beneficiary students at Bethel High School and Bethel Middle School can now access healthcare on campus. Madigan Army Medical Center's new school-based health center in Bethel is a comprehensive, primary care center staffed with pediatricians, nurses and administrative staff who specialize in taking care of teenagers. "This program will bring support

62nd APS airman awarded Bronze Star

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62nd APS airman awarded Bronze Star

Master Sgt. Derek J. Thompson from the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron was presented a Bronze Star award Aug. 28 at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Thompson distinguished himself by meritorious achievement as Aerial Port Superintendent, 443rd Air Expeditionary Squadron, 332nd Expeditionary Mission Support Group, while deployed to Al Asad Air Base, Iraq, from

Boosting soldiers’ performance

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Boosting soldiers’ performance

Optimizing bone health and preventing musculoskeletal injuries in servicemembers is a complex science. The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine consistently takes on that challenge. USARIEM is a U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command laboratory based in Natick, Massachusetts, the home of the Soldier Systems Center -- the only

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