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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

C-17s return to McChord

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C-17s return to McChord

McChord Field's C-17s have returned. Since the work began in March, the base's 10,100-foot runway has undergone a number of much needed improvements.  Its reopening was marked by a C-17 touching down at 10 a.m. this past Tuesday. Seventeen more aircraft landed throughout the day, bringing airmen and equipment back

Muscling up to compete

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Muscling up to compete

Bodybuilders are athletes who, through hard physical work and planned nutrition, chisel their bodies into works of art. In talking about his attitude about bodybuilding, noted bodybuilder Arnold Schwarzenegger once said, "You look at your body and it doesn't even seem to belong to you. It's like a sculpture." On Saturday, June

Engineering for the future

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Engineering for the future

The engineers had completed their work, and yesterday morning they watched and listened as the result of their hard work was recognized. "There is a legacy here," said Lt. Gen. Gary Volesky, I Corps Commanding General, moments before cutting a red ribbon to open the new Observation Point 10 Trench Training

Memorial Day’s Flower

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Memorial Day’s Flower

The red poppy has served as a symbol of remembrance on Memorial Day for almost a century. Millions of the red crepe paper poppies have been distributed in exchange for donations that support the welfare of veterans, active military personnel and their families. The wearing of red poppies on Memorial Day is

The merit of Memorial Day

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The merit of Memorial Day

Mike Brown held out his red cap. The words "Blue Max" bracketed a blue Maltese Cross with gold eagles between the arms. On the body of the cross appear the French words "Pour le Me'rite." They translate as "For Merit," and they characterize some of Brown's life and thinking. "I am an

Planning for respect and dignity

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Planning for respect and dignity

Foresight is the act or power of foreseeing, and it is characterized by prudence and planning. This ability is never clearer -- and more needed -- than for end-of-life planning. Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory presents seminars which provide valuable information to veterans and their families to allow them

Cremation grows in popularity

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Cremation grows in popularity

Cremation is rapidly becoming the preferred choice for families and friends to pay their last respects to those who have passed. About half a century ago, nearly all who died in the United States were buried and only about four percent were cremated. Since then, economic, societal and religious perspectives have changed

The 13 folds of the flag

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The 13 folds of the flag

At military funerals, there is a storied history and etiquette that surrounds the folding of the American flag. Before being stored overnight or presented at a funeral, the Honor Guard will form a triangular pillow out of the flag with only the blue-starred field showing on the outside. The flag is

The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

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The Avenue of Flags at Mountain View

Moving a wheelbarrow full of wet cement is a hard chore, especially on a recent, warm Saturday at Mountain View Funeral Home, Memorial Park and Crematory. "Manual labor -- you have to respect it," commented Kimball Jardine as he sat on a pile of cedar lumber. "Not only do you appreciate the

Taking a knee

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Taking a knee

To take a knee means to pause to rest or make adjustments to a course of action. It also means to honor the fallen. Memorial Day presents an opportunity for the Joint Base Lewis-McChord and surrounding communities to take a knee and reflect on the service of those who gave the last

Compassionate service

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Compassionate service

To be compassionate is to see suffering and then work to alleviate it. "It takes a deep-rooted level of compassion to train for and respond to the needs of those who are suffering at all hours of the day," explained Ben Harris, chaplain and executive director of Tacoma-Pierce County Chaplaincy (TPCC). "Chaplaincy

A woman’s touch

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A woman’s touch

A funeral is a solemn occasion characterized by tradition and respect. It is a day of dignified celebration of a life lived. "The process of death is as important a part of the life cycle as birth," said Savannah Luna. "The beginning and end of life require a great deal of

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