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Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

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Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce healthcare services in select VA facilities May 18 including in the Puget Sound, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has selected Lead Sites to be the first to implement

Memorial Amphitheater’s 100th Anniversary

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Memorial Amphitheater’s 100th Anniversary

On May 15, Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1920, for the first time, the nation's Memorial Day ceremony (then known as Decoration Day) was held at the brand new Memorial Amphitheater. For a century it has served as the setting for the National Memorial Day

Memorial Day 2020 proclamation

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Memorial Day 2020 proclamation

WHEREAS, our ancestors shaped the structure of our political system, laid the groundwork for higher discoveries in science and medical research, started long-lasting traditions that enrich our heritage, and fought in wars so that future generations would have freedom; and WHEREAS, on Memorial Day, it is important to cherish the memories

Memorial Day commemorations at NCA cemeteries

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Memorial Day commemorations at NCA cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration (NCA) is committed to observing Memorial Day 2020 in a manner that honors those who sacrificed for our nation while protecting the health and safety of visitors and our team members. All 142 VA national cemeteries will be open for visitation throughout the Memorial Day weekend.

McChord airmen respond to COVID-19 on a global scale

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McChord airmen respond to COVID-19 on a global scale

(Photo: Three U.S. Air Force medical airmen exit a C-17 Globemaster III aircraft following the first-ever operational use of the Transport Isolation System at Ramstein Air Base, Germany, April 10. The TIS is an infectious disease containment unit designed to minimize contamination risk to aircrew and medical attendants, while allowing

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More services opening on JBLM

A fresh batch of programs and services are opening on the base, Lt. Gen Randy George, commander of Joint Base Lewis-McChord told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday. The base library will open Wednesday, May 20 for curbside pick up only. Officials are still working out a system for

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Some pediatric appointments back on at Madigan

The Madigan Pediatric Clinic has resumed some of our routine well child face to face visits. Well child evaluations for infants ages 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 12 months will be scheduled as face to face visits. Immunization only visits will remain available for 15

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Haircut updates for JBLM opening

HAIR IT GOES: Barbershops and hair salons on JBLM will open for business starting Monday. Until further notice, the shops will only be open to current serving service members. Service members will not need to be in uniform, but MPs will be at each shop to

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Letter from Commander

Team McChord, Two weeks ago, we convened a planning team, which brought together outstanding airmen from Team McChord to assess and provide recommendations to move forward, while still operating under COVID-19. When we first established our posture, we knew we needed a swift solution that would last for a few months

A Mother’s Day tribute

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A Mother’s Day tribute

Amidst the chaos of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Chief Master Sgt. Janice Kallinen, 446th Force Support Squadron superintendent, drives on with her duties during these challenging times. This fall, Kallinen will retire in what would be 38 years and five months of service in the Air Force. "When you're young, you

62nd Airlift Wing historian honors 75th anniversary of VE Day

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62nd Airlift Wing historian honors 75th anniversary of VE Day

On May 8, 1945, Germany formally surrendered to Ally forces, ending the war in Europe. Crowds gathered in major cities throughout Europe and the United States and celebrated the end of World War II, which had devastated most of Europe since 1939. In London, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

Armed Forces Day discounts

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Armed Forces Day discounts

Armed Forces Day 2020 will be like no other for obvious reasons. In past years, many U.S. companies offered military discounts on Armed Forces Day as a thank you for your service. Because of COVID-19, corporations and small businesses are experiencing difficult times, so it is not quite business as

Interesting facts and trivia about Armed Forces Day

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Interesting facts and trivia about Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 16, 2020, is upon us. But what exactly is Armed Forces Day? It is a day to celebrate and honor the men and women who are currently serving in the United States Armed Services. Here are some interesting tidbits and facts about this annual holiday

DoD launches financial ed website for military spouses

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DoD launches financial ed website for military spouses

(Photo: Spc. Jacob Rhodes, assigned to 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, returning from an overseas deployment, is reunited with his son Henry and wife Cheyenne following a homecoming ceremony, Feb. 18, 2018, held at the William “Bill” Reed Special Events Center, Fort Carson,

NETCOM’s NEC keeps JBLM connected during COVID-19

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NETCOM’s NEC keeps JBLM connected during COVID-19

As the Department of Defense and the American public went from a commuting workforce to a remotely connected telework force and COVID-19 spread across the 50 states and around the world within weeks, the Network Enterprise Technology Command (NETCOM) also expanded its global network capability, infrastructure and remote customer service

Chinook Helicopter unit set to deploy to Middle East

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Chinook Helicopter unit set to deploy to Middle East

(Photo: CH-47 Chinook helicopters during Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation deployment ceremony at the Washington Army National Guard Army Aviation Support Facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord May 6. Bravo Company is set to deploy to the Middle East for the third time in 10 years.) While more than

Now more than ever

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Now more than ever

History is littered with great quotes and even better deeds that demonstrate how some human beings rise to the occasion when the going gets tough. On this Armed Forces Day weekend, we found several examples of this spirit right here, not surprising, of course, many of it coming from the

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D Street Gate likely to not re-open

Lt. Gen Randy George, I Corps and Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday that although still being discussed, it is highly unlikely that the D Street Gate will re-open in the future. The gate is on the back end of North Fort closest to Lakewood

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PCS window dates and more

A few more services will open next week for local military, Lt. Gen Randy George told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday.   In addition, the windows for PCS move dates were also announced. AD: Depressed?  Looking for a natural treatment covered by Tricare.  Contact NeuroStim in Lakewood and Lacey.  Start

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Maui Splash While on vacation in Maui I discovered Tedeschi Vineyards, a winery that produces pineapple wine. Also known as Maui Wines, this vineyard sits majestically at Ulupalakua Ranch. This volcanic soil is exceedingly fertile and has been turning out Carnelian grapes of high quality with chameleon abilities to produce red

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