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Travelling military quilt returns

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Travelling military quilt returns

You could hear a pin drop as one Vietnam veteran removed his glasses and wiped tears away. Across the room, a Pearl Harbor survivor's hands shook. Women dressed in turquoise blue skirt suits - members of the Ladies Auxiliary, bowed respectfully as they lined the walls of the Veterans of

JBLM sexual assault survivor turns tragedy into triumph

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JBLM sexual assault survivor turns tragedy into triumph

Former Army Spc. Christina Jones swallowed 30 morphine pills and slumped against her bedpost. "Maybe this time, I'll get it right," she whispered, referring to her second suicide attempt in a week. The voices in her head grew distant and Polaroid images of terror blurred. Jones was sexually assaulted three times

Army adopts new approach to military sexual assault

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Army adopts new approach to military sexual assault

When The Invisible War came out last summer, it called rape "a silent epidemic ... and the most shameful and best kept secret in the U.S. military." The documentary showcased multiple Servicemembers suffering from military sexual trauma, and claimed that 20 percent of females are sexually assaulted while serving and

JBLM veteran, marathon runner competes to help others

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JBLM veteran, marathon runner competes to help others

When former Army Spc. Leighann Durkee-Trodhal triumphantly crossed the finish line in the Olympia marathon, the black, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) "Night Stalkers" flag she'd been carrying for 26.2 miles still fluttered vibrantly above her head.  "First sergeant, I missed it by one," she said, still breathless, to 1st

Canadian forces among us: “JBLM is the friendliest post”

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Canadian forces among us: “JBLM is the friendliest post”

The next time you see troops in dark green and black "digicam woodland" uniforms with Canadian flags on their sleeves, say hello. There's a good chance he or she may be your next-door neighbor, your co-worker or your newest friend - in addition to being a Canadian Servicemember on temporary

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Sticking together

You've heard it before - the one thing Servicemembers say they miss the most after serving is the camaraderie, the unit as one unifying body, the bond of family that results from serving together. Across the country, numerous veterans' groups are meeting weekly to do just that - "stick together," said

Canadian forces among us

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Canadian forces among us

The next time you see troops in dark green and black "digicam woodland" uniforms with Canadian flags on their sleeves, say hello. There's a good chance he or she may be your next-door neighbor, your co-worker or your newest friend - in addition to being a Canadian Servicemember on temporary

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JBLM veterans part of national movement to stay connected

You've heard it before - the one thing Servicemembers say they miss the most after serving is the camaraderie, the unit as one unifying body, the bond of family that results from serving together. Across the country, numerous veterans' groups are meeting weekly to do just that - "stick together," said

41-year veteran Airman still serving

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41-year veteran Airman still serving

You'd never know it looking at the slender-built, soft-spoken African American Airman in the green jumpsuit, but Senior Master Sergeant and Chief Loadmaster Terrance Philon is 59-years old. He's also the oldest person still flying on JBLM, and only one of three remaining Servicemembers at McChord that has experienced firsthand

Former JBLM Servicemember recognized on national stage

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Former JBLM Servicemember recognized on national stage

While shopping at McChord Field, Cpt. Shanda Taylor-Boyd saw a Ranger newspaper and knew immediately that she'd found the perfect name for the puppy she'd just purchased for her three daughters. But Ranger would grow to mean much more to her - he not only saved her life one day,

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"SERVICE" film examines hidden effects of war on women

Former Coast Guard Alexis Courneen has a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and crushed nerves in her right arm; (ret.) Army gunner Sue Downes came home a double-amputee after her tour in Afghanistan; Iraq war veteran Layla Mansberger is a Military Sexual Trauma (MST) survivor who suffers with Post Traumatic Stress-Disorder

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JBLM inducts new Sergeant Audie Murphy Club members

The Sergeant Audie Murphy Club (SAMC) is a distinguished Army organization that many attempt to join, but few succeed. Further, those accepted must exemplify outstanding leadership, performance and a deep concern for Soldiers, their families and the community. The addition of Staff Sgt. Christina Holcomb, Sgt. 1st Class Lee Oliveras

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JBLM Purple Heart recipient receives new automobile

When 1st Sgt. Jeff Jackson drove into the parking lot at Tacoma Auto Outlet last week, he had a check in hand, ready to pay for his new truck. However, dealership owner Andy Jacobs had other plans. After weeks of fundraising and calling his friends and peers - most of

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Memorial Day ruck march will start in Lacey

When Staff Sgt. Juan C. Lugo deployed to Iraq with the 702nd Brigade Support Battalion, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team in 2010, he had no idea what to expect. He certainly didn't expect to start a tradition, when, in remembrance of his fallen comrades, he marched 13.5 miles in the

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Veterans’ mental health woes on the rise

A 2012 survey conducted by the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and reported recently in the Army Times claimed that 80 percent of wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans reported having combat-related mental health symptoms. More than half of the 2,300 WPP members surveyed said they were depressed - a number the Army

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New Logistics Center coming to JBLM

In case you've been wondering, construction near the old JBLM logistics center sign (off the I-5 freeway) is the beginning of the new Regional Logistics Support Complex (RLSC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.   The four-phase project will provide a single, regional complex that will serve for all Army Material Command (AMC) mission

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The Exchange’s Spouse Continuity Program on JBLM

One of the many challenges facing military spouses is finding gainful employment with each new change of duty station. Many employers aren't willing to invest in someone that will probably leave within three years, so it seems the best job for military spouses is one within the military community. That's

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Update on Staff Sgt. Robert Bales: Soldier being held in his own cell

The U.S. Army staff sergeant, 38 year-old Robert Bales, who allegedly killed 16 Afghans in an early morning incident is being held in pre-trial confinement at the  Midwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility, Fort  Leavenworth, Kansas, a  state-of-the-art, medium/minimum custody facility. The JRCF provides pre-trial confinement

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Tips on finding a job

Finding a job isn't what it used to be-filling out an application in a retail store, turning in resumes on colored paper, or pursuing the streets for shop-window "for-hire" signs-are all things of the past. Virtual networking, on-line applications, and computer-generated reject letters now dominate the job market. Unless it's sales-oriented,

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How to gain work experience and think outside the box

Finding a job isn't what it used to be-filling out an application in a retail store, turning in resumes on colored paper, or pursuing the streets for shop-window "for-hire" signs-are all things of the past. Virtual networking, on-line applications, and computer-generated reject letters now dominate the job market. Unless it's sales-oriented,

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