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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,

A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

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A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

Tori Reim describes herself as lighthearted. "I am really easy going, and I try to see things from other people's points of view," she began. "I feel like too many people take life much too seriously." Reim grew up on a ranch outside of Sahuarita, Arizona, a small mining town just south

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

Military Life

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)

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