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Celebrating patriotism

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Celebrating patriotism

In his inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy called out, "Ask not what your country can do for you.  Ask what you can do for your country." Each year, the Puget Sound Chapter of Military Order of the World Wars (MOWW) hosts a Massing of the Colors event to celebrate active-duty

USONW honors airmen with "No Dough Dinner"

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USONW honors airmen with "No Dough Dinner"

Learning how to budget for the last days before a payday can be a complicated mission, thankfully a program is combatting these financial hiccups with complimentary meals like prime rib. The United Service Organization Northwest (USONW) celebrated their 50th "No Dough Dinners" for airmen of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) Feb. 21

Bridges to honor troops?

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Bridges to honor troops?

Travelers taking a trip across the Nisqually River bridges could permanently become reminded of veterans if a legislative bill is passed, which would rename the southbound I-5 bridge to the "Iraq Veterans Bridge" and the northbound name to the "Afghanistan Veterans Bridge". State lawmakers like Senator Steve O'Ban appear to be

HVAC is a perfect fit

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HVAC is a perfect fit

There are a growing number of training opportunities in the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) field, and servicemembers just happen to be a perfect fit for HVAC companies like Pacific Air Systems in Lakewood. "The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the HVAC field will experience growth of twenty-one percent

Assisting veterans in need

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Assisting veterans in need

Anyone familiar with Gold Star Wives and the military supporting community as a whole, has probably heard the name, Arlene Murray. Arlene Murray may no longer be making the primary decisions for local Gold Star Wives in the same capacity, but she is making sure that her name continues to remain

Memories of McChord

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Memories of McChord

As Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) nears its Centennial Celebration, many influential leaders of not only JBLM, but also the community that supports the military, are sharing some of their memories, good and bad, of their tenure at JBLM. Former Chief of the 446th Airlift Wing Public Affairs, Lt. Col. Anna Sullivan

Donating lots of candy

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Donating lots of candy

Save a tooth and treat a troop! That was this year's motto for the Neal Smiles Orthodontics Candy Buy-Back program that helped gather candy around Halloween time to be donated to servicemembers and veterans 2,800 pounds in all. It may not be an easy task to motivate young children to not

Operation Turkey Drop delivers holiday meals

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Operation Turkey Drop delivers holiday meals

"Operation: Turkey Drop is a great cause and it really gets you into the holiday spirit of giving to those who sacrifice so much throughout the year," said Operation: Turkey Drop facilitator, Carlene Joseph.  "It's even more rewarding when you're touching the lives of junior-enlisted military families." The season for holiday giving

Annual Trunk or Treat

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Annual Trunk or Treat

Military families had a spooky good time trick-or-treating with their fellow military and community members on Camp Murray right before Halloween. The Washington National Guard Child & Youth Services Program held their annual Trunk or Treat and Carnival event for hundreds of attendees on Camp Murray, Oct. 29. This event has become

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Give back to the veteran community by volunteering at Soldiers Home

Looking to give back to the veteran community during the holidays? The Washington Soldiers Home in Orting has multiple volunteer opportunities available for those interested in providing a little more holiday cheer for the veteran residents that call this facility home. "Volunteers provide one-on-one visitations, assist with running activity programs, and by

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Freedom Awards await nominations

National Guard and Reserve members serve in the military during their drill weekends, but for the rest of the year, they typically work full-time in careers with civilian employers. This is unlike active-duty servicemembers, who serve in their military capacity full time. "The National Guard and Reserve ‘Citizen-Warriors' accomplish a unique mission,

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Troops for Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks will kick off their first home game of the season at CenturyLink Field Sunday, Sept. 27, hosting the Chicago Bears. This season will see the Seahawks continuing their well-established military support and traditions, with a few new additions from last season as well. "The Seahawks are deeply committed to

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Becoming a LEAN-er military

What makes Lean so engaging across the workforce is its emphasis on a bottom up approach for culture shift. By relying on their own customers, stakeholders, employees and leadership, a larger buy-in focus is used to make changes in some, or all, aspects of a company.  Sometimes just cutting out

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Assistance to servicemembers and their families

It's a common occurrence for servicemembers to not reach out for help until they are "deep into the foxhole." In other words, a majority of servicemembers will wait until their bills have piled up, their savings have been depleted, an eviction notice possibly has been served, employment is gone and

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Washington National Guard hosted its annual menu board selection and food demonstration

The Washington National Guard hosted its annual menu board selection and food demonstration event March 27 in its Aviation Readiness Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord with the goal of selecting this year's new menu items for drilling service members. "Servicemembers need to learn new skills, and those skill sets play a

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Washington National Guard 351st Aviation Support Battalion deploying to Kuwait

Dozens of military helicopters were the background for an important ceremony that took place last weekend at the Washington National Guard's Flight Facility on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. That's because all eyes were on Washington National Guard soldiers from Detachment 1, B Company of the 351st Aviation Support Battalion. Last summer, these servicemembers

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Military major part of Seahawks' NFC Championship game

Staff Sgt. Jerimiah Adkins remembers quite clearly how he learned to love the Seattle Seahawks. "When I was younger, we didn't have a whole lot, but on game days we would all get together and crowd around our little TV and watch the game," he recalled. "During those two hours or

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"Holiday Magic" at Tacoma VFW Post #91

"Christmas this year has been hard on us, especially Thanksgiving," a young Washington National Guard specialist stated while gripping a holiday meal in the main room of the Tacoma VFW Post #91. "We haven't had enough funds to buy our 2-month-old son any gifts." The holidays cause financial stress: shocking holiday

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Words & Photos: National Guard Birthday Run at Camp Murray

"It is important to celebrate the birthday of the Army National Guard in order to take a little time to remember that we are part of an enduring, professional organization built on irreplaceable values with a unified purpose," said Lt. Col. Don Brewer, Washington National Guard Family Programs director. "Sometimes,

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Words & Photos: Operation: Turkey Drop at JBLM and Camp Murray

The Operation: Turkey Drop program, now in its eighth year, helps check off meals from servicemembers' holiday checklists. Servicemembers from a variety of active and National Guard units began receiving turkeys from the program Nov. 25 across Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Camp Murray, offering relief from the financial burdens of holiday

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