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Army secretary releases reduction requirement memos to improve readiness

Consistent with the new Army Vision, the Secretary of the Army has signed memorandums that modify or eliminate certain training requirements to improve the warfighting readiness and lethality of our Army. These memorandums will be captured in an Army directive that will be published this summer. This directive will ensure

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South Sound moms stretch household budget with Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma Children’s Consignment

Rhea Lana’s of Tacoma pop-up children’s consignment event will take place Sept. 16-20 at 2310 84th St. S., Lakewood, WA. The highly organized, retail-like setting offers families who live and work in Tacoma and the South Sound area the opportunity to purchase name-brand fall and winter merchandise at substantial savings (60-90%

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

The restaurant industry is a lot like life. We celebrate small victories, birthdays and gatherings and mourn the loss of loved ones. If you love to eat out like me, it can be an emotional rollercoaster. Especially lately, it feels as though we are in the midst of a movement.

Hop Jack’s

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Hop Jack’s

ANNOUNCER: With already five locations throughout the Puget Sound, Hop Jack's opened a sixth location in Lakewood this summer. Advertised as the neighborhood gathering place, Dutch and Jackie head out to see why everyone is gathering here.DUTCH: Walking into Hop Jack's, you're hit with the buzzing of conversations, TVs with

OFT receives Award of Excellence

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OFT receives Award of Excellence

At the Washington Center for the Performing Arts' third annual Center Stage Awards & Gala in July, 232 guests cheered as Olympia Family Theater was presented with an Award of Excellence for "achievement in the arts." "This was an extraordinary evening of generosity and love for the arts," said Washington Center

“Make/Do” at History Museum

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“Make/Do” at History Museum

"Make/Do" at the Washington State History Museum is an exhibition of fine and utilitarian art made with found and previously used items from the 1700s to contemporary works by local and regional artists including Marita Dingus, Pat Tassoni and Jean Mandeberg. There are 180 items on display from children's toys made

Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

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Neighborhoods: Gig Harbor

Gig Harbor, "the maritime city" is a quaint waterfront city located nearby Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). This beautiful town makes for a perfect weekend getaway or even a short daytrip. Getting There Gig Harbor is a quick and beautiful drive within half an hour from JBLM. Take I-5 north and take exit

Gig Harbor Gondola

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Gig Harbor Gondola

The Puget Sound is filled with opportunities to go on sailboats, cruises, ferries, kayaks and all kinds of other watercraft, but there is only one Venetian gondola plying the waters of the Sound -- and it's docked on the shores of Gig Harbor. Headed up by John "Cinque" Synco, Gig Harbor

Choosing a daycare

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Choosing a daycare

Parents these days have to make a lot of choices. OB/GYN or midwife? Hospital or home birth? Natural childbirth or medically assisted? And this is all before the kid is even born! One of the most important and life-impacting choices working parents face once that little bundle of joy arrives is

Music’s direct line

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Music’s direct line

There's something alchemical about music that still remains unknown, to me, even after so many years of being hired to think about it for a living. How is it that we, as humans, have evolved to have our heart rates intensify when we listen to the right song? What mechanism

How to take advantage of on-post amenities

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How to take advantage of on-post amenities

On-post events and amenities are a great way to have fun in the military community. Joint Base Lewis-McChord helps provide safe, affordable and on-location fun for all ages -- with an added bonus of a military-only community, meaning there are smaller crowds and no waiting for things like tickets or

A fair like no other

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A fair like no other

If you think you've seen, heard and done all there is to do at the Washington State Fair, you're wrong, and we're here to tell you why. New attractions, entertainment, food and drinks are added to the Fair's lineup each year, to keep families and friends coming back for more.

Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

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Bringing a taste of Louisiana to the PNW

Mo' Bowl Cajun is one of the popular Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) contracted food trucks located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Air Force MSgt. Ret. Timothy Lee Singleton and his wife, Lori, own the food truck business. Timothy served for 20 years as a Satellite and Microwave Technician.

Ten South Sound essential meals

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Ten South Sound essential meals

With such a generous variety of cuisines available in the South Sound, it can be difficult to decide what to eat. We’ve all been there, deciding between a burger or Chinese take-out. However, diversity can also offer some great dishes that you don’t find at every restaurant, or at the

Getting ready for Restaurant Week

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Getting ready for Restaurant Week

For those new to the South Sound, a fun fall event is Tacoma Restaurant Week, which is actually two weeks in October, Sunday through Thursday, 21-25 and Oct. 28-Nov. 1. Many of the top restaurants in Tacoma take part offering three-course lunches at $15 and three-course dinners for $30. This

Are you mentally fit enough?

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Are you mentally fit enough?

Flip off safety. Identify target. Aim weapon. Exhale. Think about late rent. Rehash tight budget. Tally up additional bills. Fire. Learning the ability to focus completely on the present moment despite other distractions -- also known as mindfulness -- can help servicemembers be safer, train better, and be more effective downrange. It can

Is private school a good fit for your family?

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Is private school a good fit for your family?

Frequent moves can be challenging for military children, and some local families on Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) have chosen the private school option to help mitigate it. Private schools are usually small, with a low student-to-teacher ratio. Many of the local private schools also offer substantial financial aid to military

JBLM teen honored as top Military Youth

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JBLM teen honored as top Military Youth

Two Army teenagers were honored as regional winners and runners-up during this year's Boys & Girls Clubs of America's National Military Youth of the Year celebration. Brandon Clay, from the Fort Knox Child and Youth Services in Kentucky, was selected as this year's Midwest region representative. Katherine "Katie" Wilton was the

You’re connected!

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You’re connected!

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the surrounding municipalities are well connected. This connection informs and strengthens -- both the base and the cities work successfully together to support each other. Not long after 9/11, it became clear that the military and civilian communities needed each other. The ensuing high rate of deployment

Schools to fulfill promise

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Schools to fulfill promise

For parents new to the community, deciding which school to educate one's children is a big decision. The Clover Park School District understands this concern, and it works to ensure that the children in its care receive the best. "Families can expect a welcoming, committed school community, focused on the success of

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