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1st Special Forces soldiers celebrate Menton to strengthen legacy

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1st Special Forces soldiers celebrate Menton to strengthen legacy

The 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) soldiers, distinguished visitors and Gold Star Families gathered for the annual Menton Week Memorial Ceremony at the 1st SFG (A) headquarters Dec. 3. The group honored soldiers from both the 1st SFG (A) family and their Canadian Special Operations Regiment brothers who, since 9/11, paid

2018 Holiday Guide #4

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2018 Holiday Guide #4

A guide on local holiday shopping, events and more! Come back each week for more holiday ideas. Click here to view our interactive 2018 Holiday Guide #4.

New menus in DFACs

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New menus in DFACs

The Army is committed to losing weight. In an October 2016 Department of Defense study, approximately 10.5 percent of soldiers were classified as overweight. A year later, the Army Surgeon General's Office presented data that showed that the percentage of overweight soldiers had grown to 13 percent. In meeting the challenge, the Army

$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

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$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

Col. Isabelle Josephine "Jo" Swartz's long record of service to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the local community will continue. In honor of the work Swartz accomplished during and after her service, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter, has renamed the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship

Madigan WTB sergeant named top in Army

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Madigan WTB sergeant named top in Army

Looking beyond the uniform to understand her soldiers' personal struggles and journeys earned Sgt. 1st Class Erica Graham the Cadre Award for Excellence from the Warrior Care and Transition Program. A reservist, Graham served as a platoon sergeant at Madigan Army Medical Center's Warrior Transition Battalion through this summer, where she

Local military champion dies

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Local military champion dies

The thread of service ran strong in Mary Findlay. A military spouse and supporter of the servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and fixture in the town of Steilacoom, passed last weekend. "Hers was a life of service," said Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas. "She was often referred to as ‘Miss Mary,' and she

Who are you?

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Who are you?

We know who you are -- in a good way. And you may recognize yourself in the most current demographic breakdown on what the military presence at Joint Base Lewis-McChord means to the regional economic picture and the community profile of the South Puget Sound. A survey of 2,500 JBLM personnel

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JBLM's Ranger dog who died in Afghanistan saved soldiers’ lives

KABUL, Afghanistan — A U.S. military working dog was killed during a recent clash in Afghanistan in which an American soldier also died, military officials confirmed Tuesday after the dog’s unofficial biography began circulating on social media. The dog, named Maiko, and Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso — who

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JBLM and Pierce County partner on 911

Public safety collaboration and interoperability in Pierce County will get the “win” when Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) begins dispatching emergency services using South Sound 911’s regional computer-aided dispatch (CAD) system. The partnership will unite South Sound 911’s 41 local police and fire agencies with the military

Grub Gossip

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Grub Gossip

Some folks are already near frantic with the holiday festivities underway. The awkward office Christmas party is looming, the mall looks like a special circle of Dante's Inferno, and there's still one more family gathering you have to endure your weird Aunt Sally and her reminding you she used to

The Melon Seed Deli

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The Melon Seed Deli

ANNOUNCER: The Melon Seed Deli in the Oakland neighborhood of Tacoma anchors an area more well known as the area one drives through to get to Home Depot or Target. But this week, Jackie and Dutch make a stop at the deli/frozen yogurt shop.DUTCH: Following a Thanksgiving where I obviously

Visiting Seattle Southside

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Visiting Seattle Southside

The Pacific Northwest Explorers headed to Seattle Southside for their latest adventure. Many in the group had only visited the area when going to the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and did not realize all the fun activities and eclectic restaurants they could visit. The group started their day at the Seattle Chocolate

Love of travel

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Love of travel

Trying to have a career as a military spouse is very challenging with the constant moves causing gaps in your resumé. Military spouse Mandy Kruger utilized her skills to start a travel blog and keep her resumé up to date with the frequent changes and unexpected aspects of military life. "Blogging

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Making health a priority

Sadly, the avenue of men's health does not receive as much attention as it deserves; often eclipsed by the hues of pink and fundraisers associated with women's health and illness. For this reason, Pacific Medical Centers' Primary Care Physician Dr. David True has reached out to advise, inform, and give

Winter reads

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Winter reads

As the weather outside gets colder and holiday fervor creeps into our weekly schedules, it's no wonder many of us are looking for an excuse to retreat to the safety (and solitude) of our sofa. There, a good book and a warm blanket await us. If the only thing holding

Letting potential off the leash

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Letting potential off the leash

Fraser is a hero. As a service dog, he was paired with Alex, a young man confined to a wheelchair. The partnership between the two allowed Alex to enter Seattle University, earn a bachelor's degree and then complete an internship in South Africa. "Alex says he never would have dreamed of studying

To awaken and soothe

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To awaken and soothe

Where were you when you first were moved by the music of just one voice and one instrument? You'd be a liar if you didn't say that you'd crossed this threshold as a very small child. While we, as a species, quickly become accustomed to a big band full of

Two shows at Department of Ecology

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Two shows at Department of Ecology

The Department of Ecology in Lacey is routinely filled with art, with rotating shows of local and area artists in the public spaces. Works by two Olympia artists, Lois Beck and Mary McCann, are now on display in the dining room (McCann) and the lobby (Beck). These artists have shown

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

It's no great secret that, while the holiday season may bring its share of joy and merriment, it can also be an achingly sad time of year for so many people. Somehow, a lot of holiday entertainment not only doesn't shy away from this aspect of the season, but places

Holiday movie preview

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Holiday movie preview

Season's screenings! Should we wait till December to talk about the 2018 holiday movies I'm most excited to see, or should we dive right in and open our previews early? I say: EARLY! Roma (Dec. 6) Writer-director Alfonso Cuaron, the blazing talent behind Gravity (for which he won a best director Oscar), was inspired

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