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AAFES offers career advancement

Jobs & Education

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

Attractions

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

Jobs & Education

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

Health

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

Military Life

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

Military Life

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

Health

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

Outdoors

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

Military Life

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

Military Life

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

Military Life

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

Enjoy the scenic Seattle waterfront

Attractions

Enjoy the scenic Seattle waterfront

There is so much to see and do in Seattle it is hard to know where to start. I like to visit with a set area in mind and focus on that. One such area is Seattle's vibrant and historic waterfront which makes a great day trip from Joint Base

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

Travel

Exploring the Sea to Sky Highway

The Sea to Sky Highway, a section of Canada's Highway 99, stretches from Horseshoe Bay past Whistler to Pemberton in British Columbia. The winding highway received its name due to the change from a coastal highway at sea level, which follows along the edges of coastal mountains, to a mountain

The Military Dream Big Fair

Jobs & Education

The Military Dream Big Fair

On Saturday, Feb 16, the Military Dream Big Fair will take place at the Capital Christian Center in Lacey. The event is produced by The Ranger, Northwest Airlifter and JBLM Living newspapers and sponsored by USAA. It's a great opportunity for military and family members to learn about employment and

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

News Front

JBLM spouse to coach national cheer team

Two military students and a spouse from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will be part of the USA National Cheer Team at the Special Olympics World Summer Games in Abu Dhabi March 14-22, 2019. JBLM's Stacie Pogoncheff is the head coach. She took over from her daughter Kelbie Pogoncheff, who founded the

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Outdoors

Humpback, Orcas, and Grays

Orcas have been spotted in the South Puget Sound near the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, and as far south as Priest Point in Olympia in recent weeks. Farther afield, a few humpback whales have been seen in the Puget Sound and the Strait of Juan de Fuca. Rare still this time

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

Military Life

Holiday shopping in Gig Harbor

With an eclectic downtown waterfront district with small locally owned shops and nationally recognized stores at the Uptown Gig Harbor Shopping Center, holiday shopping is pleasant in the coastal village of Gig Harbor. New this year is the Olympic Towne Center located on Point Fosdick Dr. NW. Downtown Gig Harbor is

Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

News Front

Special Forces Bourbon raises $22,000

On Monday, Dec. 3, representatives for the Heritage Distilling Company (HDC) presented a check for over $22,000 to the Special Forces Chapter 16 Association. HDC has now donated over $100,000 in the last four years; raised from the sale of Special Forces Bourbon.  "Bottle sales of the 2018 run of Special

Tokeland

Travel

Tokeland

The cute little town of Tokeland sits on the north end of Willapa Bay and the southwestern coast of Washington state. The pristine bay is a wonder to behold and has miles of undeveloped shoreline. There are two reasons to visit Tokeland: Nelson's Crab and The Tokeland Hotel. Both of

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

Attractions

A one-of-a-kind holiday show

It has to be something special to brave the traffic and drive from the South Sound area up to Bellevue. Snowflake Lane is the something special. The event has become a well-loved holiday tradition with up to 10,000 spectators attending each evening. "Snowflake Lane is a one-of-a-kind, free holiday show you

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