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The cone machine sitting in Building 25 on the campus of Clover Park Technical College serves as a perfect representative of 21st century mechatronic automation. The aluminum-built, 500-pound mechanism's function is simple: to efficiently insert small silver washers into larger blue cones. "Currently, the company that asked us to design and build

A hero passes

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A hero passes

Medal of Honor recipient Joe Jackson passed last Sunday. He was 95. A retired Air Force colonel, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the War in Vietnam. During Monday evening's Lakewood City Council meeting, Mayor Don Anderson called for a moment of silence in acknowledgement of

The Puzzle Masters

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The Puzzle Masters

Escape rooms are like old television detective shows, or modern-day reality dramas, where participants work together through a cluster of clues to solve a puzzle, and thereby escape from the room. "The experience allows our guests to immerse themselves in an entirely different world," said David Lamb, owner and CEO of

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Out of the hole

"Catholic Community Services (CCS) was paramount to pull me out of a suicidal hole," the retired Army veteran said in a CCS press release. "I asked for help, and help was given. I cannot believe that these programs are out there for veterans." After 20 years of service, the Whidbey Island

STEM dollars for military students

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STEM dollars for military students

The Clover Park School District was recently notified that it will receive a five-year Department of Defense (DoD) grant to encourage the development of teaching curriculum and assessment tools for use in the district's schools that have high levels of military-connected students. The district is the 26th largest in Washington state

The magic of Christmas

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The magic of Christmas

Christmas Wish is a program that brings the magic of the holidays to the families of wounded warriors. Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors (HSWW) began the program in 2009. "Christmas is a magical time of the year," said Janice Buckley, founder and president of HSWW (a 501c3 nonprofit). "But for some of

An empty kennel

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An empty kennel

Erica Jong, an American novelist, satirist and poet, once wrote that "Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss." Maiko, a 7-year-old multi-purpose canine (MPC) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, lived and died by those words. "He

Largest deployment in nine years

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Largest deployment in nine years

Ever since its establishment as the 446th Troop Carrier Wing in April, 1955, the current 446th Airlift Wing (Reserve) at McChord Field has distinguished itself in its service to the country. At specific times to be determined in 2019, nearly 300 members of the wing will deploy in what is the

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Comcast NBCUniversal has long been at the forefront of respecting and honoring the sacrifices made by veterans to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. "We've been hiring veterans for decades," retired Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, senior vice president of military and veterans' affairs, wrote in an email. "Our company founder, Ralph Roberts,

Ham grenades find their mark

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Ham grenades find their mark

Sgt. Maj. Michael Shilo, Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), made his thanks clear. "We are very thankful for your help in making this holiday season a good one for our soldiers and their families," he said yesterday morning to an assembly of community leaders and soldiers. "Operation Ham Grenade and the efforts to

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McChord Flightline Chatter

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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Tacoma honors veterans at War Memorial Park

Remembrance is a simple experience. At exactly 11 a.m. at the War Memorial Park in Tacoma, several hundred veterans, family members, friends and a handful of elected officials met on a cold and windy morning overlooking the Narrows Bridges to remember all veterans. "We are here to pay honor to those who

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I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza discusses Veterans Day with Lakewood students

Veterans Day can be described simply as the day set aside to honor our country's veterans. "This is about service, about the sacrifices that give us our rights, liberty and environment," explained Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza this afternoon to the student body of St. Francis Cabrini School. Invited by the school to

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