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November 30, 2017 at 1:46pm

McChord readies for Operation Cookie Drop

The Team McChord Operation Cookie Drop is set for Dec. 5. Photo credit: 446th AW

The Team McChord Operation Cookie Drop is set to bring hundreds of cookies to single airmen assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

The drop is scheduled for Dec. 5, but cookie donations will be accepted as early as noon on Dec. 4, at the Chapel Support Center. Any and all cookies are welcome, including ones that are free of any peanut products for those with allergies. The one requirement is that cookie donations are dropped off in disposable containers labeled with name and unit. Team McChord wants to recognize all the help received for this event.

No worries if those baking skills are not world class, because on the day of the drop volunteers are also requested to help with distribution.

For more information, please send an email to:

November 22, 2017 at 11:42am

JBLM troops join China for exercise

Participants listen to remarks during the opening ceremony of the 2017 U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange at Camp Rilea, Oregon, Nov. 16. Photo credit: Nathan H. Barbour

The 13th annual U.S.-China Disaster Management Exchange Table Top Exchange (TTE) and Practical Field Exchange (PFE) portions commenced Nov. 16 with an opening ceremony at Camp Rilea, Oregon.

Hosted by U.S. Army Pacific, the DME allows hands-on and side-by-side interaction between United States Army and the People's Liberation Army (PLA) on Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HA/DR) operations and enables sharing of lessons learned.

The 2017 exchange focuses on a notional flooding scenario in which both armies will be requested to provide humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to a third affected state as part of a Multinational Coordination Center (MNCC).

Maj. Gen. Susan A. Davidson, Commanding General, 8th Theater Sustainment Command, welcomed attendees and highlighted how the event builds understanding and trust between the two armies.

"Disaster Management Exchanges like this are invaluable because as they expand in depth with each iteration, they allow us to truly recognize the importance of collaboration in addressing non-traditional security threats such as natural disasters," Davidson said. "Our ability to increase our practical de-confliction, and gain a better understanding of each other's procedures in the event of a real-world disaster response, could be what makes all the difference to the affected state."

Throughout the exchange, personnel simulate real-life scenarios in order to identify procedural gaps and practice techniques required for efficient and collaborative response, such as search and rescue techniques and the construct of the MNCC.

"The PLA and U.S. military both have dignified histories of glorious accomplishments. Although we are geographically far from each other, the respect for human life is beyond national boundaries and races," said Maj. Gen. Huang Taoyi, Deputy Commander, 75th Group Army, PLA Army. "We are ready to join our friends from the U.S. to actively implement the consensus reached by our two state leaders and make concerted efforts to make this year's DME more practical, more in-depth and improve the two militaries' abilities in disaster relief."

Starting in 2005, the DME has been held at locations in Hawaii, Washington, D.C., New York, Washington State, and multiple areas in China. The DME has also matured from basic visits and briefings into a substantive exchange that uses table top and practical field exchanges to focus and facilitate interaction and develop the capacity to de-conflict HA/DR operations between the U.S. Army and the PLA.

In addition to providing a learning opportunity for the U.S. and PLA Army participants, this year, the DME includes military and government observers from Bangladesh, Canada, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and the People's Republic of China.

U.S. participants include U.S. Army Pacific, the 8th Theater Sustainment Command, the Oregon National Guard, the United States Military Academy (USMA), Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 351st Civil Affairs Command, the 13th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion (CSSB), and the 571st Sapper Company, the U.S Coast Guard Sector Columbia River, the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Portland District, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey (USGS) and the Pacific Disaster Center, an applied research center managed by the University of Hawaii.

November 22, 2017 at 11:38am

Extended family of 41 joins Army

More than 30 members of an American Samoa family pose for pictures Nov. 8 at Thompson Hall, Fort Lee, Virginia. Photo credit: T. Anthony Bell

Enlisting in the Army with a childhood friend or relative is a generations-old practice meant to bring familiarity and comfort to an experience fraught with stress and uncertainty.

So, does signing up with more than one recruit further ease the difficulties associated with initial military training?

