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Coordinated care for veterans

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Coordinated care for veterans

Navigating a healthcare system can be challenging. While clinics and hospitals strive to ensure timely access and relevant care, it's also important that patients feel confident advocating for their needs. To build better understanding of both short- and long-term care, Dr. Miriam Kennelly with Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) addresses common

The Washington State Fair returns

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The Washington State Fair returns

The Washington State Fair is right around the corner and the smell of hot fresh scones and Krusty Pups is in the air. And after a year of no fair, boy are we ready.  Located about a 25-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Puyallup, this is a yearly tradition that

Gandalf and artillery

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Gandalf and artillery

In 1976 a bored Gordon Jay wandered into a recruiter's office. "I was attending college at Centralia Community College, but I had to wait for the guy who carpooled with me from Elma to finish his classes," began the retired warrant officer. "I started talking to the guy, and the rest

Religious exemptions likely for vaccine

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Religious exemptions likely for vaccine

In a memorandum released Aug. 9, 2021, the secretary of defense explained how he will ensure the continued health and safety of the U.S. military through the use of the available COVID-19 vaccines. "I will seek the President's approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon

Cobra blood off the menu

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Cobra blood off the menu

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared victory this week after the practice of drinking the blood of cobras was axed from the multinational Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand. Killing the snakes to demonstrate a jungle survival technique was scuttled at the exercise earlier this

Two local trails to explore

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Two local trails to explore

As the dog days of summer linger on, there is no better time to get out and explore two local trails. And yes Fido can join the family on your adventures as well.  Some people might not know that behind Dupont City Hall is the entrance to Sequalitchew Creek Trail. Visitors

Salute for military kids

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Salute for military kids

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

A citizen-soldier and history

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A citizen-soldier and history

Rick Patterson has been involved with the Washington National Guard since he was a youngster. "My family spent many summers on American Lake, and we stayed in National Guard-owned camping trailers parked at the Guard's beach there," he began. "Later, when both my brother and I were ready to enlist for service,

Moving? Child and Youth Services can help smooth the way

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Moving? Child and Youth Services can help smooth the way

As summer winds down and the upcoming school year approaches, military families are still on the move, Permanent Change of Station move that is. According to Jacqueline Flowers, traffic manager for the Fort Jackson transportation office, primary and peak PCS season runs from May 15 until Labor Day where thousands of

Longer hair, some scalp tattoos OK

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Longer hair, some scalp tattoos OK

Male airmen will be allowed to tattoo their scalps and grow their hair half an inch longer under an update to Air Force dress-and-appearance standards taking effect in October. The service is also doing away with some restrictions that micromanage specific behavior while in uniform - such as putting hands in

Madigan’s new commander assumes the colors

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Madigan’s new commander assumes the colors

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - From their earliest days of troops drilling on horseback to prepare to join World War I to today, the parade grounds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, known as Watkins Field since the Korean War era, have provided soldiers the space to perform. Madigan

Four military women to compete this year for Miss America crown

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Four military women to compete this year for Miss America crown

An active-duty soldier, an Army reservist and two Navy ensigns in the Reserve will trade their name tapes and uniforms for sashes and sequined gowns to compete for the crown of Miss America. After the dust settled from final state competitions in July, at least four military women earned spots in

Troops can seek exemptions to vaccines

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Troops can seek exemptions to vaccines

WASHINGTON - Troops can apply for an exemption to the pending coronavirus vaccine mandate for certain health conditions or religious reasons, but others will face punishment for refusing the shots, chief Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Tuesday. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday announced he would add the coronavirus vaccine to

2ID soldiers test potential Army command post prototypes at JBLM

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2ID soldiers test potential Army command post prototypes at JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - A potential Army Command Post prototype underwent operational testing during the annual Bayonet Focus Exercise here recently. Soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division's 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team tried out the Command Post Integrated Infrastructure (CPI2) System gear while preparing for their upcoming National Training Center rotation. 2nd

Guard to recoup funding for training, readiness

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Guard to recoup funding for training, readiness

WASHINGTON - Lawmakers recently approved a $521 million National Guard reimbursement plan to help the military bureau recoup funds it used to secure the National Capital Region in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. National Guard training and readiness opportunities were at risk if Congress did

New gel could improve battlefield wound treatment

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New gel could improve battlefield wound treatment

Military-funded researchers are developing a gel that would stop rapid blood loss without the need to apply pressure to a wound, which could potentially save lives on the battlefield and in civilian hospitals. Medics can apply coagulants like QuikClot to wounds to stem blood loss long enough for a service member

A chief’s advice

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A chief’s advice

While playing Babe Ruth League baseball in 1976 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Tim Gorden broke his neck. As a result, he spent six months in neck traction devices before undergoing fusion surgery. "The life lesson here is that regardless of what you believe is not recoverable and devastating is rarely that," wrote

Understanding the benefits of nutrition

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Understanding the benefits of nutrition

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - When you watch major sports teams play, do you ever think about the "behind the scenes" work that goes into producing a superior athlete? Professional sports teams have doctors, physical therapist, dietitians, strength and conditioning coaches, this list can go on and on. The point is,

Certification for Puget Sound Military Health System

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Certification for Puget Sound Military Health System

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The Puget Sound Military Health System becomes the latest to certify as a MHS market. This certification marks the next step in a long history of collaboration with staff at Army, Navy, and Air Force military Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF) in the Pacific Northwest. A market is a

Eagle Port to represent 62nd AW at Port Dawg Rodeo

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Eagle Port to represent 62nd AW at Port Dawg Rodeo

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The C-17 Globemaster III is the most flexible aircraft to enter the airlift force and is responsible for the rapid, strategic delivery of cargo and troops to main operating bases and those in deployed environments. Have you ever seen one of our C-17s fly overhead and

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