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An elegant hall

Between World War I and World War II, Camp Lewis became Fort Lewis, which in turn took on a pronounced sense of permanence. Many of the pre-WWI buildings were removed and replaced by Neo-Georgian brick buildings with brick facades, sash windows and door cases with fanlights. With the parade ground (now Watkins

Experience equals credits

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Experience equals credits

For servicemembers and veterans, educational opportunities for advancement are close at hand. Two local colleges, Clover Park Technical College and Pierce College, offer excellent programs designed to help servicemembers and veterans obtain a college degree or certificate. When using their post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, current and past servicemembers should also ensure that

Takeoff into history

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Takeoff into history

History was made at McChord Field July 14, 2017. In a change of command ceremony rich in history and steeped in tradition, Col. Rebecca Sonkiss accepted the guidon of the Air Force, thus becoming the first woman to command the 62nd Airlift Wing. She replaces Col. Leonard Kosinski, who will assume new

A trail into local history

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A trail into local history

The Sequalitchew Creek Trail is nearby and a day's travel into a chapter of the city of DuPont's history. While the area was home to Native Americans more than 5,000 years ago, and in more recent times specifically to the Nisqually and Sequalitchew Indians, it entered American history when the United

Grandstaff's legacy

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Grandstaff's legacy

Libraries are quiet places where books - those special strings of words between covers - can be checked out, read and contemplated. The first library at Camp Lewis opened Nov. 28, 1917.  Named the Liberty Library, it was the first military library constructed by the American Library Association. Popular with the

Letters and Legacy

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Letters and Legacy

A letter written in 1945 led Andrew Carroll to begin the Center for American War Letters. Written by a distant cousin, the recollection described his walk through the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald the day after its liberation. "It was one of the most powerful things I had ever read in my

The Infantryman's history

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The Infantryman's history

The opening of Camp Lewis in the middle of World War I Sept. 5, 1917, continued the role of the infantry in American history. In short order, the 91st Division - the Wild West Division - arrived and trained. Soldiers learned close drill, military traditions, bayonet and hand-to-hand combat; they spent

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Real change

Not long ago, a man walked into the offices of the Veterans Lending Group (VLG) thinking it was the offices of the Veterans Administration. That mistake proved to be a blessing. "He was homeless," related Brooke Villano during a recent telephone interview. "We talked to him for a while, learned he had

C-17 named for JBLM

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C-17 named for JBLM

Under sunny, blue skies yesterday afternoon on Delta Ramp at McChord Field, a C-17 was named "The Spirit of Joint Base Lewis-McChord" during a ceremony. About 100 individuals to include Joint Base Lewis-McChord personnel and local civic leaders attended the naming event. "The naming of one of our McChord C-17s ... represents

Scammers posing as soldiers

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Scammers posing as soldiers

The e-mail began with the sentence, "I'm sure you already know that an online scammer, James Troxell, is using CSM John Troxell's military photo and his biographical information to scam women." Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell is currently the third Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of

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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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