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October 28, 2013 at 11:41am

Military receive free tickets to PLU vs. UPS football game Saturday

Are you ready for some football? Photo courtesy of Facebook

As a way of saying thanks for their service, Pacific Lutheran University is inviting the troops - active and retired - to attend PLU's final home game of the season free Saturday, Nov. 2.

It's an early Veteran Day's appreciation moment.

"With our close proximity to JBLM, we wanted to do something to recognize our veterans," said Tyler Scott, PLU's sports information director. "We wanted to do something to recognize our veterans in our last home game of the year."

PLU's last home game of the season will be Saturday against rival University of Puget Sound. Kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. at Sparks Stadium in Puyallup. They anticipate handing out 1,000 tickets.

"Just come to the game and get the tickets," Scott said. "Show your military ID and you get in."


October 20, 2013 at 11:44am

JBLM team wins its division at Army Ten-Miler

The JBLM Men's Active-Duty Masters Team grabbed first place in its division at the 2013 Army Ten-Miler Oct. 20 in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Ken Swarner

The Army's 29th annual Army Ten-Miler race was held today in Washington, D.C. at the U.S. Pentagon. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, D.C., known as MDW, this prestigious race attracts 35,000 military and civilian runners from around the world. It is the third largest 10-mile race in the world, and all proceeds benefit Soldier and Soldier family MWR programs.

The Army Ten-Miler event also features a two-day Army Ten-Miler Expo, presented by Boeing, on Oct. 18-19, at the D.C. Armory. The expo hosts more 75 exhibitors and attracts 40,000 attendees. Race day activities include a "world class" race with elite athletes, live music, youth activities, and the popular "Hooah Tent Zone" which features interactive displays and exhibits by Army installations from around the world, including the Joint Base Lewis-McChord chapter of the Association of the United States Army handing out red, white and blue water bottles.

The unofficial Army Ten-Miler race results are in. The JBLM active-duty masters team grabbed first place in its division. UPDATE: JBLM Active Duty Masters Men team placed first in its division with a time of 4:12.26. The team was comprised of Christopher Rizzo of JBLM, George Mount of Tacoma, Jeffery Bryan of Steilacoom, Jonathan Richner of Marysville and Yong Park of DuPont.

The JBLM Active Duty Women team placed fourth in the Commanders Cup division with a time of 4:34:54. The team was comprised of Amanda Dietzen of Lacey, Chelsea Prahl of Steilacoom, Christina Rath of Steilacoom, Cristal Ramirez of University Place, Erica Chabalko of DuPont, Hailyn Bluff of Puyallup, Jennifer Han of JBLM and Marisa Gossweiler of Tacoma.

Other local male winners were Gregory Leak from Steilacoom took 12th place overall with a time of 50:01. Preston Myers of JBLM grabbed 35th place with a time of 52:58. Jake England of DuPont took 47th place clocking in at 54:13.

The first local female to cross the line was 23-year-old Chelsea Prahl of Steilacoom with a time of 1:00:11, who placed second in her division.


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July 25, 2013 at 9:43am

Milton to Astoria run honors fallen Rangers

More than 170 miles. A copious amount of runners. Multiple cities. One start and one ending: Milton, Wash. to Astoria, Ore. This is the Honor the Fallen Relay Run. The event, which is set to be held Sunday, July 28, serves three purposes: as a fundraiser in support of the Army Ranger Lead the Way Fund, to create awareness for the fund and the Sgt. Patrick Gass AUSA (Association of the United States Army) Subchapter and to honor all fallen rangers from the 2nd Ranger Battalion and the family they left behind.

"The concept for the run came about by brainstorming on how we can do something to give back to the Lead The Way Fund, which has been a tremendous organization helping Rangers and their Families in recent years," said event organizer Max Ferguson. "We wanted to do something unique, noteworthy and challenging that would incorporate as much of the community as possible. It's not only helping raise money for LTWF, it's been a great tool to create awareness for both LTWF and the Sgt. Patrick Gass AUSA Subchapter. It's truly a phenomenal community uniting and outreach event."

Two public events are planned. First, at 11:30 a.m., a sendoff ceremony will be held at the Milton Veteran's Memorial at Triangle Park in Milton. It's being hosted by the Milton VFW Post 11401 and the City of Milton. At 2 p.m. Monday, July 29, a finale ceremony and community gathering will take place at the finish line, which will be hosted by the Oregon USO and the Astoria American Legion.

"It's all about awareness and connecting Rangers, Ranger families and the community surrounding Joint Base Lewis-McChord," said Ferguson. "It's about appreciating the goodness of the people in the Northwest." 

Ferguson and the Lead The Way Fund are looking for donators and volunteers.

"We hope anyone who is able to support the event, donate by going to the First Giving website and searching "Honor the Fallen" or by visiting the LTWF site."

Ferguson stressed the Honor the Fallen Relay Run is an AUSA and Lead the Way Fund event; it is not officially sponsored or supported by the 2nd Ranger Battalion or 75th Ranger Regiment.  Any Rangers who are participating or organizing the event are doing so in their own personal capacity as volunteers and does not suggest endorsement by the military organizations. 

"All of the volunteers and supporters are excited about participating in the event on the 28th and 29th," said Ferguson. "We would love to see the community come out and be a part of both of those events."

Filed under: Benefit, Sports, Army Rangers,

July 22, 2013 at 12:26pm

Capt. Richard Kresser is running a six-day bicycle race

Capt. Richard Kresser, 3rd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, holds up a pair of long distance running shoes he may use to run across Iowa. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

Remember Capt. Richard Kresser? He's the Joint Base Lewis-Base engineer assigned to 3rd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division who is running the 406 mile Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, or RAGBRAI.