The answer is an emphatic "yes" as it relates to members of a Samoan family with a decidedly large footprint at Fort Lee. There are 41 of them enrolled in various Sustainment Center of Excellence courses here, twisting the old adage "strength in numbers."

"This is good for us," said 30-year-old Spc. Joseph Tauiliili, assigned to Papa Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion, and the oldest among relatives in various stages of advanced individual training. "We come from American Samoa, and we're basically thousands of miles away from home. Seeing them by my side keeps me motivated every day."

American Samoa is a U.S. territory and part of the Samoan Islands, an archipelago that also includes the independent nation of Samoa. It is located in the Pacific Ocean roughly 2,500 miles southwest of Hawaii and a little over 2,000 miles northeast of New Zealand.

The Samoans in training here -- first, second, third and fourth cousins -- hail from Poloa, an area near the capital city of Pago Pago. All are related to the same malietoa or chieftain. Their decision to join in close proximity was partly based on strong familial and cultural ties, said Pvt. Siiva Tuiolemotu, assigned to Whiskey Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion.

"We wanted to stick together in training," the 20-year-old said, noting her country's communal culture.

Most of the Samoans are training in the Unit Supply Specialist Course taught at the Quartermaster School. A few are enrolled in courses for other quartermaster military occupational specialties, and at least one attends the Ordnance School.

American Samoa, which has struggled economically, boasts strong traditions of military service, said Tuiolemotu. In 2014, a local Army recruiting station was the most productive in the world, according to the Samoa News website. Still, kinship is what drives most to take the oath of service.

"The thing we care about is supporting our families," she said. "If that means (sacrificing) our lives, yes, we have to fight for them."

It also is legacy. Many of the soldiers are the latest to uphold family traditions.

"Most of my siblings are in the military, and I'm the youngest, so I wanted to follow in their footsteps," said 25-year-old Pfc. Vasait Saua, Whiskey Company, 244th Quartermaster Battalion.

Pvt. Talalelei Ames said his parents also spent time in uniform, and his father is a retiree. Enduring long periods of separation while they served, he said his military ties were not strong, but that has changed since he took the oath.

"Wearing the uniform makes me feel I am more connected to them," said the 19-year-old. "I think it's pretty awesome. I never had this much fun in my life and never had this much responsibility. Now, I know what my parents went through to protect the country."

The question of whether the Samoans are a close-knit clan or a loose group of relatives was answered during a recent photo session. The Quartermaster School's Sgt. Maj. Micheal Lambert, who organized the gathering, said there were smiles, hugs and kisses reminiscent of a family reunion. To top it all off, they postured as if performing a traditional dance complete with contorted facial expressions

"They are definitely a family," he said.

At some point during their training, the Samoans must face an inherent component of Army life - family separation. The sheer number of Samoans wearing uniforms, however, along with the richness of Samoan culture, is comforting in light of the prospect, said Tuiolemotu.

"I'm the first one who will leave the group," she said, noting a pending Fort Riley, Kansas, assignment. "I'm not worried because there are a lot of us out there. I'm bound to meet another relative somewhere. That's for sure."

November 22, 2017 at 11:08am

Ghost Brigade soldiers hone war-fighting-skills

A noncommissioned officer with 1-23 Infantry, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, specifies a soldier’s sector of fire Nov. 2 at Yakima Training Center. Photo credit: Staff Sgt. Samuel Northrup

Soldiers of 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team conducted Operation Argos, a training exercise held Oct. 27-Nov. 15, at Yakima Training Center, to build the brigade's war-fighting capabilities.

The purpose of the exercise was to prepare the units of 1-2 SBCT for their upcoming Bayonet Focus and National Training Center rotation at Fort Hunter Liggett and Fort Irwin, California, respectively. The training included company combined arms live-fire exercises involving obstacle breaching, clearing buildings and reacting to a Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) environment; a sustainer gunnery; and a joint capabilities integration exercise involving coordination among the intelligence, artillery and Air Force assets to target simulated enemy on the range.

"It is important for everyone to know what is going on on the battlefield," said Staff Sgt. Kiser Russell, a weapons squad leader with Company A, 2-3 Infantry, 1-2 SBCT. "Communicating with one another is essential to get the job done in a timely manner. When everyone is on the same page, it makes it easier for us to move pieces around the battlefield and accomplish the mission."

