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Rider up!

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Rider up!

The Outdoors for All Foundation will soon offer a military mountain biking program to disabled veterans. "I envision this program to be a big place for vets to feel a rush of adrenaline," wrote Bryan Messick, the foundation's military program manager, in an email. The foundation began in 1978 with 15 children

An intellectual Ranger

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An intellectual Ranger

Maj. Diana Ellerman, an Army Reserve officer who serves in a training battalion at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will receive the Army's coveted Pershing Award. The recognition is bestowed on the most distinguished student from the Command and General Staff College Distance Learning Advanced Operations Course. "The award recognizes academic rigor, critical thinking

Fighting for jobs

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Fighting for jobs

For military spouses looking for a job, the task might just get a bit easier. Last week, the Washington House of Representatives passed House Bill 2456, a piece of legislation that fosters greater awareness of job opportunities for military spouses. Next, the bill will move on to the Senate. "This is an

A home against homelessness

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A home against homelessness

Dean had twice experienced homelessness, and he was well down the highway to hopelessness. In December 2016, however, he moved into the Multi-Service Center's new William J. Wood Veterans House (WJW House), and he began to turn his life around. "The homeless thing sucks," the Air Force veteran wrote in an email.

Crunching to fitness

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Crunching to fitness

Lakewood's Crunch Fitness gym offers members of the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community a great opportunity to stay fit and have fun. Crunch Fitness opened in July of last year in the Lakewood Towne Center. It has been a hit with servicemembers and their families. "(More than) 33 percent of our membership is

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Local politicians lead the way

The Intrepid Spirit Center is a reality at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Representing the next evolution of treatment for soldiers with serious head injuries, the $11 million facility aims to advance care by offering special, personalized treatment in a comprehensive program partly supported by private donations. Helping to put the finishing touches on

Unbridled

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Unbridled

Paul Handelman tells stories about everyday people with his mixture of country, bluegrass and honky-tonk music. He describes himself as "unbridled," which became the title track of his debut EP that he released in late 2017. The release showcases Handelman's unique one-man-band style along with the sounds of his banjo picking

All about the finish

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All about the finish

City University of Seattle was recently honored for offering one of the top 50 Best Online Bachelor's Programs in the nation. "U.S. News & World Report announced its annual rankings ... and City University of Seattle was ranked in the nation for the sixth consecutive year, placing at 31," stated a

To a fit new year

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To a fit new year

One way to start the New Year is to participate in a fitness program or play intramural sports. What follows is a listing of the 2018 intramural sports programs. Intramural Sports "Commander's Cup" refers to sports where points are earned to win the Commander's Cup, presented at the end of the season. "Open" refers

Community service

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Community service

Diane Formoso, founder of the Caring for Kids program that serves thousands of underprivileged school-age children and their families in Lakewood and other municipalities, was presented the first Larry Saunders Service Award. In a ceremony in Council Chambers at Lakewood City Hall, friends, city staff and city officials honored Formoso last

1st SFC hosts free viewing

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1st SFC hosts free viewing

The upcoming movie 12 Strong: The Declassified True Story of the Horse Soldiers, will open in theaters Jan. 19. The much-anticipated film is based on the 2009 best-selling book, Horse Soldiers, by Doug Stanton. However, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) will host a free premiere of the film Saturday (Jan. 13)

The Edison 64

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The Edison 64

Retired Master Sgt. Edmund Cox did not know any of the 64 individuals whose names were published in a Nov. 16, 2017, Stars and Stripes article entitled "Remembering The Edison 64." Located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on the corner of Lehigh Ave. and Eighth St., Thomas Alva Edison High School has the

Finger on a wing's pulse

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Finger on a wing's pulse

Col. Sean Pierce is slated to be the 446th Airlift Wing's new commander. A change of command ceremony will be held Saturday, Jan. 6, at 2 p.m. at The Club at McChord Field. Col. Scott McLaughlin will relinquish command; he will be reassigned to March Air Force Base, California, as

Heroism continued

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Heroism continued

What follows is part two of this reporter's look at the actions of servicemembers whose names honor Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The Nisei: Technician Fifth Grade James Okubo At the start of World War II, Okubo was one of the 110,000 individuals of Japanese ancestry to be interred at the Heart Mountain War

Cool driving

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Cool driving

Last month's snow flurries are a reminder that winter is near. As the cold season sets in, it's a good idea to winterize the car. To ensure reliable and safe driving during the cold months, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Have your car's engine oils, fluids, battery,

Heroism four ways

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Heroism four ways

The reading and writing about the servicemembers memorialized in street, installation and building names on Joint Base Lewis-McChord has been a humbling experience. Many received the Medal of Honor, and most made the ultimate sacrifice. What follows are this reporter's thoughts on some of these men, whose names honor JBLM. The Logistician:

Hams for the holidays

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Hams for the holidays

Three organizations banded together to make Christmas a bit merrier for Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Washington National Guard families. For the eighth time, the Association of the United States Army -- Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter, the Air Force Association McChord Chapter, and the Pierce Military and Business Alliance purchased hams for

Base responds to derailment

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Base responds to derailment

Joint Base Lewis-McChord officials, first responders and regular soldiers and airmen responded heroically to Monday's train derailment near DuPont. Amtrak's Cascade 501 was running 30 minutes late Monday morning when it left Tacoma and headed for Portland.   At about 7:34 a.m. just outside of DuPont, the train -- comprised of two

Weathering time

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Weathering time

Last Friday, the 7th Infantry Division ended its celebration of a century of service to the nation. During the event, which was held in front of Harrison Hall, Maj. Gen. Willard Burleson, 7th ID commander, spoke to the spirit of the division. "The Light Fighter statue over there is a visual commitment

All aboard for Christmas

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All aboard for Christmas

There is magic about model trains, especially around Christmas. For the 22nd year in a row, the Washington State Historical Society will host its Model Train Festival. The event takes place Dec. 22 to Jan. 1 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma. The

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