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Living history next week

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Living history next week

The English archaeologist and author John Still once said, "the memories of men are too frail a thread to hang history from." History demands that some of its lesser-known chapters be revisited so that the actions and words of those involved at a certain point and place in time are not

Roasted with honor

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Roasted with honor

Editor's Note:  For security reasons, only the first name of the interviewee is used. The roasting of coffee beans is for one Special Forces veteran a blend of art and science situated in history and lived with remembrance and honor. "From the Devil's Brigade and other guerilla units in World War II

Vigil at Iron Mike

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Vigil at Iron Mike

At the intersection of 41st Division Dr. and Tacoma Ave. on Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands an 18-foot statue. Representative of an early Vietnam-era infantryman, he holds high in his right hand an M14 in a "follow me" pose. Commonly referred to as "Iron Mike," the sculpture recognizes and memorializes the service of

An enduring history

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An enduring history

The 91st Infantry Division occupies a slender chapter in the 100-year history that characterizes Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Built in 1917, Camp Lewis cost the least to build and was constructed in the least amount of time. A Congressional subcommittee investigating war expenditures wrote that Camp Lewis "was the cheapest, best, and

Two is better than one

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Two is better than one

As the nation's economy continues to improve and unemployment rates continue to drop, job opportunities abound. To help connect veterans with this economic rebirth, AMVETS Alvah R. Dravis, Post 1, is hosting an American Veterans Hiring Event.  This is the 17th year that the post, located at 5717 South Tyler St.

Golf in the snow

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Golf in the snow

The rain and snow were no impediment to golfers on a mission. Approximately 175 golfers showed up at Eagles Pride Golf Course to participate in the 17th Annual Turkey Shoot and Holiday Support Golf Tournament Nov. 3. America's Credit Union sponsored the event, which assists Joint Base Lewis-McChord servicemembers during the holiday

USO to open new center on JBLM

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USO to open new center on JBLM

The United Service Organizations, or USO, continually works to strengthen America's military members by keeping them connected to family, home and country. To that end, the USO Northwest will soon open the new Camp Lewis USO Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The site is scheduled to be dedicated Monday, Nov. 20, at

Making a difference

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Making a difference

This Saturday is Veterans Day. It is a day loaded with history. It is a day set aside to honor all veterans -- past and present -- in order to remember and thank them for their service. This history surrounding this day is simple:  On the 11th hour of the 11th day

Moving toward another 52 years

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Moving toward another 52 years

Important events often begin as an idea. In the early 1960s in the midst of the Cold War, this country was at war in Vietnam. The war was divisive, and by the end of 1964 protests against the war began to dominate the news. Some people in Auburn  took note, and one

Cavalry in the park

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Cavalry in the park

The convergence of Veterans Day with the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Great War in 1917, allows for moments of reflection about all veterans who have served. One of these moments will occur Friday, Nov. 10, at AMVETS, hosted by Tacoma Buffalo Soldiers' Museum. To recall the start of World

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555 Able fund helps all

Being able to commit to an ideal is a worthy endeavor. That's the reason why there is a 555 Able Soldier and Family Fund to support the soldiers and families of the 555th Engineer Brigade, or Triple Nickel. The brigade's motto is "Willing and Able." The brigade is comprised of three battalions totaling

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A marathon history lesson

The lessons of history are sometimes bittersweet. "There is a hallowed piece of Ranger history here," commented Spc. Sheldon Evans, as we sat and talked in the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment's Combat Readiness Training Center, or CRTC. The bond between Rangers runs from the Revolutionary War to the present. The history

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No land swap

The hope that the city of Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord could affect a land swap has fallen through. An effort to relocate businesses in McChord Field's "impact area," the land most adjacent to the runway, to different property that the Joint Base would offer up, won't move forward as hoped. Development

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Military families turned out for party at Marymount Car Museum

Five-year-old Isabelle Poole sat quietly as a barber trimmed her hair. "We're fixing her hair," her mother, Karen Poole, said. "This past Thursday she tried cutting her own hair, so today's event came at a good time for us to stop by," she added with a thin smile. I began to get the

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Citizenship highlighted at Mt. Tahoma's JROTC competition

Cody McCartney stood ramrod straight at attention. In front of him stood a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet from the University of Washington. The inspector looked and sounded serious. Very serious. One of 21 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion, McCartney, a senior, faced a

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Aficionado Cigar Lounge in Tacoma expands service

The Aficionado Cigar Lounge serves as a refuge for those seeking a spot to smoke a fine cigar. "This is a great place to come and enjoy one," commented Brian Larson as he relaxed next to Mr. Punch, the wooden statue just inside the front door that greets customers. Mr. Punch, an

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47th Combat Support Hospital leads efforts to raise cancer research funding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are 175,000 reasons to shave your head. That number represents the children who are annually diagnosed with cancer. Their fight against this deadly disease is an uphill brawl; more children in this country die of cancer than any other disease. Saturday afternoon in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Special Events Tent,

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A Sip of Community: Tacoma's Odd Otter Brewing offers novel experience

In the orchestra of craft beers, the Odd Otter Brewing Company sits first chair. And those chairs happen to sit in an historic building in downtown Tacoma. Wedged in at 716 Pacific Ave., the building's history and the beers served therein create a sense of connectivity to the community. "Tacoma is

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Mayor of Lakewood wins bet with JBLM commander

It looks like Joint Base Lewis-McChord's commander, Col. Chuck Hodges, will be making good on his bet with Lakewood's mayor, Don Anderson. The city and JBLM enjoy a very good relationship that both Anderson and Hodges prize. But that didn't stop them from making a friendly wager on the outcome of

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Servicemembers held for Ebola monitoring at JBLM go home

Technical Sgt. Joe Greene happily returned home to Montana late Tuesday afternoon. "I was ready to get back to my family for Christmas," he said during a telephone interview from his home in Montana. "I missed Thanksgiving with them." One of 15 individuals monitored for Ebola symptoms, Greene spent 21 days in

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