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A day on Bainbridge Island

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A day on Bainbridge Island

Bainbridge Island is a fun and easy day trip from Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The walkable town is filled with restaurants, shops, museums and tasting rooms. You can easily fill a day or more with activities. First stop is the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce for visitors' information. It has informative brochures

Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

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Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum

The Columbia Gorge Discovery Center & Museum is one of those museums that inspires a trip to an area just to see it. Located in The Dalles, Oregon, the museum is right on the banks of the Columbia River and in a very impressive building.  When you step into the

Lewis Community Spouses Club Super Sign-Up

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Lewis Community Spouses Club Super Sign-Up

With the summer winding down and the first day of school right around the corner, thoughts turn to the fall. Whether you are a military spouse new to the area or maybe a retiree spouse looking for some fun activities, the Lewis Community Spouses Club (LCSC) has something for you. Head

A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

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A day of transition for the Washington National Guard

Sunday, Aug. 13, was a day of transition for the Washington National Guard. Events included the Air National Guard Change of Command, two Command Sergeant Major Change of Responsibility ceremonies and the retirement ceremony for Brig. Gen. John S. Tuohy. Brig. Gen. John Tuohy relinquished command of the Washington Air National

Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

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Best thing about Tacoma: Metro Parks

What's not to love about Metro Parks Tacoma? The expansive system offers amenities you usually see only in larger cities, including zoos, an aquarium, a nature center, a fort, beaches, hiking, a cabin and a conservatory. It also has a system of parks throughout the city with nice playgrounds and

Cultural Resources Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Cultural Resources Program at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord has more than 350 historic sites and 431 recorded archeological sites, which the Cultural Resources Program has a federal mandate to protect. "The cultural resources program on JBLM has two main responsibilities that are tied directly to supporting the military training missions of the garrison," said Donna Turnipseed,

Surviving WWI buildings on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

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Surviving WWI buildings on Joint Base Lewis-McChord

"JBLM leads the nation in the number of surviving World War I wood-frame buildings and has restored them to provide functional office space and other effective uses," said Duane Denfeld, Ph.D., JBLM architectural historian. There are eight surviving WWI structures remaining at JBLM: the Family Resource Center (former Red Cross Hostess

Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

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Best military supporter: Odd Otter Brewing Company

The Odd Otter Brewing Company is voted Best Military Supporter in Tacoma. With three of the five initial owners having a military background it is no surprise they are so supportive of veteran and military organizations. From their early days when they launched a Kickstarter campaign, charity has been a

There is this place where the sky is big (part two)

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There is this place where the sky is big (part two)

Our family trip was nonstop fun, and a week is not enough time to see and do all Missoula has to offer. Plan to spend lots of time outdoors, so pack the sunscreen and drink tons of water. The National Bison Range (NBR) is one of the oldest refuges in the

Annual Ranger Regatta

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Annual Ranger Regatta

The Pointe du Hoc Foundation (PDHF) will host its largest fundraiser of the year, the Ranger Regatta, Aug. 24 beginning at 9 a.m. at the Tacoma Yacht Club. "The Ranger Regatta is the PDHF's annual fundraiser. This event sets the conditions for our nonprofit support of 2nd Battalion (75th Ranger Regiment) and

Total eclipse of the sun

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Total eclipse of the sun

On Aug. 21 at 10:15 a.m., a total eclipse of the sun will touch down on the Oregon coast and begin its move across the country covering a 40-mile swath. Within this band, you can experience the totality of the eclipse, which is the point when the sun is completely

Triple Nickles protected the Pacific Northwest during Word War II

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Triple Nickles protected the Pacific Northwest during Word War II

On Thursday, Aug. 17, at 7 p.m., DuPont mayor Mike Courts will host "1945 Jumping into Fire: the True Story of the All African-American 555th Airborne Infantry Battalion in the Northwest" at Patriot's Landing. The presentation will be led by Bob Bartlett, PhD, a public sociologist at Eastern Washington University. "This

Gig Harbor mayor proclaims August 4 Military Appreciation Day

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Gig Harbor mayor proclaims August 4 Military Appreciation Day

Gig Harbor mayor Jill Guernsey read a proclamation to honor the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, the family members and all military by declaring Aug. 4 Military Appreciation Day. It was a great way to kick off the 4th annual Military Appreciation Day held Friday, Aug. 4 at Sehmel Homestead

There is this place where the sky is big (part one)

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There is this place where the sky is big (part one)

Sitting right off Interstate 90, an eight-hour drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) sits Missoula, Montana. You may have stopped for gas on the trek cross-country not realizing the marvelous vacation destination that awaits you.  Missoula offers the benefits of a city with modern up-to-date accommodations, the vibrant nightlife of

Restoring military vehicles as a hobby

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Restoring military vehicles as a hobby

Artist Andy Nichols makes fish out of glass, but not just any fish. The glass salmon and trout appear ready to leap into the Columbia River with their striking colors and dramatic shapes. The fish are a few of the many items created by artist Nichols at his studio in

A day in Sequim

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A day in Sequim

It's a good time of year to make a visit to Sequim, a beautiful town on the Olympic peninsula. The lavender is blooming and the whole town is buzzing with the vibe, even the trashcans and bike racks are painted lavender. There are plenty of activities to keep you busy

Step back in time with vintage dining

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Step back in time with vintage dining

It's a short 30-minute drive south to Chehalis for a different type of date night. The Chehalis-Centralia Railroad & Museum offers dinner trains and murder mystery dinner trains on the 100-year-old Cowlitz, Chehalis & Cascade No. 15 (CC&C #15), a Baldwin-built 2-8-2 "Mikado" type steam locomotive. It is one of only

Love of ceramics

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Love of ceramics

Friends Cheryl Johnson, military spouse, and Heather Cole-Smith, veteran, met in 2003 at a Ceramic Certification Class. They bonded over their love of creating art out of ceramic slip, the liquid mixture of clay in water. As their friendship developed they began to dream of one day owning a ceramic

Vietnam veteran supports local military

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Vietnam veteran supports local military

During the summer months, you can find Mike Caldwell at the Port Angeles Farmers Market, where he sells his handcrafted Western red cedar patio furniture. He always has a kind word for those serving in the military and often hands out cedar boxes to thank them for their service. One of

Where to go for day trips

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Where to go for day trips

Free time is limited during military exercises, but sometimes you may find yourself with a day or two and want to get out and explore.  The South Sound's natural beauty just begs to be explored, and the nice thing is you can do it and still have all the amenities

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