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It's a jungle out there

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It's a jungle out there

You probably already know about the zoo in Tacoma, or you have visited the Aquarium in Seattle, but did you know you could pet a baby grizzly bear in Oregon, or touch a shark just over the border in California?  How about driving through not one but two wild animal

Head to the beach

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Head to the beach

Ocean Shores, once the playground of Hollywood stars, is a peaceful retreat on the Pacific coast located conveniently 90 minutes west of Interstate 5 and the South Puget Sound area.  Here you'll find long stretches of sandy beach, 26 miles of inland waterways for boating and paddling, eclectic shops and

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2018 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support events. Welcome to the Northwest! This

Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

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Downtown Puyallup: A Primer

Ah Puyallup, one of those tricky little Pacific Northwest destinations with a name that is hard to pronounce for non-locals. In addition to a river running through and more car lots than you can shake a squeegee at, what does it have to offer? Let me tell you -- loads! Downtown Puyallup

Seattle celebrates holidays on stage

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Seattle celebrates holidays on stage

Like traffic and egg nog-spiced everything, you can count on Seattle delivering Broadway-quality musicals on stage during the month of December. And this year is no exception with Elf in town this week only, and Irving Berlin's Holiday Inn on stage a couple more weeks. Both productions are G-rated fun

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"Pershing's Last Patriot" in Lakewood

The WWI Centennial is not complete without watching Pershing's Last Patriot, presented by the Lakewood Historical Society and showing Sept. 26 in Lakewood, 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6300 Wildaire Rd. SW. A FREE showing of the documentary about Frank Woodruff Buckles, the last American veteran of World War I.

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2017 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support events. Welcome to the Northwest! This

Oh Canada

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Oh Canada

It will be a shame if you don't explore British Columbia while you are living here in the Northwest, because while similar in some ways to the greater Pacific Northwest and United States as a whole, there are many unique opportunities a minimum of three hours away that you can't

The Gulf War via JBLM

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The Gulf War via JBLM

On Aug. 7, 1990, violent events altered the lives of many soldiers, family members and civilians in and around then Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.  President George Bush ordered troops to deploy to Saudi Arabia in response to Iraq's attack and occupation of Kuwait.   What began in 1990

Garden tours

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Garden tours

Pacific Northwest gardening is different than a lot of places in the country. Here, we are a lot about temperate plants, moss, lichens and woodland plants - but in a good way. Our gardening here features the color green, as in conifers and native plants that provide a carpet of

Love in the grocery store

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Love in the grocery store

Does anyone date in the grocery store aisles anymore? Did anyone beyond the trashy TV shows EVER do this? I met my wife in high school, so I admit I haven't tried dating in the frozen food aisle. I am not exactly sure how one would do this with any relative

Welcome to the Northwest

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Welcome to the Northwest

If you are holding a copy of this 2017 Welcome Guide, then you either found it inside one of our weekly military newspapers, The Ranger, NW Airlifter or JBLM Living, online via our social media, or you picked it up at one of our military support events. Welcome to the Northwest! This

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Hot Oregon

Hot springing in the winter is not for the feint of heart. There is the snow to contend with, the austere locations, limited services, and of course, the nudity.  Living on the Pacific Rim affords us the opportunity to get into the mountains for some raw, up-close experiences with nature ...

The rise of the joint base

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The rise of the joint base

Goodbye North Fort Lewis, Main Post, even McChord Air Force Base, as the second decade of the 21st century began, so did a major name change at Fort Lewis and McChord Air Force Base.  As a result of the Base Realignment and Closure process, the Evergreen Post became Joint Base

Ebb and flow in the 1990s

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Ebb and flow in the 1990s

The Department of Defense announced officially in January 1990 the end of the 9th Infantry Division (Motorized) - a crushing blow for the local community now wondering whether Fort Lewis would remain open.  At the time, rumors suggested that the 7th Infantry Division from Fort Ord would move here, but

The HTTB and beyond

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The HTTB and beyond

Ninth Division soldiers and their machines were the big news in the early 1980's as officials began developing a revised future for the Army. Part of the new doctrine included assembling a light, mobile infantry division with the fire power to knock out heavy, armored forces. In 1981, the 9th Infantry

Jane Fonda was here

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Jane Fonda was here

"I shall return!" With those parting words, actress and political activist Jane Fonda was escorted off then Fort Lewis property by military police following her raid on the Evergreen Post, March 7, 1970. The caper was part of an attempt by Fonda, and the daughter of Jim Thorpe, the famed Native

A familiar pattern at Fort Lewis

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A familiar pattern at Fort Lewis

The war in Vietnam had a diminishing effect on Fort Lewis as we entered the 1970s.  Although the post recognized the 250,000th soldier to process through the North Fort Transfer Station February 20, 1970, the Army was already making plans to close both the basic training and personnel center here.

Back to war for troops

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Back to war for troops

Home wasn't much more than a stopover between maneuvers for many 4th Division soldiers during the early 1960s. Division troops were involved in joint exercises with the Navy and Air Force and spent their share of time spitting out sand in the Mojave and Yakima deserts.  In 1960 alone, division

A decade of change

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A decade of change

Servicemembers that served at Fort Lewis in the 1950s might look back wondering with whom they served. Was it the 2nd or the 71st, and what was Gyroscope and STRAC? The period between 1950 and 1959 was a time of adjustment and perpetual change for the Army and the Evergreen Post.

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