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Study finds trust in military is declining

WASHINGTON - The number of Americans who have trust and confidence in the U.S. military has declined by 14% in the last three years, according to a new survey released by the Ronald Reagan Institute. Yet, the armed forces still top the list of the most respected institutions in the nation,

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JBLM program updates

Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials updated the community Monday discussing the slow down in on-base housing turnovers, youth sports, and vaccines.   STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION?  DRUGS NOT WORKING.  TRICARE OFFERS TMS IN LAKEWOOD AND LACEY.  SEE NEUROSTIM HERE   Lt. Gen. Ray George, JBLM and I Corps commander reiterated that vaccines are open to those

WA military goes ashore

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WA military goes ashore

CAMP MURRAY - Tears of joy and sighs of relief greeted members of the Washington National Guard's mobile vaccination team (MVT) in late February when they began administering vaccines on the San Juan Islands. As the Guardsmen set up the vaccination site, community members gathered around, adding music and food as

New insights into brain injuries

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New insights into brain injuries

Military researchers have recently found that headache, dizziness and cognitive dysfunction occur far more frequently among military personnel with mild traumatic brain injury than in those without injury. Sleep disorders and emotional issues are also significantly more common in members with this injury. These findings are from a study supported by

WA Guard had a year

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WA Guard had a year

CAMP MURRAY - To describe 2020 as unprecedented would be an understatement. "This past year has been a trying year," said Washington National Guard Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general. "We not only continue to support the COVID mission, but we were also called up for two of the worst

Most high schoolers can't get in military

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Most high schoolers can't get in military

WASHINGTON - The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee pressed for answers March 11 on how to address what he calls the most important issue surrounding military service: the small percentage of young people who qualify. Congressional lawmakers had long studied how to expand military service eligibility for Americans

Commander's Cup, youth sports are back

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Commander's Cup, youth sports are back

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - After a one-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions, intramural sports, youth sports and the Commander's Cup competition are scheduled to return this spring to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities. Registration for intramural sports is now open to community members with access to JBLM. This year, available sports include tennis, disc golf, basketball, flag football, volleyball, soccer and softball. For younger sport enthusiasts, the Youth

One tenacious airman

Military Life

One tenacious airman

Captain Melissa Jordan currently serves as the Air Force Public Health Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the flight commander of Aerospace Medicine, and the Public Emergency Officer for the 62nd Airlift Wing. Her life started hard in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania when she was born to parents who had recently separated from the

VGLI cost break

Veterans

VGLI cost break

WASHINGTON - All veterans insured under Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will receive a reduction in premiums effective April 1, ensuring that VGLI remains a cost effective option for veterans and transitioning uniform service members who choose Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance products. Premiums for VGLI will be reduced by

Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

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Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

The Army is changing the culture in which it recruits, retains and trains the next generation of soldiers, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is leading and meeting the challenge. The Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) system is a United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) initiative which remodels how the Army creates and

A first right here

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A first right here

Captain Daniel Mathews, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 7th Infantry Division,  became the Army's first public affairs officer to earn the Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) in October 2020. Like the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers assigned to combat tasks,

Arneson takes command

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Arneson takes command

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Lt. Col. Daniel Arneson assumed command of the 728th Airlift Squadron at McChord Field on March 6, in a ceremony presided by Lt. Col. Cynthia Welch, 446th Operations Group commander. "Lt. Col. Daniel Arneson is the perfect officer to build upon the model and legacy of the

Army employees more satisfied

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Army employees more satisfied

WASHINGTON - In a year where the Army overcame numerous challenges, it also achieved its best overall ratings ever in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, a top Army civilian personnel leader said March 3. The service posted an employee engagement index rate of 72.7% in fiscal year 2020, up three percentage

446th OG receives new leader

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446th OG receives new leader

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Lankford, left, 62nd Operations Group commander, presents the 4th Airlift Squadron guidon to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Canup, incoming 4th AS commander, during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, March 4, 2021. Canup is the 56th commander to lead the

Troubling divide in military

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Troubling divide in military

The military needs to act to stop a divide from growing in the officer ranks, where white conservative men are more likely than others to feel pride in service and that the military culture is superior to civil society, a study has found. "Military elites' feelings of superiority over the rest

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Ask Amy Alkon

A man on the meek I'm a guy and need directions! For a month, I've been flirting with this woman at work, and I think she's flirting back. I now have a week's vacation, but I'm not leaving town. Before I left, she said, "You know, if you're bored, you can

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Voxxy Vallejo, Gail Pettis and others

Friday, Feb. 1 VARIETY benefit for lewis county flood victims Holy schnieckies! Nine bands, one night, great cause and all for a five buck donation as the 4th Ave Tavern will play host to a benefit for Centralia and Chehalis flood victims. Looks like a doosey, too — with a diverse lineup.

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Bring back the watch

At the airport on a recent trip, I saw a gal dig for her cell phone after asking, “What time is it?” Everyone around her began to grope their pockets for their own phones, but no one could tell her right away. In a couple of minutes she found it,

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Bigger than Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Groundhog’s Day, Halloween and your grandma’s birthday all rolled into one, Super Bowl XLII will go down this Sunday, Feb. 3. The game between the unbeaten New England Patriots and underdog New York Giants will be played live in Glendale,

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Bumpy's

It was only a matter of time before I graced the tiny tavern named Bumpy’s in Puyallup. My gal-pal JustJen had been telling me to visit this joint since the first day we did the Bar Exam at Wayne’s Inn. I very rarely listen to her or heed her advice,

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