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Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

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Military jets return to Ruston Way this 4th of July

It has been more than five years since the U.S. Armed Forces military aircraft have participated in Tacoma's 4th of July Freedom Fair and Air Show due to Sequestration. Three military aviation community outreach single ship demonstration teams from the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy are scheduled to appear

Volunteers restore car for a disabled veteran

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Volunteers restore car for a disabled veteran

LeMay Docent and veteran Dennis Blowers is surrounded by vintage cars during his volunteer hours giving tours of the LeMay Family Collection at Marymount. He began to think about his fellow Vietnam veterans and decided to put a plan into action. Blowers wanted to donate a van to give to

Military spouse testifies at State Capital

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Military spouse testifies at State Capital

Whitney Thrasher-Stafford, mediator and social worker, is also an Army spouse who, like many military spouses, was frustrated with two of the main issues that affect military families when they PCS to a new duty station, education for military children and spouse employment. She recently appeared at a Public Hearing

A full day of adventure

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A full day of adventure

The sprawling Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum packs quite a bit on its large campus that dominates the landscape. The two museum buildings are architectural gems with walls of soaring glass. In addition, there is a movie theater and the Wings and Waves Waterpark with a real Boeing 747 aircraft

Army veteran finds joy coaching soccer

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Army veteran finds joy coaching soccer

Coach Tim Beam is an Army veteran who served two tours in Iraq as a Utilities Equipment Repairer. In his free time he now wears many hats as a soccer coach, and holds two volunteer positions with the Fircrest Soccer Club (FSC). Like many parents, when his two boys began playing

Hoops 4 Heroes set for March 7

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Hoops 4 Heroes set for March 7

On March 7, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) DuPont-Steilacoom Subchapter of the Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter presents the fourth annual Hoops 4 Heroes, soldiers versus first responders basketball game. Proceeds from this event will benefit the subchapter which supports the military communities at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM)

Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

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Best of Olympia 2019: Wagner's European Bakery & Cafe

My favorite thing about Olympia is the cinnamon bread at Wagner's European Bakery & Café. It's their signature bakery item and you can see why. Unlike most cinnamon bread which is thickly rolled with just a thin swirl of cinnamon, Wagner's version is thinly rolled creating a swirl that is

LCSC auction tickets on sale

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LCSC auction tickets on sale

The Lewis Community Spouses' Club's (LCSC) Annual Charity Event (ACE) will take place at American Lake Conference Center Friday, March 22. This year's theme is Derby Night. "It is an honor to be a part of the LCSC's Annual Charity Event, Derby Night, this year. I am excited to help

Cameo Heights Mansion

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Cameo Heights Mansion

With the hustle and bustle of military life, sometimes you need to get away for some couple time. The Cameo Heights Mansion, set amidst a 400-acre orchard and vineyard, is the perfect getaway. Sitting on a bluff overlooking the Walla Walla River, this charming bed and breakfast is conveniently located

AAFES offers career advancement

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AAFES offers career advancement

Many military spouses think of working at the Base or Post Exchange as a job opportunity but are unaware of the career potential. The Army Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) offers programs that provide a pathway into management. The Exchange's Retail Management Academy (RMA) and Restaurant Operations Management Academy (ROMA) programs

Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

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Exploring Seattle’s iconic attraction

A fun day trip in Seattle includes exploring the site of the 1962 World's Fair. The Seattle Center has such an interesting history, with many of the buildings and attractions part of the fair. With the space race heating up, science became the theme, and many of the attractions were

Deadline for local military scholarships near

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Deadline for local military scholarships near

Military children face a variety of challenges including frequent moves and parental deployments. One benefit is there are a variety of scholarships available, both locally and nationally, to help defray the cost of college for military kids. Many deadlines are rapidly approaching, so hurry and get your applications in. The Scholarships

Made to Fit Meals

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Made to Fit Meals

Like many people, Chef Mike Komiti, owner of Made to Fit Meals, struggled with weight issues and the resulting health issues of prediabetes and moderately high blood pressure. His doctor informed him he needed to make some dietary changes or risk severe health problems in the future. Prior to becoming a

Learn how to barrel-age your own whiskey

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Learn how to barrel-age your own whiskey

With Valentine's Day almost upon us, it is time to start thinking about gifts. Typically one looks to a nice dinner, or flowers and chocolate, but this year, think outside the box and visit the Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) for one of their My Batch Classes. During this three-hour educational

Protestant Women of the Chapel

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Protestant Women of the Chapel

Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) has two very active Protestant Women of the Chapel (PWOC) groups, which is a ministry that helps chaplains minister to women associated with the military. The groups are open to women of all the chapel communities on JBLM and from every denomination. The McChord Field PWOC celebrates

Advanced technology for a healthy lifestyle

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Advanced technology for a healthy lifestyle

With the new year upon us, many people have goals to get into better shape. One way to do this is by getting a comprehensive health, fitness, and nutrition assessment. You can spend hundreds of dollars on this at civilian centers, or you can visit the Armed Forces Wellness Center

Free salmon

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Free salmon

Each year, when the salmon begin their long journey back to their birth stream, the Nisqually Clear Creek Hatchery kicks into high gear processing the Chinook salmon for their sperm and eggs. It has been a tradition for more than 20 years for the Nisqually Tribe to give away the

Things to consider when hosting a Hail and Farewell

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Things to consider when hosting a Hail and Farewell

When looking for a location to host a Hail and Farewell, there are many things to consider. The most important is the notorious Interstate 5 traffic, which can be gridlocked when everyone is trying to get to the event. Also the cost of holding an event at a Joint Base

Shopping a variety of Exchanges in the region

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Shopping a variety of Exchanges in the region

The holidays are a good time to venture out when shopping for the season. There are quite a few Exchanges in the area and each has its own personality and promotions. One thing they all share is tax-free shopping. In Washington state, that is a huge benefit, which can save

Local Facebook Groups and Pages

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Local Facebook Groups and Pages

I have to admit, I am a local Facebook Groupie and by that I mean I belong to a variety of local groups and pages on Facebook. In fact, one of the first pages I joined when I moved here was JBLM Families, which is run by the publishing company

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