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Ideas for military winter break

It’s never too early to begin planning vacation trip plans for the upcoming winter leave in December. Most service members on Joint Base Lewis-McChord will have time off during the weeks of Christmas and New Year’s Day to rest and relax. Through JBLM Leisure Travel Services, several


Three JBLM streets renamed

Three Medal of Honor recipients from the World War II era were honored with street dedications between 2nd and 3rd Division drives of Lewis Main Aug. 31 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. A ceremony took place to memorialize 1st Lt. Arnold Bjorklund, Col. Orville Bloch and 1st Lt.


WA State Fair starts Friday

Whether you’re old school and still call it the Puyallup Fair or simply as The Fair, plan on having plenty of fun Sept. 1 to 24 at the Washington State Fair in Puyallup. Last year, more than 1.1 million people from across the state came to the annual


JBLM parents serve as caddies for young golfers

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Child and Youth Services’ sports department hosted its annual JBLM Parent Caddy Golf Jam Aug. 16 at Eagles Pride Golf Course on Lewis Main. Children, with parents driving their carts, golfed three regular holes and did three more footgolf holes at Eagles


Clover Park apps let parents check grades, receive updates

In today’s technologically-evolved society, it is becoming easier for parents to be informed of how their children are doing in school – especially for parents who are serving on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and other local military installations. Clover Park School District, which operates elementary schools on JBLM,


JBLM Youth Shotgun Fun Shoot

The Joint Base Lewis-McChord Skeet and Trap Range will host the annual JBLM Youth Shotgun Fun Shoot Saturday — an opportunity for youngsters to take a shot at the sport. The event has been popular over the years, and the all-volunteer staff is expecting approximately 90 children

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Military get special discounts at Seafair

Seafair is seen as synonymous with Seattle, especially in the summer. Seafair was originally put together in 1950 to build community — one that includes a military component. Seafair actually kicked off June 14 at Westlake Park, and a variety of events will continue through Aug. 20.

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JBLM gamers prepare for competition

Remember when your parents would walk in on a round or seven on the Nintendo to send you out into the “real world?” They likely said something along the lines of, “You can’t make real money playing video games.” Well, the times have certainly changed, and they were

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McChord officer plays volleyball at high level

Serving in the United States Air Force and the sport of volleyball have been symbiotic for Felicia Clement since graduating high school in 2011. She’s enjoyed a life where the two go hand-in-hand. A second lieutenant for the 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,


Volunteer your pooch for therapy

As a child growing up, Amanda Hackbarth wanted to do therapy work with dogs. For the past 13 years, she’s brought three different German shepherds to numerous hospital visits at Madigan Army Medical Center and the Warrior Transition Battalion on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. With her current dog,

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Sports on JBLM - Year in Review

Like most years, the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community showed they can compete with the best in their respective sporting venues. Active-duty service members, spouses, family members and civilians made headlines throughout 2017 for various athletic achievements. Some service members represent their units in numerous league championships

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502nd MI Bn. wins Commander’s Cup Flag Football Championship

Clark Jones Jr. of 502nd Military Intelligence Battalion, 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade came prepared for the 2017 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander’s Cup Flag Football Championship Oct. 5 at the Lewis North Athletic Complex, leading the offense with 335 passing yards and six touchdowns to help

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Outdoor photography tours hosted via JBLM

Retired Army sergeant first class Kaweka Stoney, an adventure programmer for the Northwest Adventure Center, has always done photography, but he’s become more involved with the art in the last five years. Now as part of the team that provides outdoor adventure trips for the JBLM community,

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JBLM hitter helps Army to gold medal

Whether on a professional baseball field or a softball diamond on a military installation, Sgt. Jedon Matthews of 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division has maintained a strong swing of the bat and a love for the game of baseball and softball. Matthews

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Free salmon Oct.10 for the troops

Service members, veterans and civilians lined up at the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s Clear Creek Hatchery on Joint Base Lewis-McChord for the annual salmon giveaway Sept. 26. The hatchery will host an additional distribution day Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to noon. It didn’t take long for a line

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JBLM team ready for softball showdown Saturday

A few weeks ago, service members from the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron and the Group Support Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne), were battling for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander’s Cup Softball Championship. Rivals become allies as players from both teams will go against a group

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22nd STS wins JBLM Commander’s Cup Softball Championship

Keyton Thiem might not have been the exact description of a walk-off winner with a three-run home run during the JBLM Commander’s Cup Softball Championship, but was the final hit that forced a fifth-inning, 10-run mercy rule to give the 22nd Special Tactics Squadron a 17-6 win

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Madigan neurologist member of U.S. Military Endurance Sports Team

Jodie Bolt has a drive to move. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, she now works as a child neurologist for Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. She’s also a member of the U.S. Military Endurance Sports Team. She qualified for the International Triathlon Union’s World

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JBLM hosted Joint Northwest Regional Warrior C.A.R.E.

Air Force Master Sgt. Earla Webb, currently attached to the Air National Guard’s 165th Airlift Wing in Savannah, Ga., never thought she would be playing sports again after suffering several injuries from a deployment to Afghanistan in 2011. As Webb participated in the third annual Joint Northwest

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1-14 CAV golfers win with back-nine play

Although the 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment team was the lone Army representative in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Commander’s Cup Golf Championship Monday at Whispering Firs Golf Course on McChord Field, the team represented well with a strong finish in the back nine holes. Both two-man best

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