The CALFEX was a complex operation with a lot of moving parts, Russell added. Getting the coordination down between the different platoon leaders, the company commander, and the support by fire element is important, and this training was good practice for that.

During the CALFEX, the habitual relationships with the other units were solidified, according to Maj. Joe Mangan, the executive officer for 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, 1-2 SBCT. There are platoons of engineers who will have a habitual relationship with the different infantry units. These platoon-size elements of engineers will go through the lanes with an infantry company to remove impediments to the mission such as mined wire obstacles.

"We use a specific jargon within the engineer field when we talk about things such as a Bangalore breach," said Mangan. "That is great internally, but now we need to ensure the maneuver elements understand that jargon so they can better synchronize their operations.

"We also learn to communicate effectively with those maneuver elements," he added. "This helps create that shared understanding among us. That is a critical piece of this exercise that we wouldn't get if we were out executing a platoon live-fire by ourselves without the infantry units."

It is essential for these units to get that foundation of skills down before moving onto the more complex environments that are at Bayonet Focus and NTC, Mangan said.

It is important to build that foundation, especially between those assets such as the CBRNE (Chemical Nuclear, Radiological, Nuclear and Explosive) Reaction Team and engineer personnel, Russell said. When the unit has to work with those assets later on, they are already tracking how this unit operates and what is expected from each other.

"Ultimately, it boils down to when you are deployed, you are going to be part of a larger team and it is critical to get out there and integrate and train the way that you would fight," said Mangan.

November 22, 2017 at 11:04am

Thurston County Stand Down & Job Fair serves vets

Volunteers came in droves to assist setting up one hundred free turkeys for veterans (donated by Auto Warehousing in Tacoma) during the Thurston County Stand Down & Job Fair held in the Olympia National Guard Armory Friday, Nov. 17. Photo credit: WDVA

Thurston County Veterans took advantage of a dual Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Job Fair event held in the Olympia National Guard Armory Nov. 17.

Stand-Downs are typically a one-stop shop operation offered at various counties throughout a given state.

These events provide direct and needed services, while connecting veterans to dozens of veteran-supporting organizations and resources all under one roof.  Typical resources available at stand downs range from medical, dental, housing, employment and veteran benefits, to counseling, free haircuts, food, pet supplies and clothing.

Along with an abundance of available resources, veterans could also ask questions and obtain resources that they might not have otherwise known were available to them.

Thankfully, if you are a veteran in need of resources, the Thurston County Stand Down and Veterans Hiring Event had it all.

"Well we've got everything for those who are hearing impaired or have speech impairments ... We've got resources for those with TBI ... We've got the Social Security Administration for homeless vets that may have lost their social security card ... We've got the metropolitan development council and we've got service support for veteran's families program ... We've got the Washington Department of Veteran Affairs and their representatives ... We've got the Federal VA with VASH Housing Vouchers and other health programs, and we've even got a variety of Veterans Service Officers (VSO) organizations that are all here to assist with filing for service connected claims. Basically, we've got it all here for veterans," said Disabled Veteran Outreach Program Specialist Case Manager for Employment Security Department's Work Source in Thurston County, John Moysiuk or "Moose."

Along with having "everything" a homeless veteran could need, there are other advantages with having a stand down and hiring event both taking place at the same time.

"We have the event from this morning which is the stand down portion that's focused on presenting various service providers," said Moose.  "This afternoon we're going to transition to our hiring event which presents employers who are seeking to fill positions and not just advertise their business."

The stand down serves as an effective pre-cursor to the search for employment.

"Getting them ready and confident, by also providing a little additional dignity will always make for a better career search."

Both the Thurston County Veterans Stand Down and Veterans Hiring Event worked together to better serve veterans while ensuring they are better prepared to look for employment.

Moose speaks from his personal experience on the topic, as he was once a homeless veteran himself.

"I was a homeless vet, too, so I know what it's like and I'm still serving!"

A community coming together could be the most valuable resource for a veteran. Spreading the word and sharing information about resources and benefits is crucial in the battle against veteran homelessness.

