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May 4, 2015 at 1:23pm

Free Microsoft certification for JBLM troops

(Pierce County Library) – Veterans can improve their technology skills and employability by enrolling in a free  Microsoft IT Academy Open Lab through Pierce County Library System between now and May 28.

Transitioning service members study at their convenience at home or at the drop-in Open Labs which are professionally staffed. Courses offered include Microsoft Office, Microsoft Server,Microsoft.Netandhundreds more. Microsoft certification is offered for free ($150 value) for enrollees in the program.Statistics show that proficiency in the Microsoft Office suite is one of the top three most-desired job skills.

Open Labs are available at locations on or near Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM):

·         Stone Education Center, JBLM, 6242 Colorado Ave., Tacoma, WA 98433
Mondays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

·         RallyPoint/6, 9881 Bridgeport Way S.W., Lakewood, WA 98499
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays; 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Open Labs are made possible by a partnership between the library, WorkForce Central and RallyPoint/6. The partnership was underwritten by a $7,500 grant from the Washington State Library to support digital literacy. The library’s partnership supports the development of skills that will enhance the employability of returning military personnel in a digital and evolving world. Pierce County Library System is dedicated to helping job seekers boost their digital skills and explore new possible career paths through online learning.

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October 1, 2013 at 7:16am

U.S. military commissaries, exchanges close during government shutdown

Despite a government shutdown, military commissaries overseas and all Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities will continue operation. Stateside, however, military commissaries will close.

Despite a government shutdown, military commissaries overseas and all Army and Air Force Exchange Service facilities will continue operation.

Military commissaries in the United States, however, will not be open during the government shutdown, said the director of the Defense Commissary Agency.

During the government shutdown, 38 commissaries in Europe, one store in Puerto Rico, and 29 stores in the Pacific, including Guam, will remain open. Keeping the facilities open is a safety and security measure to serve U.S. troops and their families stationed overseas.

Read Army News Service's full report on how the exchanges are affected during the government shutdown on the U.S. Army website.

LINK: Information for soldiers, civilians impacted by government shutdown

Filed under: Exchanges, Policy/Politics,

June 14, 2013 at 2:08pm

Exchange Service offers $1,000 raffle

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher's dirty looks

No doubt Alice Cooper's famous lyrics are ringing loud just about now.

Well ... not inside the Army and Air Force Exchange Service's corporate office. The folks at Exchange Service have autumn on the noggin. It has just release a back-to-school(!) promotion, offering $1,000 to lucky winners. Let's read the press release. ...

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service will ease the burden of back-to-school shopping for 15 lucky shoppers during the Unilever "Salute to Clean" sweepstakes.

Each winner will be awarded a $1,000 gift card, redeemable at any Exchange location worldwide or online at The drawing will be held on or around Aug. 22, just in time for students to coordinate their closets and stock up on supplies for the first day of class.


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