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JBLM will host new SFAB

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JBLM will host new SFAB

The Department of the Army announced late last week that the new 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) will be stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "We are honored that the Army has chosen JBLM to host one of the active-duty SFABs here," said Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps and JBLM

Great bagels

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Great bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels is a bagel and coffee chain that provides Joint Base Lewis-McChord customers with a delicious variety of bagels. Simply put, a bagel is a round bread made from five ingredients: flour, salt, water, yeast and malt. The dough is boiled and then baked to a rich caramel color;

Construction at JBLM

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Construction at JBLM

Commuters to and from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will have to pardon the construction at the Lewis Main Liberty Gate at Exit 120. Work will begin the beginning of June and should be completed by the end of September. Only two of the four access lanes will be open for incoming traffic

Strong families last

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Strong families last

Leighann and Nathan Trodahl are strong parents. Leighann joined the Army as a way to take control of her own destiny, do something on her own and in the process accomplish something to be proud of. She served honorably for eight years, but her career ended due to a disability. "Even saying

Trained and ready to go

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Trained and ready to go

A C-17 landed smoothly at McChord Field last Sunday morning. Lt. Col. Mike Haedt and Capt. Kyle McElheran, both Reservists assigned to the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing, made it seem easy. The wing provides 1,900 combat-ready Reserve citizen airmen to support worldwide airlift and military operations. Haedt and McElheran taxied the aircraft to

Speaking well for six decades

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Speaking well for six decades

Public speaking is not easy. "I'd rather be fighting the Taliban than doing public speaking," a soldier told John Dawson, a noted public speaker trainer. The soldier's comment is indicative of what many may think when they must speak publically. But if they must, then Toastmasters International is an organization worth considering. The

A conversation on leadership

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A conversation on leadership

Former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Gates will speak at the University of Puget Sound.  The highly decorated statesman, scholar and best-selling author will participate in a discussion titled "A Conversation With Dr. Robert Gates" on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's

Purple Up!

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Purple Up!

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) are proud to participate in activities that underscore the important role military children play in the area's Armed Forces. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child. This observance began in 1986

A bench of history

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A bench of history

The Washington State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (WSSDAR), Mary Ball Chapter, invites the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community to a dedication ceremony at Memorial Park this Sunday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. The event will mark the dedication of a commemorative bench honoring women, with the theme of

New playground for Chloe Clark

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New playground for Chloe Clark

April is designated as Month of the Military Child, and it was established as a way to raise awareness of the important role children play in the military community. This week, KaBoom! and The CarMax Foundation continue their partnership in building community playgrounds, and the two organizations will host 11 community

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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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