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Reading and learning paid off for Patriots Landing veteran

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Reading and learning paid off for Patriots Landing veteran

John Coucoules' life has been one of ups and downs, but throughout it all he has persevered by reading and learning as much as he could. Born in Savannah, Georgia in 1927, he currently resides at Patriots Landing. He related how at the age of five he moved a chair to reach

From filling sandbags to secretary of state

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From filling sandbags to secretary of state

The Washington National Guard is comprised of more than 8,000 citizen soldiers and airmen dedicated to the mission of safeguarding Washington state and, if need be, the United States. "The National Guard is the only service where you can fill up sandbags and help your neighbor, put out a fire, and

Public affairs soldier sets example

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Public affairs soldier sets example

Sgt. Laurie Wash believes that journalism is a great way to learn valuable lessons and apply them in her role as a non-commissioned officer. "I think journalism is a great place for people who have a diverse number of interests because it allows you to peek behind the curtain into many

Guard commander offers invite to join National Guard

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Guard commander offers invite to join National Guard

Growing up the son of a career Army soldier who retired from then Fort Lewis, Bryan Grenon learned the value of hard work, dedicated involvement, and setting and meeting high standards. "He did it through sheer presence," Grenon began, "and he made me want to do my best and fight through

Retired SEAC John Troxell reflects on his service

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Retired SEAC John Troxell reflects on his service

The Army made John Troxell. "I would say that joining the Army was the greatest influence in my life," began the retired Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (SEAC). "Prior to that, I had no purpose, motivation, direction or inspiration to achieve or reach my

A holistic fitness program: H2F is more than just push-ups

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A holistic fitness program: H2F is more than just push-ups

Holistic health is characterized by a comprehension of the parts of one's well-being as being interconnected and explained only by reference to one's whole body. With regard to the continuing efforts to move forward with its Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) program, in Army-speak this means that a soldier's health includes

WA ANG’s top officer lives lessons learned

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WA ANG’s top officer lives lessons learned

Brig. Gen. Gent Welsh, Commander, Washington Air National Guard (WA ANG), is most proud of the six years he spent as an enlisted airman. "I started with nothing, and I've gone from Airman Basic to now the General Officer ranks," he began, "and my foundation was laid down as an enlisted

From burn pits to kitchen sinks: The big problem of toxic exposures

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From burn pits to kitchen sinks: The big problem of toxic exposures

The images of and stories about service members suffering chronic illnesses and various cancers after throwing waste items into burn pits during combat operations over the past two decades only presents a part of the toxic exposure problem the military faces. While it is clear that burn pits do release toxins

Tattooing as history and art

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Tattooing as history and art

First Lieutenant Evan Myers watched as Raleigh Bamer pulled back the piece of tattoo tracing paper that left a stencil of a wizard on his right leg just above the ankle. This is not the first time Myers has seen this. He estimated he had been tattooed 15 times and that

More DoD guidance on shots

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More DoD guidance on shots

The good news for the Defense Department is that the vast majority of military members have been vaccinated for COVID, so there won't be a mass exodus of troops come December's deadline. By all recent indications, roughly 90 to 95% of the force has complied with the mandate, with those numbers

Flexibility in education

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Flexibility in education

Education is vital to the building and maintaining of a career in both the civilian and military sectors. For many working adults and soldiers, this education has to have a degree of flexibility. UMass Global (University of Massachusetts Global) is one such educational experience designed to help individuals who have busy

Pushing to confidence

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Pushing to confidence

Sgt. Cuatro Ramirez watched as Spc. Austin Donnelly and PV2 John Springer did a dozen push-ups in the sage and sand of the Yakima Training Center.  "They are eager to learn and to work," Ramirez said, "and most important they are confident and motivated; they are outstanding soldiers." "It's pretty high speed,"

Taking the fight to depression

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Taking the fight to depression

Dr. Kalyan Dandala believes that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is the future of psychiatry. "It is the next generation of treatment," he said. "There is not a shortage of people suffering from depression anxiety; there is, however, a lack of awareness about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation." Dandala is working to change this. While working

Helicopters. Respect … or racism

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Helicopters. Respect … or racism

The Defense Department is moving quickly to re-name military bases named after Confederate leaders, at the same time major league sports teams and high schools have removed images and names related to Native Americans. Which, begs the question, are helicopters next? How one person perceives another person is a natural occurrence.

AUSA serves you

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AUSA serves you

At the end of World War II, the United State Army was quickly reduced in size.  Congressional support for funding and maintaining even an adequate land power force was not politically popular. Recognizing this challenge, a number of Army leaders knew that the Army could survive as a viable force if

UFOs vs. your unit

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UFOs vs. your unit

The science fiction television series, Invasion premieres on Apple TV Oct. 22, which begs the question, could your military unit defeat an alien insurrection? Experts will tell you that an opponent cannot be defeated if the defender does not know or understand the opponent. Situational awareness on the battlefield is everything.

Hearing loss due to military service?

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Hearing loss due to military service?

Listen closely. In July of 2018 the Department of Justice announced that the 3M Company, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold for over a decade the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military without disclosing

CFC: Meet the face of change

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CFC: Meet the face of change

Retired Army Colonel Julie Martin perfectly summed up the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign when she wrote, "It represents the annual opportunity for military and federal employees and retirees to ‘give where they live' to their favorite charity." Well aware of the hardships the current pandemic has had on many

CFC: Helping to find hope

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CFC: Helping to find hope

From a borrowed soup kettle, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission began in 1932 to feed and care for those suffering during the Great Depression. "Now we love and care for thousands of our homeless neighbors every day throughout the greater Seattle area," wrote Ashley Carver, the mission's marketing project specialist. "Our mission

CFC: The saint that keeps giving

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CFC: The saint that keeps giving

St. Vincent de Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a welcoming community of individuals committed to offering person-to-person service to those in need. "We are one of the best kept secrets in helping others," commented Tracy Peacock, executive director, as she walked through a well-organized reception yard. "We help those in need,

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