"You need to spread the word that there are organizations that can assist and fight," said Moose.  "But the only way it's going to happen is if you step forward and open your mouth and ask for the assistance or ask the question."

November 20, 2017 at 5:59am

Free trees for JBLM families

EDITED: Once again, the Christmas SPIRIT Foundation will donate free holiday trees to military families in Washington.

The nationwide program, founded by the non-profit arm of the National Christmas Tree Association, and co-sponsored by Federal Express, collects monetary donations from corporations and individuals and donates trees from Christmas farms in order to ensure that military families in need have a tree for the holidays.

Families E-5 and below can show up to get a free tree December 16 at the American Lake Conference Center from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. Trees for Troops will be in the parking lot giving away free trees to all valid ID cardholders and Families with ranks E-5 and below on a first-come, first-served basis. Just find a parking spot and go pick up your tree.  ALCC is at 8085 NCO Beach Rd. at Lewis North.

November 17, 2017 at 3:16pm

Awardees honored for outstanding service to veterans

Dozens of American Gold Star Parents proudly display their fallen military children’s photo banners during the 52nd Auburn Veterans Day Parade held Nov. 11 in downtown Auburn. Photo credit: Gary Lott

Thousands of people lined a mile-long parade route on Main Street in Auburn Nov. 11 to watch the 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade & Observance.

The day kicked off with a breakfast sponsored by the American Legion followed by a Remembrance Ceremony and Static Display & Exhibit Showcase held along the parade route.

The Auburn Noon Lions Luncheon and an open house at the VFW followed the parade. The day concluded with the state's largest Marching Band and Field Competition awards, which took place at the Auburn High School Stadium.

Four vehicles traveling down the parade route honored this year's Outstanding Service to Veterans Award winners for their contributions to Washington State's veterans and their families during the past year.

The awards, presented during the Auburn Noon Lions Club Veterans Day Luncheon, are co-sponsored each year by the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee (VAAC) and the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and they recognize individuals who devote time and energy to improving the lives of Washington's veterans.

The 2017 Outstanding Service to Veterans are:

  • Dr. Theresa Cheng - Issaquah
  • Armando Mejia - Renton
  • Jermaine Kearse - Former Seattle Seahawk
  • John Moysiuk - Tumwater
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Korea - Seattle
  • Spokane Veterans Treatment Court - Spokane
  • Butterfly Wranglers - Tacoma
  • Heroes on the Water NW - Tacoma
  • Sen. Jan Angel
  • Rep. Kristine Reeves

"I am absolutely humbled to have just been awarded the 2017 Outstanding Service to Veterans Legislator of the Year Award from the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and the Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Board during the Auburn Noon Lions Auburn's 52nd Annual Veterans Day Parade Luncheon," said Legislator of the Year winner, Rep. Kristine Reeves.  "It is my honor to serve those who have served, currently serve, and their families as an advocate in our state's capitol."

For more information about the awardees nominations, contact Lisa Narciso at

November 17, 2017 at 3:05pm

Direct2Apprenticeship: Learn more about apprenticeship programs

A Direct2Apprenticeship networking event was held back in May 2017 for attendees to learn more about the many apprenticeship opportunities available to them and more. Photo credit: Paul Cruz, WDVA

Transitioning servicemembers and veterans interested in learning more about apprenticeships, specifically construction industry apprenticeships, are invited to the upcoming Direct2Apprenticeship event being held on Camp Murray from 9 a.m. until noon, Nov. 28.

This event provides an opportunity to hear from a multitude of employer panelists, to hear more about GI Bill benefits in apprenticeships, and to look at what industry-specific employment opportunities are available.

These Direct2Apprenticeship events partner attendees with training directors, employers and apprenticeship coordinators from construction industries in Washington State with the common goal of getting veterans employed.

Partnership is primary for success in the Direct2Apprenticeshp program.

"Partnership is at the heart of the success of this program," said Washington Department of Veterans Affairs Employment Track Program Specialist Rachel Roberts. "Without the support of other state agencies, the interest from employers to employ veterans, and support agencies willing to help fund and coordinate events, this program would not have the ability to meet the needs of veterans and transitioning servicemembers."

