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Teeing up history

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Teeing up history

Joseph Caster thought whacking a little ball with a big club provided good physical training for his soldiers. Brig. Gen. Caster assumed command of Fort Lewis in 1929, during a period in which a great deal of construction occurred. Soon after taking command, he made it clear that he would leave

Wellness alive on base

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Wellness alive on base

When one has health, that person has everything. It is good to keep this "everything." To that end, the performance triad of optimal exercise, good nutrition and enough sleep are the components of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. "This three-level approach to health is empowerment, and there is demonstrable evidence that shows this makes

Ferriter: "Life is a fight"

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Ferriter: "Life is a fight"

The fight started and ended with a set of hands on a pair of shoulders. "Life is a fight, and in this fight you have to close the distance between yourself and your opponent," said Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Michael Ferriter, as he put his hands on the shoulders of his attacker. "The

Know what you want

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Know what you want

Putting the pieces together in the puzzle of purchasing a home can be challenging. The housing market has shown signs of rebounding from the 2008 housing loan debacle. In conjunction with the improvement of the job market and relatively low interest rates, many individuals are thinking about buying a home. "You want

WWII POWs at Fort Lewis

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WWII POWs at Fort Lewis

In early June 1944, Hans Koerber entered a Rainier, Oregon, café and ordered a cup of coffee. He was cold, hungry and suffering from a leg injury. Unable to communicate clearly with the waitress, he wrote in pencil on a napkin, "I am an escaped German war prisoner." Koerber, along with another prisoner

Good fishing and therapy

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Good fishing and therapy

"I have said for a long time that we can do more good for these men and women in four hours what a psychologist can do in four months," said Elton Hyland, a Navy veteran and a member of Boating For Heroes. "We are humbled when these veterans feel good when

Madigan turns 25

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Madigan turns 25

The "new" Madigan Army Medical Center turned 25 years old at exactly 10 a.m. this past Tuesday morning. Two hours later, a celebration of the center's opening Feb. 28, 1992, began. "I am still in awe of this place and what it stands for," commented Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Leslie Burger, who commanded

A green and white house of history

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A green and white house of history

In 1917 there were almost 2,000 buildings on Camp Lewis, and all of them wore nothing but the splinters of the wood they were made of. There was one exception, though. The Camp Lewis House - sometimes referred to as the Hostess House - wore a coat of white paint with green

History in a dry dock

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History in a dry dock

Sitting on large wooden blocks at the Lake Union Dry Dock Company, the USS Turner Joy (DD-951) looked large and naked. Lifts, generators and other tools surrounded the ship's hull. The gritty remains of sanded-off paint and water converged and covered the bottom of the dock. Once a new coat of high-quality

2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

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2017 Best of Olympia: Burial Grounds

Don't let the black exterior and the ravens migrating through it bother you. Rather, think of the visual as an entry into a unique experience. With this expectation, it is easy to see that Burial Grounds, a coffee shop located in Olympia since 2010, is the polar opposite of a Starbucks

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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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