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USAF adopts new fitness test scoring

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USAF adopts new fitness test scoring

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will require only pushups, situps and a 1.5-mile run when physical fitness testing resumes July 1 using a new scoring breakdown, the service announced. Pushups and situps will now be worth 20 points each, up 10 points, and the 1.5-mile run will remain worth 60 points.

Keeping trust in tune

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Keeping trust in tune

Connie Byzinker's career with the Washington Army National Guard as an assistant inspector general started when she first learned to play the oboe in the fourth grade. "I continued through high school," she began, "and before graduation in 1967, my mother found an Army recruiting ad for female musicians. I answered

Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

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Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are transitioning from COVID-19 response and civil disturbance missions to prepare for what could be another catastrophic wildfire season. "We have been actively responding for the past 15 months to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general.

Command changes at JBLM

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Command changes at JBLM

Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord relinquished command yesterday before press time to interim commander Maj. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson. George leaves the Northwest to become the senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Earlier this month, Brunson turned over command of the 7th

Rebooting bases named for Confederates

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Rebooting bases named for Confederates

The Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America, is more often referred to as the Naming Commission. Retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the chair of the Naming Commission, spoke

Earplug lawsuits hit a snag

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Earplug lawsuits hit a snag

A federal jury in Florida sided with earplug manufacturer 3M that the company's product did not cause hearing loss for a veteran who used them while serving in the military. The trial was the second of three scheduled this year that could impact the outcome of a lawsuit involving nearly 236,000

McChord airman receives AF-level award

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McChord airman receives AF-level award

Maintainers fill a critical role in keeping the Air Force's fleet in the air to project air power, dominance and rapid global mobility. These experts ensure the aircraft in their care are ready to fly at a moment's notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Earlier this year,

Traffic school required on JBLM

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Traffic school required on JBLM

Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members who commit specific traffic offenses will now be required to attend traffic school. The implementation of this program, known as Traffic School of the Service Member or "TSOS," is a garrison directive designed to improve the safety of the JBLM community. If a service member receives

Becoming a butter bar

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Becoming a butter bar

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The clang of tools and parts reverberated around the motor pool like church bells as the mechanics of the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment dutifully turned their wrenches. For them, their temple is a bay and their holy day a Monday, a weekly regularity that neither

Take me out to the ball game

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Take me out to the ball game

It's hard to beat a sunny day or evening at a local ball field with a promise of a hot dog, red vines and garlic fries. And I mean baseball is cool too.  While stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord there are three semi-local options to catch a minor league or major

Meet McChord’s next boss

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Meet McChord’s next boss

Command of the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field will change hands from Col. Erin M. Staine-Pyne to Col. David A. Fazenbaker next month. Fazenbaker is currently the vice commander of the 14th Flying Training Wing at the Columbus Air Force Base in Mississippi. Fazenbaker entered the Air Force from ROTC in

Masks off for the vaccinated

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Masks off for the vaccinated

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs will no longer require masks or social distancing at its 155 national veterans cemeteries for people who are fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. The VA is also lifting its restrictions on gathering sizes at funeral services starting May 26. The new rules go into

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Need help PCSing?

No matter where you're headed, Military OneSource can help you master your next military move. If you and your family have received orders for a permanent change of station, or PCS, expert staff can provide information, education and referrals to help minimize stress and make your move a Power Move. The

Transportation and parking options for SeaTac Airport

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Transportation and parking options for SeaTac Airport

As travel plans get booked for the summer and all final details locked down, determining how to get to and from the airport can be the last pain point needing to be solved. Being stationed in a place where family and friends may not be easily accessible for support, finding

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Take a trip to Hawaii

Café Hawaii As I turned into the strip mall housing Café Hawaii, I caught myself muttering almost desperately, “Please let it be good.” The small café was overly bright with a television blaring; an uncomfortable combination that urged me to get a to-go order and get the hell out of there.

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Home Plate Tavern

Let’s stop pretending you don’t want to know what’s inside Home Plate Tavern. You pass by it on a regular basis as you drive down South Sprague Avenue. The sign catches your eye, but you’re too scared. Is it the neighborhood? Is it that there’s nowhere to park? Is it

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The other glass museum

The finishing touches are being put on the $20 million renovation of the Hotel Murano, formerly the Sheraton, in downtown Tacoma. The Murano is part of the Providence hotel chain, a leader in the contemporary trend of hotels that are showcases for art. Quite a change from olden days when

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A turn of the screw

Prodigal Sun Productions is at it again. The vagabond troupe of thespians in Olympia is presenting the adult comedy “Don Juan in Chicago,” by David Ives. The show is about a man suffering in his own sort of hell by actually getting what many men only dream about receiving. Don Juan

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It’s time for a better awards show than the Golden Globes

Nearly every year when the Golden Globes came bounding through Hollywood, I would remind folks they were basically a joke. Just a smattering of examples:     - "Of all the awards shows, this is the stupidest - but they treat it like a big event in Hollywood." - 1996     - "The

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Memorial Day celebration is live in Lakewood

Formerly known as Decoration Day, the last Monday in May has come to be known as Memorial Day, a day for remembering those who have died, specifically those who have died in the service of their nation. It is a time for our nation to remember, reflect

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