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VA steps up efforts to assist female veterans

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VA steps up efforts to assist female veterans

After years of haggling with the Department of Veterans Affairs, former Marine staff sergeant Kate Raggazino is finally seeing some changes. After being discharged several years ago, she had to fight to get the VA to recognize her health care needs. "They just weren't equipped, they weren't prepared for the amount of

New education center name steeped in history

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New education center name steeped in history

The John "Bud" Hawk Education Center is a building with a history. "His life personifies the values of education and dedication to service," Col. Thomas Brittain, commander, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM), said to an audience that included local dignitaries and four Medal of Honor recipients at the center's dedication ceremony last

A move to the medical field

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A move to the medical field

When Tiffany Maple went with her husband, Staff Sgt. Marcus Maple, to the Stone Education Center this summer so he could look into college classes, little did she know that she would walk out a step closer to enrolling in a phlebotomy course at Bates Technical College. The mother of four,

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VFW sponsoring Operation Rising Star

At 37 Army bases around the world, singers are either resting their voices and preparing to compete against their peers or they are already belting it out weekly during 2011's Operation Rising Star. Now in its sixth year, the competition mirrors a certain popular television singing competition and allows contestants, who

Gardens in containers

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Gardens in containers

Container gardening is one of the most effective ways to save money, grow fresh food in confined spaces and bring color to a home's landscape. "It allows individuals the opportunity to control their environment," said Linda Snaveay, the Puyallup owner of Linda's Gardening & Hydroponics (www.lindasgardening.net). Simply put, container gardening uses different

WW II veteran, docent an expert on anything B-17

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WW II veteran, docent an expert on anything B-17

When the final bell rang signifying the end of the school day at Lincoln High School in Tacoma in the late 1930s, young Walter Bergstrom would sprint home, climb up a maple tree and try to get a glimpse of a Royal Air Force B-17 Flying Fortress returning from a

Tools and tips for a smooth PCS

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Tools and tips for a smooth PCS

According to the calendar it's almost PCS season, the time between Memorial Day and Labor Day when the military moves more than one third of their total shipments for the year, which is about 600,000 across all of the branches. Last summer, the military moved 230,000 families and this year, due

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446th Family Picnic

8/9/2010 - JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Gray cloudy weather could not stop this year's 446th Airlift Wing Family Day picnic from being another fun-filled event. Reservists and their families enjoyed lunch, games, contests, music, static displays and much more. In addition to the annual picnic, eligible spouses of Reservists flew

Need help finding someone to take care of my dog

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Need help finding someone to take care of my dog

I will be on TDY for just over two months, from 9 September to about 15 November, and need to find someone to take care of my dog. Samshik is a 5 year old male Shitzhu, and weighs about ten pounds. He is a small, calm dog that sleeps most of

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Accelerating hypersonics development

The Air Force has always been about speed. Less than one month after the Air Force became its own service 70 years ago in September 1947, Capt. Chuck Yeager became the first person to fly faster than the speed of sound - a barrier once considered impenetrable - in the

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JBLM decides no further action now toward adding HIMARS RRPR to permanent training activities at the base

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - At this time, JBLM Army leaders have decided to not pursue further environmental study toward integrating the HIMARS Reduced Range Practice Round (RRPR) into JBLM's permanent training infrastructure.  Army leadership wants to place more efforts and resources into other training and operational requirements for the

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