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July 1, 2009 at 12:38am

5 Things To Do: Wednesday

MICHAEL SWAN: WEDNESDAY, JULY 1, 2009 >>>

5-Things-71 1. LaVon Hardison steps away from her role in Harlequin Productions' Sixties Chicks to fill The Cliff House with jazz vocals at 7 p.m.

2. The City Club of Tacoma hosts a Tacoma Mayoral Candidate Forum at 6 p.m. inside the Wheelock Student Center at the University of Puget Sound.

3. Garfield Book Company Book Club will discuss blogger Catherine Sanderson's book Petite Anglaise at 6:30 p.m.

4. Every Wednesday beginning at 8 p.m. Doyle's Public House
in Tacoma hosts Knowledge Night where individuals or teams answer two
pages of brain teasers, trivia and current events for shirts, tickets
and gift certificates.

5. Award winning blues trombonist Randy Oxford hosts a weekly Wednesday jam at Chopstix dubbed The Randy Oxford Blues Theatre beginning at 8 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

Filed under: 5 Things To Do, Music, Tacoma, Word,

July 1, 2009 at 9:29am

Morning Report

July 1, 2009 at 11:35am

17th Fires Brigade Deployment Ceremony

MICHAEL SWAN: OFF TO IRAQ >>>

This news just popped out of the Fort Lewis PAO office:

FORT LEWIS, Wash. - The 17th Fires Brigade will case their colors Thursday, at 10 a.m., during a deployment ceremony at Watkins Field in preparation for the units' upcoming deployment to Iraq. 17th Fires Brigade will deploy more than 1,000 Soldiers in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

The brigade will partner with the Iraqi Security forces and provincial reconstruction teams to develop civil capacity and defeat extremist networks in their area of operations.

Soldiers of the brigade will team up with other brigade elements that have already deployed, to conduct missions throughout Iraq. They will also partner with Iraq Police forces, Iraqi border enforcement units, and the Iraqi Army to coach, train, and support the Iraqi Security Forces in securing the Iraqi borders and the Iraqi people.

Filed under: Fort Lewis, Iraq, News To Us,

July 2, 2009 at 12:27am

5 Things To Do: Thursday

MICHAEL SWAN: THURSDAY, JULY 2, 2009 >>>

Young-Buck 1. Former G-Unit member Young Buck, made infamous for stabbing a man in the chest during an award show in defense of Doctor Dre, will be performing live at The Royal Lounge at 9 p.m.

2. Starstruck and Vicci Martinez will be playing on the Weekly Volcano stage from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tacoma Farmers Market on Broadway.

3. The grand opening of the Fort Lewis Outdoor Recreation Vehicle Park is today. It's located approximately two miles from the Outdoor Recreation Skeet Range on 2nd Division Range Road. For additional information, call 967-6263.

4. There's a Pre-4th Of July Show featuring Mr. Sho-Nuff and 
Anonymous, plus giveaways and a booty shaking contest at 9 p.m. at the Last Call in Lakewood.

5. Hell's Kitchen
will put away the black for the rainbow love of a Reggae Night
featuring Little Big Man, Mighty High, Puget Sound System and Urban
Evergreen beginning at 9 p.m.

LINK: Live music and DJs in the South Sound

LINK: Local movie starting times

LINK: South Sound Restaurant Guide

July 2, 2009 at 9:17am

Morning Embed

July 2, 2009 at 2:01pm

MAMC: Quiet leadership

J.M. SIMPSON: NCO SERVES WITH HONOR >>>

Williams-Image There is a quiet confidence about Sgt. Ocie Williams that marks his demeanor and work at the Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC).

"I am a self-starter," stated the native of Alabama.  "If I am given a task to complete, I will make it my job to quietly and efficiently get it done."

Williams is the non-commissioned officer, or NCOIC, in charge of operations for MAMC.  He said that a large part of his job is to coordinate weapons training and range availability.

He is also a prior NCO of the Quarter winner at the medical facility.

Serving in the Army is a family tradition for Williams.  Both his mother and father have served, and his brother is currently serving. 

"Serving this nation is all I know," he continued.

When not serving at MAMC, Williams has almost completed all of the requirements for a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology with a secondary emphasis in business administration.

"I am thinking about working toward a commission," continued Williams.  "The Army is definitely going to be my career."

When it comes to the Army's seven values, Williams made it clear that honor is the most important.

"If a soldier lives this value, then all of the other six values fall into line," he said.  "It is the glue that holds the rest together."

As other soldiers and patients walked by, many acknowledged Williams as he prepared to go back to work.

"The best thing that I tell young soldiers is to try and figure out what motivates the other soldiers they work with," said Williams as he stood up to leave.

"NCOs should set the standard that present and future soldiers will follow."

Filed under: Fort Lewis, J.M. Simpson, Madigan, NCO,

July 2, 2009 at 6:58pm

14th Engineer Battalion in the house

MICHAEL SWAN: JUST IN TIME FOR FREEDOM FEST >>>

News release out of the Fort Lewis PAO:

Fort Lewis, Wash. - About 350 Soldiers of the 14th Engineer Battalion will return home to Fort Lewis from a 15-month deployment to Iraq Saturday, July 4. The Soldiers will be reunited with families and friends at a Welcome Home ceremony scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at Wilson Gym on North Fort Lewis.

The 14th Engineer Battalion deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in mid-April 2008 and its engineer companies accomplished many successful missions during the battalion's tour of service in Iraq.

HHC, FSC, and 570th Engr. Co. - Headquarters and Headquarters Company (HHC) and the Forward Support Company (FSC) supplied security and logistical support while the 570th Engineer Company conducted route clearance patrols in northern and central Iraq. The 570th also completed the first iteration of the Iraqi Army Route Clearance Academy, where they trained 15 Iraqi Army Engineers over a 16-day course.

571st Engr. Co. - The 571st Engineer Company conducted route clearance patrols in northern Iraq. They also completed the construction of a Joint Security Station. The 571st also became involved in several humanitarian assistance missions designed to increase the Soldiers interactions with the local populace and foster improved relations with surrounding communities.

610th ESC - The 610th Engineer Support Company (ESC) completed the construction of numerous projects that included convoy staging lanes, motor pools, and a bulk fuel installation. The 610th ESC also assisted in the construction of a tactical communications facility, as well as force protection and drainage repairs.


About 170 other members of the 14th Engineer Battalion will arrive home on Monday, July 6.

Filed under: Engineers, Fort Lewis, Iraq,

July 3, 2009 at 8:49am

Morning Report

July 4, 2009 at 9:07am

Morning Report

Filed under: Morning Report, News To Us,

July 4, 2009 at 9:09am

Fourth of July message

Filed under: Holidays,

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