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A gathering of patriots

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A gathering of patriots

Patriots are individuals who profess love for and loyalty to their country. As such, expressions of patriotism can take the form of standing during the National Anthem to displaying the flag on one's home. To highlight this sentiment, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the third Washington state Patriotic

Out in front

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Out in front

When military families know that their health needs will be met, they feel a sense of protection, of well being. That sense of comfort begins in the northeast corner of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) at the Madigan Army Medical Center, where over 100,000 active-duty servicemembers, their families and retirees receive world-class

Base monuments mark history on JBLM

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Base monuments mark history on JBLM

With a century of history behind it, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers newly assigned personnel, their families, and visitors a number of historical markers. The Meriwether Lewis Monument: Just inside JBLM's Liberty Gate stands an impressive bronze statue honoring Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition. Commissioned

Skilled trades offer a future for veterans

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Skilled trades offer a future for veterans

The skilled trades offer veterans a sound and prosperous future. The aging of Baby Boomers and the disinterest by young adults in the skilled trades has resulted in a labor shortage. A 2017 survey by CBS News found that for every individual who enters the skilled trades, five are retiring, and only

Mechatronics on the move

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Mechatronics on the move

The cone machine sitting in Building 25 on the campus of Clover Park Technical College serves as a perfect representative of 21st century mechatronic automation. The aluminum-built, 500-pound mechanism's function is simple: to efficiently insert small silver washers into larger blue cones. "Currently, the company that asked us to design and build

A hero passes

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A hero passes

Medal of Honor recipient Joe Jackson passed last Sunday. He was 95. A retired Air Force colonel, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the War in Vietnam. During Monday evening's Lakewood City Council meeting, Mayor Don Anderson called for a moment of silence in acknowledgement of

The Puzzle Masters

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The Puzzle Masters

Escape rooms are like old television detective shows, or modern-day reality dramas, where participants work together through a cluster of clues to solve a puzzle, and thereby escape from the room. "The experience allows our guests to immerse themselves in an entirely different world," said David Lamb, owner and CEO of

Out of the hole

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Out of the hole

"Catholic Community Services (CCS) was paramount to pull me out of a suicidal hole," the retired Army veteran said in a CCS press release. "I asked for help, and help was given. I cannot believe that these programs are out there for veterans." After 20 years of service, the Whidbey Island

STEM dollars for military students

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STEM dollars for military students

The Clover Park School District was recently notified that it will receive a five-year Department of Defense (DoD) grant to encourage the development of teaching curriculum and assessment tools for use in the district's schools that have high levels of military-connected students. The district is the 26th largest in Washington state

The magic of Christmas

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The magic of Christmas

Christmas Wish is a program that brings the magic of the holidays to the families of wounded warriors. Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors (HSWW) began the program in 2009. "Christmas is a magical time of the year," said Janice Buckley, founder and president of HSWW (a 501c3 nonprofit). "But for some of

An empty kennel

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An empty kennel

Erica Jong, an American novelist, satirist and poet, once wrote that "Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss." Maiko, a 7-year-old multi-purpose canine (MPC) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, lived and died by those words. "He

Largest deployment in nine years

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Largest deployment in nine years

Ever since its establishment as the 446th Troop Carrier Wing in April, 1955, the current 446th Airlift Wing (Reserve) at McChord Field has distinguished itself in its service to the country. At specific times to be determined in 2019, nearly 300 members of the wing will deploy in what is the

We interrupt this broadcast …

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We interrupt this broadcast …

Comcast NBCUniversal has long been at the forefront of respecting and honoring the sacrifices made by veterans to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. "We've been hiring veterans for decades," retired Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, senior vice president of military and veterans' affairs, wrote in an email. "Our company founder, Ralph Roberts,

Ham grenades find their mark

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Ham grenades find their mark

Sgt. Maj. Michael Shilo, Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), made his thanks clear. "We are very thankful for your help in making this holiday season a good one for our soldiers and their families," he said yesterday morning to an assembly of community leaders and soldiers. "Operation Ham Grenade and the efforts to

New menus in DFACs

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New menus in DFACs

The Army is committed to losing weight. In an October 2016 Department of Defense study, approximately 10.5 percent of soldiers were classified as overweight. A year later, the Army Surgeon General's Office presented data that showed that the percentage of overweight soldiers had grown to 13 percent. In meeting the challenge, the Army

$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

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$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

Col. Isabelle Josephine "Jo" Swartz's long record of service to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the local community will continue. In honor of the work Swartz accomplished during and after her service, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter, has renamed the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship

Local military champion dies

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Local military champion dies

The thread of service ran strong in Mary Findlay. A military spouse and supporter of the servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and fixture in the town of Steilacoom, passed last weekend. "Hers was a life of service," said Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas. "She was often referred to as ‘Miss Mary,' and she

Letting potential off the leash

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Letting potential off the leash

Fraser is a hero. As a service dog, he was paired with Alex, a young man confined to a wheelchair. The partnership between the two allowed Alex to enter Seattle University, earn a bachelor's degree and then complete an internship in South Africa. "Alex says he never would have dreamed of studying

Stuffing and love

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Stuffing and love

The dinner was an outpouring of love and stuffing. For the fifth year in a row, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) hosted its annual Operation Thanksgiving Dinner in Chris Knutzen Hall for about 80 soldiers who have just arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "For ninety percent of these servicemembers, this is their first

A college’s buddy system

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A college’s buddy system

The Student Veterans Organization -- or SVO -- at Pierce College, provides veterans with a range of support programs to help them realize their educational goals. The SVO is a part of the college's larger Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The center has revamped over the past seven to eight months in

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