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Restoring JBLM history

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Restoring JBLM history

Gordon Ponsford walked under and around a Douglas B-23 Dragon aircraft as he explained the finer points of airplane restoration. "Note the perfect line between the blue and the white here on the emblem on this wing," he said. "It is hand-painted," continued Ponsford, "and that means if we have to take

Harley-Davidson opens the throttle on caring

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Harley-Davidson opens the throttle on caring

In 1901, a man by the name of William Harley completed a blueprint of an engine designed to propel a bicycle. For the next two years, he and his friend, Arthur Davidson, worked on the "motor-bicycle" in a small machine shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their engineering efforts proved successful, and the

Celebrating conservation, connecting with nature

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Celebrating conservation, connecting with nature

Biologist Rachel Carson once noted, "... conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we will say our work is finished." In line with this thought, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in conjunction with the Tacoma Sportsmen's Club, will host a free

Dirt therapy

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Dirt therapy

Veterans Back 40 Adventure engages in "dirt therapy" by opening up the throttle of life by connecting veterans to their peers, loved ones, and themselves through dirt bike riding. As to its name, veterans comprise the organization; Back 40 refers to the training area on most military installations; and Adventure is

Mobility Guardian 2019

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Mobility Guardian 2019

The stage is set for Air Mobility Command's (AMC) premier, large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 (MG19) exercise. Hosted by the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings located at Fairchild Air Force Base, the exercise is scheduled to take place Sept. 8-28. Over 2,500 airmen from across the United States and from

Bring strength to your military home

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Bring strength to your military home

Dr. Casey Taft was wrapping up his residency at a Veterans Administration hospital when 9/11 happened. Soon after, he became aware of reports about the difficulties military families were experiencing after deployments. In 2002, the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) came to light when four women were killed by their

TEACH-NOW

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TEACH-NOW

There is a global demand for kindergarten thru 12th grade teachers. To meet the need, Washington, D.C.-based TEACH-NOW offers prospective teachers an activities-based, collaborative learning-to-teach program. The online teacher preparation program takes candidates nine months to complete before they are certified. "This program is really built on the delivery model of activity-based,

Main Street pride

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Main Street pride

The pride a city has in itself is almost always found on Main Street. A generic pair of words used to denote the primary retail street of a town or small city, Main Street is usually comprised of shops and retailers that form the city's central business district. But more than that,

Lightning Challenge strikes!

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Lightning Challenge strikes!

A rather tired-looking Capt. Gerald Montgomery opened his eyes and said, "There is a great deal of respect that comes with this competition," the officer attached to Detachment 1, 20th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) said, "and the units represented here from around the world sent only their best TACPs." TACP

A constant for 20 years

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A constant for 20 years

Colonel Scovill Currin believes that Team McChord's best service is the standard for all others to follow. "Team McChord has set the standard since the opening day," the commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing said last Friday morning as he stood on the port side of the Spirit of McChord, the

Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

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Best of Tacoma 2019: LeMay - America’s Car Museum

One of the many best things about Tacoma is the LeMay - America's Car Museum (ACM). Located next to the Tacoma Dome, the museum is a celebration of America's love affair with the automobile. "The museum is magnificent," Renee Crist, Curator of Collections, said. "The ACM is a jewel here in Tacoma." This

Washington Air National Guard steps up recruiting

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Washington Air National Guard steps up recruiting

The Washington Air National Guard wants you -- or someone you know -- to seriously consider enlisting. "The WA ANG offers the opportunity for anyone interested in investing in themselves through a commitment to service in our communities, our state and our nation through career-driven training and hands-on experience," said Senior

Transporting the best with service

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Transporting the best with service

For veterans seeking employment, the Bremerton-Kitsap Airporter, Inc. (kitsapairporter.com) will offer the opportunity at the Dream Big Career Fair July 20. "I look for personable and outgoing individuals to work for us," wrote veteran Lauri Smith, the company's operation manager, in an email. "The veterans and military retirees who work here are

AIMing high

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AIMing high

The sky truly is the limit in building a career in the growing aviation maintenance field. "We welcome all servicemembers who are interested in this career field," said Yvette Wilson, a business development representative for the Aviation Institute of Maintenance (AIM). "This is a high-interest in-demand field, and AIM is here to

AAFES goes where you go

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AAFES goes where you go

For over a century, the Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) has played a vital role in maintaining the military's readiness, recruiting and retention. "Our motto is ‘We Go Where You Go,' and one of the Exchange's core values is ‘family serving family,'" said Alexandra Pirkle, corporate communication writer and

C-17 reaches 20-year milestone

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C-17 reaches 20-year milestone

Two decades ago, on this upcoming July 30, the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field received its first C-17 Globemaster III. Named "The Spirit of McChord" with the tail number 98-0052, it has been joined by 48 others since then in carrying out the wing's mission of supporting worldwide

CID, K-9 units begin partnership

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CID, K-9 units begin partnership

The communication between Spc. Elaina Hitt and Goro, a 96-pound, male German Shepherd, ran up and down the nylon leash. "Military Working Dogs, or MWDs, are very intelligent, well-trained, and highly motivated," said the dog handler assigned to the 95th Military Police Detachment, "and Goro is one of the best." He soon

Two arms that won’t give up

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Two arms that won’t give up

"We all have our down days," John Peck said from the east coast by telephone, "but we can overcome them." This Marine speaks from experience.  During his first deployment to Iraq in 2007, Peck's vehicle struck an improvised explosive device (IED); the explosion caused traumatic brain injury, amnesia, and an end to

A classy marina on American Lake

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A classy marina on American Lake

The Russell Landing Marina on American Lake honors the service and memory of Admiral James Russell. Growing up on the lake where he learned to sail, Russell never forgot its importance in his life. After a 40-year career in the Navy -- culminating in his serving as Commander-in-Chief of the North

It’s time for SummerFEST!

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It’s time for SummerFEST!

It's summertime, which means there are great festivals to attend. One of the biggest and best in the Puget Sound region is the Lakewood SummerFEST. Situated in the city's Fort Steilacoom Park, this summer extravaganza hosted nearly 45,000 in 2018, and it is poised to surpass that number this year. Kicking off

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