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Do civilians get you?

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Do civilians get you?

The growing division between civilians and the military is akin to a long-term marriage that is headed for divorce court. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the perfect marriage - the nice house, the right friends, and a comfortable income. But behind the scenes of this upper middle-class union,

A look back on 9/11

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A look back on 9/11

As Robert Ezelle prepared to go home after the horrendous events of 9/11, he took a last look out over the operations floor in the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) building at McChord Field. "We had those old green radar screens, and those scopes were never blank," he recalled. "But on that

Always serving others

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Always serving others

Amy Shick is involved with Army life. As a youngster she was small, loud and hyperactive. Growing up in Redding, CA, her family always had hamsters, bunnies, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, birds, pigs, donkeys, cows, ponies and horses for her to be with. "Not all at the same time!" she exclaimed. Moving to

A different kind of firefight

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A different kind of firefight

Approximately 200 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment and 23rd Engineer Battalion deployed to northern California Aug. 31 to help in the fight against the Dixie Fire in the Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Plumas National Forest. Both units are part of the

Former soldier concerned about VA letter

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Former soldier concerned about VA letter

The Department of Veterans Administration recently mailed a letter to some veterans that begins by informing them that they may qualify for disability benefits but one local attorney who is also impacted as a former soldier expressed concerns. The letter from the VA states the following: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Excellence at work

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Excellence at work

A page in the history of the Washington National Guard was turned a week ago on the parade grounds of Camp Murray during an End of Mission Ceremony for Joint Task Force (JTF) Steelhead. Steelhead was the name of the Guard's response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 15, 2020 to

Gandalf and artillery

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Gandalf and artillery

In 1976 a bored Gordon Jay wandered into a recruiter's office. "I was attending college at Centralia Community College, but I had to wait for the guy who carpooled with me from Elma to finish his classes," began the retired warrant officer. "I started talking to the guy, and the rest

A citizen-soldier and history

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A citizen-soldier and history

Rick Patterson has been involved with the Washington National Guard since he was a youngster. "My family spent many summers on American Lake, and we stayed in National Guard-owned camping trailers parked at the Guard's beach there," he began. "Later, when both my brother and I were ready to enlist for service,

A chief’s advice

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A chief’s advice

While playing Babe Ruth League baseball in 1976 at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Tim Gorden broke his neck. As a result, he spent six months in neck traction devices before undergoing fusion surgery. "The life lesson here is that regardless of what you believe is not recoverable and devastating is rarely that," wrote

Defending against cyber attacks

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Defending against cyber attacks

Breaking News - A recent cyber-attack on a civilian company has resulted in the polluting of a small town's water supply. "The attackers are inside the network of this company," explained Maj. Sameer Puri, Washington Army National Guard, Chief Information Officer, "and they are using ‘cyber injects' to resist our attempts

A master of integration

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A master of integration

1Lt. Brett Cox is a master of integration; he is a generalist as opposed to a specialist; he knows a great deal about a great many disciplines and applies that knowledge is a practical way. "My spectrum of passions ranges from water sports, outdoor hobbies, cars and all things aviation to

Two circles of service

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Two circles of service

There are two circles of events which characterize Command Sergeant Major Brian Rikstad's service in the Washington Army National Guard as he nears the end of a 39-year career in uniform. The arc of his service began in the wake of the Mount St. Helens eruption in 1980. He watched on

Fighting cyberattacks

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Fighting cyberattacks

In his line of service, Maj. Sameer Puri knows a lot about cybersecurity. He is a Title 32 Active Guard and Reserve member of the Washington Army National Guard. In this role not only does Puri serve as the Director of Information, he is also the team chief for the Defensive

Cleaning with pride

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Cleaning with pride

Mark Herr said that concentrated effort is an excellent way to achieve one's business goals. "It takes hard work," the Army veteran began. "In war zones and in recruiting, I learned that I had to go out and get what I wanted, even if there were several other people who wanted

Bringing music to the people

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Bringing music to the people

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott Pierson understands the power of music. "We have the great privilege of interacting with the citizens of Washington as citizen soldiers because we all live and work in Washington," Pierson, commander of the 133rd Army Band, Washington Army National Guard (WAARNG), wrote in an email. "In some

New USO manager brings experience

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New USO manager brings experience

USO Northwest recently welcomed David Dutcher as the new manager of its Camp Lewis Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). "Due to the pandemic, the center has been closed for a little over a year," said the native of Mississippi, "and I would say that my two biggest challenges are bringing

Celebrating the Fourth

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Celebrating the Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. For service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it provides a number of opportunities for fun and fireworks. The recent easing of restrictions due to COVID-19 did not allow event organizers enough time to

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Trident University International specializes in online classes for military members.

Trident University International may be theplace to attend online classes for those seekingto gain the education to advance their careers. A private online for-profit university locatedin Cypress, California, it offers associate,bachelor's, master's and doctoral degreeprograms, as well as certificates in business,health sciences, education and informationsystems.   In order to help prospective students find

Suing for medical malpractice

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Suing for medical malpractice

On June 17, 2021 the Pentagon released guidelines on how service members can sue the Department of Defense for medical malpractice. For decades this has not been allowed. According to information published in the Federal Register, the Pentagon will begin next month to pay service members or their estates for substantiated

The 411 on TMS

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The 411 on TMS

Transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, is a noninvasive method of brain stimulation therapy that uses electromagnetic pulses to stimulate nerve cells. Primarily used to treat depression, TMS has helped individuals who do not respond to antidepressant medication and psychotherapy. In 2008 the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved TMS for this

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