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Island exploration

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Island exploration

Located two hours from JBLM on the Puget Sound is Whidbey Island, a must visit during your time stationed in Washington. Spanning 55 miles, this island provides endless opportunities for exploration, sightseeing and of course, eating. If you're the exploring type, Whidbey has multiple state parks, chalked full of exploration. Starting with Washington's

USAAAD-YTC conducts three life-saving missions in four days

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USAAAD-YTC conducts three life-saving missions in four days

YAKIMA TRAINING CENTER - Soldiers assigned to the United States Army Air Ambulance Detachment- Yakima (USAAAD-YTC) "Yakima Dustoff," 2-158 Assault Helicopter Battalion, 16th Combat Aviation Brigade performed multiple aeromedical evacuations of civilians in various locations across Washington last month. Two aircrews from Yakima Dustoff performed three life-saving aeromedical evacuations between July

'The Sandman'

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'The Sandman'

Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to turn Neil Gaiman's immensely popular graphic novel series The Sandman into a movie or streaming series, and it's finally happening, with Netflix giving us a lush, moody and ambitious adaptation that occasionally skirts the borders of camp with its lofty monologues

To sell or to rent? ACU is ready to help

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To sell or to rent? ACU is ready to help

Members of the military may think their next permanent change of station, or PSC, means selling their home and moving to a new one. While sometimes true, many are turning their current homes into rental properties. At America's Credit Union, its team of military family experts is available to help service

Missing soldiers bigger priority now

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Missing soldiers bigger priority now

WASHINGTON - Since the publication of Army Directive 2020-16, Determination and Reporting of Missing, Absent-Unknown, Absent Without Leave, and Duty Status-Whereabouts Unknown Soldiers, the urgency and timeliness of locating soldiers who are missing from formation has been improved across the force at all levels. "On a recent trip to Fort Hood,

New correctional facility to open at JBLM

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New correctional facility to open at JBLM

In early 2023, the new Northwestern Joint Regional Correctional Facility (NWJRCF) will become operational at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.  "Our primary mission is to provide for the care, custody and safeguard of U.S. military prisoners," explained Captain Brett Beavon, commander, United States Army Correctional Activity, 42nd Military Police Brigade. The groundbreaking for the

Balancing training and modernization

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Balancing training and modernization

The Blackhawk bumped down into Landing Zone Sparrow; moments later seven soldiers assigned to Bronco Troop, 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), stepped off and took prone positions as the bird lifted off. Before the grass and dust had settled, SFC Michael Perkins had

Army to switch all active-duty soldiers to semimonthly pay Oct. 1

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Army to switch all active-duty soldiers to semimonthly pay Oct. 1

WASHINGTON - In an effort to prepare soldiers to move to its new Integrated Pay and Personnel System - Army, the U.S. Army is mandating all soldiers on long-term active-duty orders be paid on a semimonthly schedule, starting Oct 1, 2022. The vast majority of the Army's soldiers on active-duty orders

AMC Commander signs directive that provides access to prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing health privacy

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AMC Commander signs directive that provides access to prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing health privacy

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - General Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, recently signed a directive that provides pregnant AMC airmen a streamlined process to access prenatal medical care resources while prioritizing the member's health privacy and safeguarding unit readiness. This change follows new efforts by the Department of

Four Ways transfer students can get college credits for prior experience

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Four Ways transfer students can get college credits for prior experience

Learning doesn't always happen within the confines of a classroom. Children develop numerous skills by listening, observing and practicing in their day-to-day lives. It's true for learning how to use new technologies, how to show respect for other people and even how to ride a bike. But children aren't the

JBLM soldier helps bring Team USA back to prominence

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JBLM soldier helps bring Team USA back to prominence

At local parks in Fairfax Virginia, Haley Roberson endured her own form of boot camp. Years before she joined the Army, her mother, Cassandra, put her through soccer hell on grassy fields every day after school. For three to four hours day, Haley practiced her juggling and passing under the Virginia sun.

Role in Pacific may grow

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Role in Pacific may grow

The National Guard is considering expanding its relationships with Indo-Pacific nations in the form of training programs, Defense One reported on its website last week. This could further Joint Base Lewis-McChord's mission of enhancing security and stability in the region.   The Guard has more than 90 training arrangements with nations

Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s beer & music festival

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Brew Five Three: Tacoma’s beer & music festival

TACOMA - As part of Tacoma Beer Week, Tacoma Arts Live returns with Brew Five Three: Tacoma's Beer & Music Festival this Saturday, Aug. 6, from 1 to 8 p.m. The festival will pop up on Broadway between 9th & 11th in downtown Tacoma and features 35+ Pacific Northwest beers, ciders, and food vendors with live music. This

Board the 'Bullet Train'

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Board the 'Bullet Train'

As much as I loved the creative and blood-spattered action sequences in David Leitch's wildly entertaining action-comedy Bullet Train, and as much as I appreciated the star-power lead performance by Brad Pitt, as well as the fantastic ensemble work from the greatly talented cast, what dazzled me the most was

62nd Aerial Port Squadron gains new leader

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62nd Aerial Port Squadron gains new leader

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ayana Tuchscherer, right, commander of the 62nd Aerial Port Squadron, assumes command from Lt. Col. Mike Perez, commander of the 62nd Maintenance Group, during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, July 21, 2022. The 62nd APS serves as

Children immerse themselves in 'God’s Wonder' at VBS

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Children immerse themselves in 'God’s Wonder' at VBS

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Vacation Bible School kicked off at Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 18. Children flocked to the chapels to attend the weeklong summer program, which taught them about God through exciting songs, games, skits, videos and activities. Over 190 children, ages four years old through the fifth grade, registered

New option for unvaccinated airmen, guardians

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New option for unvaccinated airmen, guardians

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AFNS) -  The Air Force will soon have the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine available after the U.S Food and Drug Administration authorized it for emergency use and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed it as another primary series option for adults ages 18 years and older. The

Meet 1-2 SBCT’s new commander

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Meet 1-2 SBCT’s new commander

The coffee cup with the Farmall tractor on the side reminded Col. Kwenton Kuhlman of his grandfather. "That was the tractor he had on his farm, and I recall growing up as a kid going down and helping," began 1st Brigade, 2nd SBCT's new commander. "It taught me to be humble;

Five reasons employers want to hire veterans

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Five reasons employers want to hire veterans

According to recent data, there are more than 17 million veterans in the United States. Many of them are working professionals. And while unemployment has previously been an issue among the veteran population, it has actually been declining in recent years. This is partially because of the strengthening economy, but

Metro Parks embraces the Pacific Northwest passion for pickleball

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Metro Parks embraces the Pacific Northwest passion for pickleball

On a bright sunny Friday, the Browns Point Playfield courts were filled. Two athletic youngsters faced off against a retiree and a man using a leg brace. In the far court, an octogenarian played a younger newbie. Laughter rang out, jokes flew over the net. It was pickleball time, and

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