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New DOD way to evaluate pain

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New DOD way to evaluate pain

If you receive care in a military medical treatment facility, you might notice your health care team is using a new method for assessing your pain. The Military Health System is rolling out a new pain management strategy known as the Defense and Veterans Pain Rating Scale, or DVPRS Most people are

JBLM moves to privatize water

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JBLM moves to privatize water

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - On Oct. 1, American Water, the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, will assume operations of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's water and wastewater systems. The company was awarded a 50-year contract in September 2020, valued at $771 million, to privatize the water and wastewater utilities

Lacey Children’s Day offers supersized fun

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Lacey Children’s Day offers supersized fun

A favorite family  fall event returns to Lacey this  Saturday, Oct. 2  at Huntamer Park in Woodland Square in Lacey from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. This event offers fun for kids of all ages!   With a theme of Superheroes, Lacey Children's Day, presented by Chick-fil-A of Lacey, promises big fun

Trails, parks and eats in Thurston County

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Trails, parks and eats in Thurston County

If you consider yourself a Pacific Northwesterner, you're probably aware fall isn't the season to stay inside, it's the time to grab a rain jacket and get outside. Thurston County is the perfect fall destination offering plenty of family-friendly parks and trails to explore, plus some recommended eats to discover. Percival

Enhanced pension benefits announced

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Enhanced pension benefits announced

If you are a wartime veteran who meets certain income, net worth, age or disability requirements, or you are a surviving spouse, then you may be eligible for VA's pension benefits. But did you know that VA's Aid and Attendance and Housebound benefits, or enhanced pension, can boost your pension

A boost to BAH coming?

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A boost to BAH coming?

WASHINGTON - Soldiers and families paying unusually high living costs may qualify for a short-term increase in their housing allowance from October through December 2021, finance officials said Sept. 23. To receive the payout, soldiers in designated areas will need to apply through their unit S-1s and show they have incurred

Colorful fall foliage walks and drives near JBLM

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Colorful fall foliage walks and drives near JBLM

Even though Washington is known as the evergreen state due to the Douglas Firs and pine trees that remain green year-round there are plenty of places to see stunning fall foliage near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) with stunning color. These colors really seems to pop when contrasted with the evergreens

Malaysian airmen visit JBLM

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Malaysian airmen visit JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Western Air Defense Sector hosted a Radar Operations Orientation Course for 12 members of the Royal Malaysian Air Force's 2nd Air Division, 330th Squadron, Aug. 2-27. WADS helped U.S. Indo-Pacific Command and Pacific Air Forces plan and execute the training under the National Guard's State Partnership

A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

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A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

Tori Reim describes herself as lighthearted. "I am really easy going, and I try to see things from other people's points of view," she began. "I feel like too many people take life much too seriously." Reim grew up on a ranch outside of Sahuarita, Arizona, a small mining town just south

Cheaper dental for vets

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Cheaper dental for vets

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs launched a new initiative with community dental care providers to help improve dental care access for veterans enrolled in VA health care who are currently ineligible for VA dental services. VETSmile: Connecting Veterans with Dentists in their Communities started early July to help eligible

Six things to know

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Six things to know

On Sept. 14, 2021, the Army announced its plan to comply with the Secretary of Defense's order requiring all service members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Army has made COVID-19 vaccines part of our normal medical readiness requirements and began mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations of soldiers using the FDA approved

Dropping bombs

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Dropping bombs

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - With just a quick drive over to Lewis North on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, one can find a rather explosive scene. That's because it's home to the 3rd Explosive Ordnance Disposal Battalion. The unit's main purpose is the construction, deployment, disarmament and disposal of military and civilian ordnance. As one of several mutual aid contracts JBLM has with off-base communities, the JBLM EOD team covers most of Washington, western Oregon and northern California with explosive

Army, Navy SATCOM mission areas shifting to U.S. Space Force

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Army, Navy SATCOM mission areas shifting to U.S. Space Force

Space Force Gen. John W. "Jay" Raymond made the announcement at the Air Force Association meeting in Washington, Sept. 22. The transfers are scheduled to be effective Oct. 1, 2021, if the DOD budget is passed and signed. "We're one team with our sister services and over the last year-and-a-half we have

Eagle Port #1

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Eagle Port #1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Earning the name "America's Airlift Wing" doesn't happen overnight. To ensure that reputation stays with the 62nd Airlift Wing takes years of dedicated work from each airman, each team and each flight of the C-17 Globemaster III. As of August 2021, the 62nd AW added another

JBLM worker among those honored

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JBLM worker among those honored

REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. - Ten Army Materiel Command employees have received the highest performance award given annually in recognition of innovation, leadership and dedication to the mission. The awardees include Julian Villar Jr., Army Sustainment Command, Installation Property Book Officer for Supply and Services Division, Army Field Support Battalion Joint

A legacy begins

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A legacy begins

JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD - A new legacy begins at 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) as the first female soldier from the unit graduates one of the toughest courses in the U.S. military, the U.S. Army Ranger School on August 27, 2021. With an attrition rate of more than 60

Army tests new EFMP system

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Army tests new EFMP system

WASHINGTON - The Army is currently piloting a new Exceptional Family Member Program online enrollment process to improve the assignment research and selection process for EFMP participants, G-9 officials said Sept. 9. Close to 300 soldiers and family members are participating in the initial test of the integrated Army Enterprise EFMP

Theater comes alive again

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Theater comes alive again

After a year and a half of no live theater on stage, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse, Olympia Little Theatre, Harlequin and all theaters in Tacoma and Olympia are once again able to welcome people into their auditoriums, and actors, singers and dancers onto their stages. In

Vaccines mandatory by Dec. 15

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Vaccines mandatory by Dec. 15

WASHINGTON - The Army outlined its plan today to fully comply with the Secretary of Defense's order requiring all service members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Army began implementing the Secretary of Defense's order on Aug. 24, following DoD and White House guidance. Before then, vaccines had been optional. "This

Do civilians get you?

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Do civilians get you?

The growing division between civilians and the military is akin to a long-term marriage that is headed for divorce court. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the perfect marriage - the nice house, the right friends, and a comfortable income. But behind the scenes of this upper middle-class union,

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