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Buying your first home

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Buying your first home

Home is one of the most personal places people know. It's a mindset that provides for and shapes the thoughts of security, identity and comfort. And for those individuals thinking about taking the important step of purchasing their first home, America's Credit Union stands ready to help. "It is an excellent

Aviators take to the skies once again

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Aviators take to the skies once again

In conjunction with May being Military Appreication Month, Comcast recently released "The Aviators" ad campaign to honor the nation's veterans, service members and their families. "For more than 60 years, Comcast had had a special relationship with the military community ... and we're proud to reaffirm that commitment again today," said

Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

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Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) is the branch of the Army that shapes and makes the service what it is. "Our first charge by the Department of Defense is in its enduring mission ‘to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation," explained  Virgil

Spring into cleaning your financial house

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Spring into cleaning your financial house

The annual ritual of spring cleaning provides an opportunity to prep the flower beds, reorganize the garage and cleaning up around the house. With that said, however, the season also lends itself into putting one's money house in order. This may mean taking the time to look over financial accounts, from

ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

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ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

Over the course of this year, America's Credit Union (ACU) will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary with its members and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. "Through various celebratory events, support opportunities and member recognition, we'll be launching ‘70 Acts of Kindness' to commemorate our anniversary and demonstrate our continued commitment to

TMS with a purpose

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TMS with a purpose

A joke in high school led Kris Peterson to help others. "Some of my friends were interested in the military, and one day they put an application to West Point on my desk as a joke," began the native of Lakewood, WA. "I was not a military person, I was much

It’s about helping Wounded Warriors

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It’s about helping Wounded Warriors

Tony Anderson's life is about helping others. "When I was growing up, I learned that it was good to help other people," the native of Tacoma and former Marine began. "I've never forgotten the people who helped me and my mom." Retired from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, he has volunteered

LTG William ‘Bill’ Harrison passes

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LTG William ‘Bill’ Harrison passes

When asked to describe an act that defined Lakewood Mayor (Emeritus) and retired Army Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison, Council Member Mike Brandstetter argued there were "lots of stand-out actions." He explained that at a council meeting years ago a resident commented that he was not an important individual. "Mayor Harrison

JBLM’s TAPs is the best in the west

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JBLM’s TAPs is the best in the west

Making the transition from military life to civilian life can be a challenge. In order to help service members understand this change, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands ready to help. The program's mission is to prepare and connect service members  to the resources needed to

Voting for CPSD’s students

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Voting for CPSD’s students

The Clover Park School District exists to create promising futures by providing educational programs in order to prepare its students for the careers of tomorrow. Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts six CPSD schools: Beachwood Elementary, Carter Lake Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Meriwether Elementary and Rainier Elementary. While the district receives state

Heroes on the Water

Military Life

Heroes on the Water

When Tony Isaac retired from the Air Force,  he decided to treat himself to a gift. "I wanted a fishing boat as a retirement gift and decided a kayak was the way to go," he began. "I really enjoyed the peace and quiet of being on the water in a kayak

A fun day is about fun

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A fun day is about fun

Fun is about amusement, enjoyment, entertainment, merrymaking and respite. But one thing is for sure - fun is easily recognizable. Tommy Carson, the Military Relations Liaison at America's Credit Union (ACU) on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, likes to have and share fun with others. To this end, he came up with the

Leading with the best version of herself

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Leading with the best version of herself

A pat on her shoulder did wonders. "In the fifth and sixth grades I had a teacher named Mrs. Reeder," began retired Col. Kirsten Brunson. If she praised you, you really deserved it - a pat on my shoulder had me floating for a week." Born in Florida and raised in Maryland,

Mindset is everything

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Mindset is everything

Over 30 years ago, a non-commissioned officer took an interest in then Pvt. Shawn Carns. It's a lesson he has not forgotten. "He is the NCO who made me the soldier that has allowed me to get to where I am right now," began now I Corps' Command Sergeant Major Carns,

Ghosts ready to fight

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Ghosts ready to fight

If the end state of armed conflict is winning, it is best to be unfair about it. "Our brigade has got to be ready to go to war and fight to win - this is what we train for," commented Col. Kwenton Kuhlman, commander, 1st Brigade, 2nd Stryker Combat Team, 7th

Recognition at last

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Recognition at last

It took over three quarters of a century for Harvey Drahos, a World War II Army veteran, to receive his Purple Heart for wounds he suffered during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. "It's unbelievable, just unbelievable," the century old former corporal said before the beginning of a celebration attended by

Embracing the challenges

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Embracing the challenges

Donna and Frank Handoe work to help service members and their families navigate the challenges they face both during and after their time in uniform. "I married Frank 32 years ago and began serving in the Military Family programs," Donna began. "I felt that being involved would help me embrace this

Madigan’s community service investment

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Madigan’s community service investment

President Abraham Lincoln observed that a child is an individual who is going to continue what a society values. This belief was recently acted upon by a team of medical professionals from the Madigan Army Medical Center's, Department of Family Medicine's Family Medicine Residency when it recently provided free fall sports

Unit cohesiveness at its best

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Unit cohesiveness at its best

The Week of the Bayonet & Families 2023 is a time-honored event at Joint Base Lewis-McChord that reflects on the 7th Infantry Division's lineage,  enhances unit cohesion and fosters Esprit de Corps throughout the division. The event began this past Monday with a Family Fun Run. On Tuesday and Wednesday soldiers

Visit the remodeled USO Camp Lewis Center

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Visit the remodeled USO Camp Lewis Center

Since 1941 the United Service Organizations (USO) Northwest has supported the area's service members and their families while adapting to meet their needs. "Today's USO continuously adapts to the needs of our men and women in uniform and their families," said Don Leingang, Executive Director of USO Northwest in a recent

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