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3% payraise for military in 2021?

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon on Monday requested a three percent boost to troop pay in 2021, plus its largest-ever investment in innovation and next-generation weapons as part of a $705.4 billion budget proposal for fiscal year 2021, as the United States eyes increased military capabilities by its

SPOUSE magazine - February 2020

Spouse magazine

SPOUSE magazine - February 2020

To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the February 2020 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Free fitness classes and equipment offered at JBLM <<< $25 gym memberships for USAA members <<< It's about teamwork <<< Virtual-reality experience now open at Pt. Defiance <<< VK Viet Kitchen <<<

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The happiest place in Seattle

  Disney’s magic reached up from sunny California to the great white (er, wet) north opening the long awaited staging of the hit movie, Frozen, Saturday. High tech, glittering, and senstional best describe the staging, while a stellar cast and tech crew clearly personify Disney’s demand for excellence – an expectation thickly

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Field of dreams

Learning how to control voltage changed my life,” says sonic alchemist Daniel Farrell. Farrell, also known as Myello Electronics, is a sound artist — and a whole lot more. He sculpts waveforms, tones and resonances like Pollack sculpted splattered paint into nearly perfect geometric forms. While he considers himself a

Suicide notes

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Suicide notes

Heathers was always destined to be a cult film, with its button-pushing story and pitch-black humor ensuring that an audience would eventually find it and love it, but the general public would stay away. Much like The Evil Dead before it, though, Heathers was a cult film that surprisingly ended

Crudo & Cotto

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Crudo & Cotto

ANNOUNCER: The owners of Olympia's popular Italian restaurant Basilico have opened Crudo & Cotto in the Proctor neighborhood of Tacoma. Much like their Olympia location, the focus is on fresh, authentic, Italian dishes with a Northwest flare. And though the menu is unique to each place, bread, pasta and desserts

Top Gun Bar and Grill

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Top Gun Bar and Grill

Located at the Pierce County Airport -- Thun Field, Top Gun Bar and Grill has one of the best views of Mount Rainier in the South Sound. On a clear day, you can watch planes take off and land from the airport while the iconic mountain looms in the background.

V-day Grub Gossip

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V-day Grub Gossip

Psssssst, hey you. Yea, you ... don't forget, Valentine's Day is coming up hot. Whether you are on team "We don't celebrate Hallmark Holidays," or "I better get something or else," or maybe, secretly "I don't want anything, but a nice date WOULD be nice," we've got you covered with

The next transition from ABUs to OCPs

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The next transition from ABUs to OCPs

The next transition before the final uniform change from the Airman Battle Uniform to the newly regulated Operation Camouflage Pattern combat uniform will be effective June 1 for all airmen. "We are coming up on a big milestone requirement this year, as far as OCP wear," said Tech. Sgt. Tyler A.

The rise of a loadmaster

Military Life

The rise of a loadmaster

(Photo: Airman 1st Class Kam Watt, 4th Airlft Squadron loadmaster, marshalls a K-loader up to the back of a C-17 Globemaster III to offload cargo in Iraq, Dec. 20, 2019. A C-17 loadmaster is responsible for the on-load and off-load of cargo from the aircraft, and for securing it while

627th SFS attack their mission at JBLM

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627th SFS attack their mission at JBLM

(Photo: Staff Sgt. Mark Soltero, 627th Security Forces Squadron base defense operations center (BDOC) controller, responds to a transmission pertaining to flight line security at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Dec. 4, 2019. Soltero and other BDOC airmen monitor communications and video surveillance to make sure the flight line on McChord Field

A couples’ getaway close to home

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A couples’ getaway close to home

Kirkland is the perfect destination for a one-night mini-vacation away from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), and a well-planned Saturday night stay maximizes your time and minimizes traffic. The cute, downtown area of Kirkland is just east of Seattle and is located on the shores of Lake Washington, about an hour drive

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Army announces new Aviation Incentive Pay rates

The Department of the Army announced today the implementation of the new Aviation Incentive Pay (AvIP) rates to stay competitive with the civilian aviation industry. Aviation incentives are special pays above base pay to ensure aviators are ready and available for flight duty, regardless of unit of assignment. These rates became

OSD advises against using direct-to-consumer genetic testing

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OSD advises against using direct-to-consumer genetic testing

(Photo: U.S. Air Force Airman 1st Class Chris Lawson, 20th Medical Support Squadron lab technician, places a drop of blood on a slide in the medical clinic at Shaw Air Force Base, S.C., Dec. 9, 2019. Lawson allowed the slide to dry before staining with different colors to make components

Air defense branch offering $60,000 bonus for warrant officers

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Air defense branch offering $60,000 bonus for warrant officers

(Photo: Chief Warrant Officer 4 Jonathon Boone, ADA Proponent warrant officer, said the the ADA warrant officer branch is wide open because of the expanding missions of the branch. The 14 series Military Occupational Specialties are the feeder for the warrant specialties, but the branch will accept candidates from other

Bowling Classic returns

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Bowling Classic returns

For the past decade, the USO Northwest has hosted its Seattle Golf Tournament which highlighted competition between Army, Marine, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and National Guard members. "Due to (the golf tournament's) success," began Donald Leingang, executive director, USO Northwest, "we were thinking about other competitions that the military would

Soldiers first, lawyers always

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Soldiers first, lawyers always

Soldiers from each of the United States Army's three components partnered together to conduct a training exercise focused on paralegal and lawyer skills this week at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The event was part of a Total Force Readiness Exercise, which has several scheduled training cycles around the country throughout the year.

I Corps change of command

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I Corps change of command

(Photo: Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, left, outgoing commander of America’s First Corps; Gen. Paul LaCamera, center; and Lt. Gen. Randy George, incoming commander, inspect the troops during the change of command ceremony Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.) To say Tuesday was a busy day for Randy A. George might be an

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It's musicals time

“Jersey Boys” This Broadway hit is on tour through the nation and portrays the story of early days of Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the story of how a group of blue collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the

Radical forgiveness

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Radical forgiveness

It's a rare treat to be able to see a world premiere play in our neck of the woods, which lends an air of special buzz around the staging of Shattering at Tacoma Little Theatre. After winning the AACT NewPlayFest, Shattering became one of six scripts chosen to be staged

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