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New education center name steeped in history

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New education center name steeped in history

The John "Bud" Hawk Education Center is a building with a history. "His life personifies the values of education and dedication to service," said Col. Thomas Brittain, then commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), to an audience that included local dignitaries and four Medal of Honor recipients at the center's dedication ceremony

Rotary-powered education

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Rotary-powered education

Sean Quillin was a problematic student when he watched a helicopter touch down during an event to interest youngsters in the military. "That's when I knew I wanted to fly," he said to a group of high school students last week. "I have wanted to be a pilot since I was twelve

Taking a knee

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Taking a knee

To take a knee means to pause to rest or make adjustments to a course of action. It also means to honor the fallen. Memorial Day presents an opportunity for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities to take a knee and reflect on the service of those who gave the last

Honoring those who pass

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Honoring those who pass

The military is steeped in tradition, and funerals are no exception. One of the more somber of military traditions is the symbolism surrounding a funeral with military honors. The rendering of military funeral honors for an eligible veteran is mandated by law, free of charge, and conducted by an honor guard comprised

Cremation growing in popularity

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Cremation growing in popularity

Cremation is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for families in Washington state. About half a century ago, nearly all who died in the United States were buried and only about four percent were cremated. Since then, economic, societal and religious perspectives have changed from burial to cremation services. According to the latest data

Bataan remembered

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Bataan remembered

Sgt. 1st Class Dan Figuracion was recently laid to rest at Mountain View Funeral Home. His passing marks the end of an era. A decorated World War II veteran who served with the 26th Regiment Cavalry in the Philippines, Figuracion and other Philippine Scouts conducted the last horse-mounted charge against an enemy

Marching in honor

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Marching in honor

A part of Camp Lewis, Fort Lewis and now Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the field takes its name from Master Sgt. Travis Earl Watkins. The eldest of three sons, Watkins was born in 1920 in the small town of Waldo, Arkansas. In time, his family moved to the slightly larger town of Troup,

The public's history

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The public's history

A significant part of America's story is discovered in the nation's military history. Within this history - within the workings of who did what, with what and when - the public begins to understand and appreciate the past events and sacrifices that have shaped the present. "We are the American people's museum,"

An arsenal of history

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An arsenal of history

One of the definitions of the word arsenal is that it is a collection of things that achieve a particular purpose. The purpose of the Washington National Guard Museum on Camp Murray, otherwise known as the Arsenal, is to educate the public and those who serve in the Washington National Guard

First soldier to graduate

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First soldier to graduate

SSgt. Melvin Correa Lopez knows what it feels like to be first. On May 12, he became the first soldier to graduate from City University of Seattle through its partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). The institution, also known as CityU, is a private not-for-profit institution based in Seattle. CityU offers a School

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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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