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Way outside the wire

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Way outside the wire

During Cascade Challenge 2018, Maj. Khristopher Krueger used the term "battlefield airmen" to describe the individuals involved in the competition.   "This is about sharpening the skills these airmen bring to the battlefield," the air liaison and chief plans officer of the 1st Air Support Operations Group (ASOG) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord,

Final round of golf

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Final round of golf

There were eight men seated at the table; more stood behind and around it. All of them had one thing in common -- they enjoy playing golf at the Fort Steilacoom Golf Course. The course sits on 105 acres adjacent to Western State Hospital in Lakewood. The land is leased through

Stressed to win

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Stressed to win

Specialist Kevin Gross appeared to be in deep thought as he stood behind a shed located on Range 111. On the other side of the shed another competitor fired an M249 SAW (squad assault weapon) at targets down range. "I have to stand here; I can't look to see what is

Make someone smile

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Make someone smile

Dental care is essential not only to good health but to a good smile. To underscore this fact, the Pierce County Dental Foundation (PCDF) is holding its inaugural A Day for Smiles Sept. 17-21. Since 2003, the PCDF has supported nonprofit organizations dedicated to providing access to dental care and education. The

eSports champion

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eSports champion

SSgt. Eric Mack, a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier, won last weekend's PAX West Street Fighter V eSports championship. Spc. Mikaul McDermid, Sgt. Kalyntae Williams, and 2Lt. Ryan Deopante took second, third and fourth place, respectively. Mack's victory earned him a two-night stay at the Mandalay Bay resort in Las Vegas along with

You’re connected!

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You’re connected!

Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the surrounding municipalities are well connected. This connection informs and strengthens -- both the base and the cities work successfully together to support each other. Not long after 9/11, it became clear that the military and civilian communities needed each other. The ensuing high rate of deployment

Schools to fulfill promise

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Schools to fulfill promise

For parents new to the community, deciding which school to educate one's children is a big decision. The Clover Park School District understands this concern, and it works to ensure that the children in its care receive the best. "Families can expect a welcoming, committed school community, focused on the success of

Neighborhood must-sees

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Neighborhood must-sees

In terms of places to visit and things to do, the area surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord offers a wide variety of historical sites, artistic, and sports venues to visit and enjoy. What follows are four well-known locales that new members to the community will enjoy. Thornewood Castle This English Tudor/Gothic mansion on the

Tall Ships return to Tacoma

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Tall Ships return to Tacoma

A tall ship is coming to Tacoma, and with them comes a sense of 18th century American history. The historic ships Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will visit a number of Washington ports, with the Hawaiian Chieftain docking at the Foss Waterway (705 Dock Street) Thursday and Friday, Aug. 23-24. The creation

Medics compete to be the best

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Medics compete to be the best

A sheen of sweat shone on the face of 1st Lt. David McKeon in the early morning light as he worked on one of two simulated casualties. He worked quickly to assess the patients' conditions and begin the necessary procedures to prepare them for transport to a rear area medical

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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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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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