Hearing from various industry experts and employers can be an influential advantage for attendees, as well as a way to test out the water with a deep dive of information before fully committing.

"Direct2Apprenticeship events have been successful in getting veterans and transitioning servicemembers directly into several apprenticeship programs," said Roberts.  These events also better educate and inform servicemembers about the benefits they've earned and how to properly apply to apprenticeships."

This specific Direct2Apprenticeship program will focus on the construction industry.

"The Construction Direct2Apprenticeship is structured as both an information session and a job fair," said Roberts. "The first half of the event consists of speakers talking about what is an apprenticeship and how the GI Bill works with apprenticeships."

After the speakers portion of the event, a panel board will be held, consisting of some of the larger employers in the local area, as well as representation from various trades and city representatives.

"The room will then be setup for a speed networking event, where attendees will talk with various apprenticeship programs for about three to five minutes and then rotate to the next program," said Roberts.  "The goal is for all attending servicemembers to talk with every employer/apprenticeship coordinator present, allowing them to better understand all the opportunities for employment through apprenticeships in Washington State."   

Direct2Apprenticeship events are not just based around construction either.

"Apprenticeships are available in many industries outside of construction and they are growing at a very fast rate," added Roberts. "Other industries with available apprenticeships include aerospace manufacturing, information technology, safety, cosmetology and culinary, while other industries, such as banking, claims, nursing, clean energy and human resources are looking at adopting the apprenticeship model."

If nothing else, the Direct2Apprenticeship event will serve as an updated information session on different ways to utilize the GI Bill, as many servicemembers are unaware that they can use their GI Bill for an apprenticeship.

"If the servicemember chooses to use their Post 9/11 GI Bill, it will pay 100 percent of whatever they were allocated when they transitioned for the first six months/1,000 hours," added Roberts. "Every six months after, or 1,000 hours worked, the GI Bill will decrease by 20 percent, as the GI Bill continues to decrease as pay increases."

Direct2Apprenticeship events fall under Governor Jay Inslee's Washington State Military Transition Council (WSMTC).

Governor Inslee and Washington State Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA) remain committed to transitioning servicemembers and the veteran community in Washington State, which is why they have created the WSMTC.

"This council is focused on supporting our transitioning military community into the Washington State economy through living wage jobs," said Roberts. "A third, to a half, of those transitioning from the local bases stay in Washington State."

The Direct2Apprenticeship program helps to create a well-trained workforce that is ready to bring impactful attributes and skillsets into Washington businesses with one of the council's objectives focused on promoting state registered and GI Bill approved apprenticeships.

"Most servicemembers don't realize the amount of industries utilizing apprenticeships as a training development and recruitment model for their business,' added Roberts. "These are living wage jobs that increase the pay rate every 1,000 hours of work, until a journeypersons wage is reached."

Direct2Apprenticeshp events are informative ways for transitioning servicemembers to network directly with numerous unions, non-unions, employers, and others.

"The ability to network in your industry of choice, in the state you plan on transitioning into, is key to a smooth and successful transition from service," said Roberts. "You can learn a whole new marketable skillset with a mentor alongside you teaching you the tradecraft."       

To learn more about upcoming Direct2Apprenticeship events and/or to register for the Nov. 28 event, please contact Rachel Roberts at or visit

November 17, 2017 at 3:00pm

My experience as an intern

In May 2017, Veterans Conservation Corps and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration intern, Barney Boyer, is seen sampling juvenile salmon in the Qwuloolt Estuary. Photo courtesy NW Indian Fisheries Commission

Note: Barney Boyer recently served as an intern for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center. Boyer assisted biologists there with several different research projects that have wild Pacific Northwest salmon conservation as priorities. During his internship, he gathered environmental data and conducted surveys in the Snohomish and Elwa estuaries to identify the behaviors of wild fish populations in the Pacific Northwest.

