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Western Air Defense Sector controllers participate in RAZOR TALON 23-1

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Western Air Defense Sector controllers participate in RAZOR TALON 23-1

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Western Air Defense Sector's 225th Air Defense Squadron successfully launched a new Battle Management Team construct here July 24-28, 2023, as part of Exercise RAZOR TALON 23-1. WADS showcased the agile combat employment (ACE) drill which incorporated a focus on executing operations involving local airports coordinating

Woman in STEM

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Woman in STEM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD -  In 1983, the year of Super Mario Bros. debut and the release of Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi, and the first American woman making history by traveling to space; in Spencer, Iowa, Pamela Best, made the honorable decision to join the United States Air

Madigan’s command changes hands

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Madigan’s command changes hands

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord — The march of time in a hospital can blend the days together, a rush of tasks and activities repeated and intertwined. But the Army is expert at marking the years with ceremony. Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., bid

FREE Salute to Military, Back to School bash!

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FREE Salute to Military, Back to School bash!

As summer draws to a close and the back-to-school season approaches, The Ranger and Northwest Airlifter newspapers are partnering with Capital Mall in Olympia to throw a big Salute to Military, Back to School Bash! Happening  this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m., the day will be all about honoring

Troops can use flex spending for child care

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Troops can use flex spending for child care

In coordination with the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, the U.S. Department of Defense has expanded eligibility for a benefit that will provide military families with another financial option for reducing the burden of the cost of dependent care, ultimately bolstering military readiness. The Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account, or

Enjoy `The Thrill of The Grill’ at your commissary!

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Enjoy `The Thrill of The Grill’ at your commissary!

Summertime is the best time to eat your fill, show off your cooking skills and enjoy the thrill of the grill! Your commissary is here to help you and your grill get fired up, with resources to help authorized customers, including eligible veterans, shop and save on the ingredients they need

Celebrate beer, food and music this weekend

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Celebrate beer, food and music this weekend

With a nod to Tacoma Beer Week happening Aug. 11-20, Tacoma Arts Live's newest summer festival, Sound & Sky, celebrates the 10th Annual Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer & Music Festival on Saturday, Aug. 12, from 2 to 8 p.m. at Chambers Creek Regional Park in University Place, situated next

Composting offers many benefits to JBLM

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Composting offers many benefits to JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Composting is second nature to Joint Base Lewis-McChord; it's been happening for over a decade at the Earthworks facility. Natural wood waste, storm debris, leaves and food waste are combined to create a high-quality compost. Compost on JBLM is used for area beautification, stormwater filtration and

Paddle boarding in the South Sound

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Paddle boarding in the South Sound

There is still plenty of summer left, and there is no better way to soak up the summer than to get out on the water. The South Sound  offers a treasure trove of natural beauty, and one of the best ways to immerse yourself in this stunning landscape is through

JBLM Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer completes Ironman Triathlon in Idaho

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JBLM Explosive Ordnance Disposal officer completes Ironman Triathlon in Idaho

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - An Explosive Ordnance Disposal platoon leader completed the Ironman Triathlon in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. U.S. Army 1st Lt. John G. Ziomek, a platoon leader from the 787th Ordnance Company (EOD), proved his mettle during the 140.6-mile endurance competition. The Ironman Triathlon included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride

62d Airlift Wing executes Operation Max Moose

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62d Airlift Wing executes Operation Max Moose

In the early months of 2023, Gen. Mike Minihan, Air Mobility Command commander, sent a memorandum to all AMC commanders, detailing his orders in preparation for the next fight. Minihan stated that his intent for the command is to go faster, driving readiness, agility and integration for AMC and the Joint

Wounded warriors and facility dogs: A mutual respect

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Wounded warriors and facility dogs: A mutual respect

Wounded warriors have driven facility dog evolution in the Military Health System. This reflects the respect these service members have for the dogs and their mission of providing comfort and support. Amy O'Connor, facility dog program manager at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, Maryland, recounted how one wounded warrior

Executive order changes how military handles sexual assaults

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Executive order changes how military handles sexual assaults

The president signed an executive order last week that changes how some crimes - including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and murder - are handled within the military justice system. The executive order makes changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial. The changes, among other things, move responsibility for the handling

'Wearables Pilot Program' technology tested at Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023

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'Wearables Pilot Program' technology tested at Exercise Talisman Sabre 2023

BRISBANE, Australia - Technology by definition is the application of scientific knowledge for practical purposes, especially in industry. With a force of more than 1.4 million service members, not including Reserve and National Guard component service members, Dr. Nathan Fisher says the U.S. Department of Defense is always looking years ahead

AMC Squadron Leadership Course creates digital badge for airmen and spouses

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AMC Squadron Leadership Course creates digital badge for airmen and spouses

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - Hundreds of squadron commanders and their spouses throughout Air Mobility Command will now be awarded with a digital badge following graduation from the AMC Squadron Leadership Course at Scott Air Force Base, Illinois. After attending approximately 40 hours of training, attendees leave the class with

3 cancers related to military service?

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3 cancers related to military service?

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced Tuesday that it will conduct a scientific review to determine whether there is a relationship between three conditions - acute leukemias, chronic leukemias, and multiple myeloma outside of the head and neck - and toxic exposures for service members who deployed to

Protecting the environment on JBLM

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Protecting the environment on JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - It's a bird, it's a plane. No wait, it's just the new Defense Logistics Agency - Energy's aboveground fuel storage tanks being put into place. There are two new fuel stations coming to Joint Base Lewis-McChord with fuel storage tanks that experts believe will be better

Radiology renovation enhances Joint Base Lewis-McChord readiness

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Radiology renovation enhances Joint Base Lewis-McChord readiness

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. - The Army is prioritizing People First by improving the Army's culture and quality of life, including upgrades in housing, barracks, childcare, and spouse employment. However, healthcare may be one of the most important aspects to warfighters readiness and the U.S. Army Engineering and Support Center's (Huntsville Center) Medical

Veterans can now file supplemental claims online

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Veterans can now file supplemental claims online

As part of continued modernization efforts from VA, veterans can now file supplemental claims online at VA.gov. Filing a supplemental claim is an option for veterans who disagree with a previously denied claim decision regarding VA disability compensation or pension benefits.  This new functionality enhances the veteran digital experience while delivering

Air Force reinstates special bonuses, pays, most PCSs with more funds from Congress

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Air Force reinstates special bonuses, pays, most PCSs with more funds from Congress

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - With additional support from Congress on several pending reprogramming requests, the Air Force will restore funding to most military personnel programs that were suspended or closed last week. The Air Force will restore the Selective Retention Bonuses and the Aviation Bonus program beginning this week. Additionally, beginning this

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