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Are your pets prepared?

Military Life

Are your pets prepared?

For servicemembers and civilians alike, pet ownership is a privilege with many benefits including stress relief, improved health, and emotional connection. However, pets are not always accounted for in the development of emergency and evacuation plans.  Joint Base Lewis-McChord's (JBLM) location between an active volcano and the Pacific coastline means

A more lethal Army

News Front

A more lethal Army

Soldiers work tirelessly in their tactical operations center -- giving the needed oversight to their subordinate units. Maps are hanging from partitions with computers and radios manned by soldiers who monitor the situation on the battlefield. They are part of a task force deployed to provide support to an allied

Restaurants on JBLM

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Restaurants on JBLM

Covering over 640 square miles, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) doesn't disappoint when it comes to food options. Whether you work on Lewis North, live on McChord, or only come on base to shop at the PX, you won't be leaving hungry. JBLM-Lewis Main Battle Bean Coffee -- Counter service of house brand

Top 10 must-see places to visit

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Top 10 must-see places to visit

The natural areas surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) are stunningly beautiful. There are three National Parks, rocky beaches, rushing waterfalls, historic towns and even a foreign country all within a short drive from the base. This list is compiled from an informal survey of military families and are the places

Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

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Top 10 places to take kids in the South Sound

Whether you want to hit the beach, take a hike or explore a museum, there's much to see and do in the South South. These uniquely Pacific Northwest experiences are sure to entertain kids of all ages -- and parents, too.  1. Hands On Children's Museum For hours of creative play, head

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What is art?

Tacoma.  Art.  The two go together like love and marriage, peanut butter and jelly, and gin and tonic. And the two are equally broad spectrum with Tacoma’s art scene encompassing a range from coffee to dance to clothing to paintings to parties to food to random acts of kindness. But is it

Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

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Top 10 breakfast sweet treats

I'm a firm believer in living life to the fullest -- at least when it comes to sweets. "Life is short, eat dessert first" is my motto. With that said, is there any better way to start the day than with a sweet breakfast? Pancakes, waffles, French toast, or even

A banquet on the boards

Stage

A banquet on the boards

"All the world's a stage," the Bard famously said, "tho' only certain parts deserve to charge admission." Or perhaps we're misremembering. In any case, the South Sound is resplendent with theatrical talent, from amateur, outdoor Elizabethans to union actors beautified by state-of-the-art lighting. Here's a quick survey of regional venues,

A night out at the ballpark

Attractions

A night out at the ballpark

Congratulations, baseball fans. After a frigid winter and a snowstorm for the ages, warm nights at the ballpark have returned. And for those new to the South Sound -- you're in luck; the Tacoma Rainiers, the Triple-A Affiliate of the Seattle Mariners, play at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma and open their

The City of Destiny tour by light rail

Military Life

The City of Destiny tour by light rail

With a vibrant and lively downtown arts and culture scene flourishing amidst an ongoing revitalization, it doesn't take too much effort to quickly fill up a day trip to the city of Tacoma. Located just north of Joint Base Lewis-McChord on Interstate 5, Washington state's third largest city is home

The best grocery stores near JBLM

Military Life

The best grocery stores near JBLM

Sometimes having to say goodbye to your favorite store is the worst part of moving. As mothers, wives, human beings -- planning for the next meal is a large part of how we spend our time, and for some it's an enjoyable experience. Meal planning can be a major stress

Five local museums you may not have heard about

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Five local museums you may not have heard about

Tacoma has a well renowned museum district, but these five local gems are spread throughout Pierce County. Each has its own charm and captures the joy of collecting something you are passionate about. Tacoma Telephone Pioneer Museum Now that most people use cellphones, many children have never even seen a telephone. This

Developing lifelong learners

Military Life

Developing lifelong learners

Being a servicemember is a rewarding and hectic career path, and finding adequate childcare is essential in order for military personnel to rest assured that their children are in safe and capable hands. For some families, off-base daycare sites may be more logical from a logistical, financial, and/or geographical perspective,

Spring and Summer Military Support Events

Military Life

Spring and Summer Military Support Events

The following is a list of Northwest Military's Spring and Summer Military Support Events -- sponsored by USAA. The best way to learn about upcoming events is to pick up a Ranger, Airlifter or JBLM Living newspaper, go to northwestmilitary.com, or follow us on our social media at such Facebook

Spring and summer events near JBLM

Outdoors

Spring and summer events near JBLM

You don't have to travel far to experience some of Washington's best and most famous fairs, parades and festivals. April Kid's FestApril 4, 1-4:30 p.m. Kick off the Month of the Military Child with a "Barnyard Play" theme, including activities, exhibits, displays, crafts, games, farm animals, rock-wall climbing, free bowling, static displays and

Golf courses and  facilities on JBLM

Outdoors

Golf courses and facilities on JBLM

They may not realize it when they are headed for a station at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, but military members fond of the links now have easy access to world-class golf as part of their privileges. Of course, the Pacific Northwest made golf news when Chambers Bay in University Place hosted

To homeschool or not to homeschool

Military Life

To homeschool or not to homeschool

At some point in the constant movement of being a military family, it may have crossed your mind that homeschooling could be a better option for your kids than constantly changing schools. Between the school systems, bullying, and stress of having to start over again, many military parents are choosing

How to make friends at a new duty station

Military Life

How to make friends at a new duty station

You can say I am an expert at PCSing, as I have completed 30 moves and experienced these adventures as a child, servicemember, and now a spouse. Each has its own challenges, especially if you tend to be more introverted. Just remember, for military spouses, we are all in the

JBLM fun in the sun

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JBLM fun in the sun

For most of us, it feels like winter has overstayed its welcome. The snow-covered ground was beautiful for a minute, but we are eagerly awaiting the warmer days of spring and summer. It is so close we can practically taste it. We know that the spring and summer months bring

2019 Spring Welcome Guide

Online Interactive Guides

2019 Spring Welcome Guide

Welcome to the Pacific Northwest. In order to help you get the most out of your stay or visit, we present our bi-yearly guide on what to do and see.  Click the link below and start your journey

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