Boyer began his journey to the Northwest Fisheries Science Center as an airman in the United States Air Force. After three years as a civil engineer in the 49th Fighter Wing, he began his civilian life as an operations manager for Hilton International and Compass Group.  While working with the public in Chicago and Seattle, Boyer found himself fielding questions from consumers about the food and ingredients used in his operations along with other questions about where specific food comes from, its cultivation and harvesting processes, and its level of sustainability.  Answering these questions, and working closely with growers and processors, helped him better understand how the anthropogenic processes affect the environment.

After taking college courses in Natural Resources Management, he found himself on the road into further academia, this time at the University of Illinois. Boyer's experience and interest in Pacific Northwest salmon as a recreational angler led him to frame his undergraduate research around the resident Pacific Northwest salmon of the Great Lakes. After graduating, he moved back to the Seattle area and joined the Washington State Veterans Conservation Corps (VCC). This relationship led to an internship with NOAA and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Mukilteo, where he successfully assisted biologists and ecologists in the field and conducted lab research in conservation efforts of the Pacific Northwest salmon.

I started my internship at NOAA through an introduction with Jeremy Grisham, who was the program manager for VCC internships. I was chosen for the internship program after a short interview process.  Grisham then introduced me to salmon conservation research biologists Casey Rice, Jason Hall, Anna Kagley and Joshua Chamberlin at the Mukilteo Science Center as well as VCC Internship Program managers Kim Pham and Sandor Saligi, who have been by my side throughout the internship process.

Soon, I was out in the field riding on an NOAA research vessel with federal biologists learning about the ecology of salmon in the Pacific Northwest. I learned how to execute sampling of threatened species catching fish in the estuaries and near shore areas of Puget Sound watersheds. I learned how to catch fish, identify and measure them, and how to use data sheets. I learned about habitat monitoring. I also worked in the Snohomish Estuary and learned how to track sediment deposition using various instruments. Soon I was entering research data into spreadsheets and building graphs and figures to explain the data using Excel and statistical software.

I expressed to my mentors at NOAA that I wanted to use my internship as a stepping stone toward a career. I expressed an interest in taking on my own research project, the possibility of getting a peer-reviewed article published, and moving on to graduate school when my internship was over. Everyone was extremely helpful and excited to help me accomplish something great. We were soon discussing topics of interest and available data that we could use for an analysis.

Currently, I am finishing my last few months as an intern here at NOAA. I have learned many new skills, provided analysis for a research project for Island County and executed many hours of field research and data collection. I have learned to drive research vessels and use various types of software and instruments related to field research.  I am also in the final leg of completing a research paper about how seasonal temperature anomalies of the Snohomish Estuary affect abundance and distribution of non-indigenous warm water sunfish, which will be ready for peer review in the coming weeks. Furthermore, I have recently been offered a research assistantship and full tuition waiver at Grand Valley State University to complete my Master's Degree in Fisheries Biology. This was only made possible through the experience I gained here with the VCC and the NOAA. This has really been the experience of a lifetime, and it has catapulted me into a brand-new career. I could not be more excited.

To learn more about VCC Internships and how to apply, please contact the Veterans Conservation Corps Internship coordinator Kim Pham at

November 17, 2017 at 7:37am

Shop at First World to save the environment

Paper has been a part of most recycling programs for more than 30 years, and yet it is still one of the most common items found in the garbage. 24 million tons of paper was thrown in the garbage in the U.S. in 2012.

As a company First World will convert the following paper products into usability products: Office paper, copy paper, construction paper, newspaper, cardboard, mail/junk mail, envelopes, paper bags, cereal and cookie boxes, frozen food boxes, juice boxes, and milk and juice cartons, other paper products and cardboard.

Every year approximately 150,000 tons of paper and 4 million trees are used in the production of the greeting card industry alone. Our goal is to help minimize the amount of paper being wasted and save millions of trees.

Our jute material tote bags and jute paper craft cards are made of 100% organic cotton, and paper products are made from 100% post-consumer recycled paper. As a practice we design products that minimize waste, where processing emits 25-50% less greenhouse gasses during manufacturing than paper made with chlorine bleach. All of our printing is done with non-toxic vegetable-based ink. We believe in the quadruple bottom line: people, our planet, profit, and social environmental justice.

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