The race began yesterday. Kresser ran 50 miles. The Des Moines Register has the story and video.

June 9, 2013 at 6:26pm

Words & Video: Salute to Armed Forces Day at Cheney Stadium

The 56th Army Band pumped up the crowd during Salute to Armed Forces Day Sunday, June 9 at Tacoma's Cheney Stadium. Photo credit: Pappi Swarner

Today was a double-header day of sorts at Cheney Stadium.

On the field, the Tacoma Rainiers lost to the Las Vegas 51s, 7-1. But a good portion of the game's focus was aimed at saluting the armed forces. The Rainiers dedicated the game to the brave men and women of the state's military. The team wore military-themed uniforms that were auctioned off live following the game, with proceeds benefiting the U.S.O. Northwest. The 1-38th Infantry Regiment, 4th Stryker Brigade Combat Team lifted hundreds of kids to the top of their Stryker. Local Army, Air Force, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard threw out ceremonial pitches, as well as took the field during the National Anthem. And the 56th Army Band performed just inside the gate before the first pitch was thrown. Check out the video of the band's performance below.

The coolest unveiling during the events at Cheney Stadium was the new P.O.W./M.I.A. seat.

LINK: Photos from Salute to Armed Forces Day at Cheney Stadium

LINK: Recap of the baseball game

June 7, 2013 at 5:13pm

Local veterans invited to St. Andrews golf course

Will the American Lake Veterans Golf Course be ablaze with kilts, bagpipes, dancers and Scottish meat pies tomorrow? Doubtful. Will the golf course host three of the biggest smiles on the planet? Most definitely.

The Northwest Military World headquarter received some late, but wonderful news that three local veterans - Sgt. Steve Reynolds, Sgt. Al Domme and Maj. Tony Wingfield - have been invited to play golf the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland ... for basically free. The Scot responsible for such an awesome honor will greet the three tomorrow afternoon at the local golf course. The details are in the ALVGC release below


May 23, 2013 at 12:07pm

Seattle Mariners to host Veteran Appreciation Day

If you're looking for an especially enjoyable way to spend Memorial Day with or in honor of a special veteran in your life, Monday, May 27, Safeco Field is hosting its first Veteran Appreciation Day. Discounted tickets will be offered for all "veterans, military and their families," as the Mariners' website states. The Mariners' grand battle against the San Diego Padres will begin at 1:10 p.m., but be sure to get there when the gates open at 11:10 to catch the pre-game show, which will be honoring approximately 65 veterans from many different eras and the resource fair in the 300 section arranged by the National Alliance to End Veterans Suicide. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket purchased will be donated to the Alliance; so just by going to the game you will be bringing benefits to an excellent cause.


Filed under: Sports, Veterans, Honors,

May 20, 2013 at 10:28am

7th ID Bayonet Week update

Soldiers from the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, pose before the Bayonet Ultimate Strength Competition. Photo courtesy of Facebook

As you know the 7th Infantry Division is championing the theme of "Resilience Through Fitness" by hosting Bayonet Week May 18-23. It's not so much poking each other with bayonets, but rather units competing in events ranging from golf and combatives to dodge ball and a gaming tournament.

According to the official Bayonet Week website, the 2-2 SBCT has already taken the lead with a victory on Eagle Pride Golf Course.

Below are voting results of a pre-tournament survey predicting the winner of Bayonet Week. So far it looks as if the prediction might be true.

May 15, 2013 at 6:31pm

Army racks up medals at 2013 Warriors Games

Lakewood, Colo., native retired Sgt. Margaux Mange, a former military policeman and six-time medalist of the Warrior Games, throws a discus in the sitting discus event during the Warrior Games held at the U.S. Air Force Academy May 14, 2013. Photo credit:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - The third day of competition in the 2013 Warrior Games officially came to a close May 14, and for many members of the U.S. Army team that meant going to bed with a shiny new medal around their necks.

The day's competition was mainly centered on track and field events held at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Teams from all branches of the U.S. armed services competed as well as a team from the United Kingdom.

Among those claiming a gold medal was Army Sgt. Joshua Andrew, an infantryman from Castle Rock, Wash., assigned to the Warrior Transition Battalion at Joint Base lewis-McChord.

"I do have a weakness," he said. "But I have learned to use my strengths to overcome weakness."

Andrew showed his strength to everyone by competing in and winning the men's standing shot.


May 14, 2013 at 6:50pm

Sgt. Joshua Andrew of JBLM wins gold and silver at Warrior Games

U.S. Army Sgt. Joshua Andrew, with the Warrior Transition Battalion, JBLM, throws a discus during a track and field practice at Cowan Stadium April 16, 2013. Photo credit: Sgt. Zachary Gardner, 17th Public Affairs Detachment (cropped)

Sgt. Joshua Andrew, 26, a member of Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Warrior Transition Battalion, competed today at the 4th annual Warrior Games in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Over the course of his time downrange from 2008-2009, Andrew suffered several dislocations to his right knee and incurred a traumatic brain injury, which compromised his memory. Since his redeployment, he's been a member of the JBLM WTB and has found that physical competition and training aided in his healing.

Andrew, who was a high school athlete, found his niche in track and field events, like the shot put - which he was reported to be the Army's favorite to win the event. 

And, during one of the first competitions held Tuesday, May 14, Andrew managed to fulfill expectations and walk away with the gold medal for shot put (open), throwing it 14.49 meters.

Clearly not done for the day, the JBLM Warrior also finished with a silver medal in the men's discus (open) event, throwing it 35.46 meters.

Congratulations to Sgt. Andrew and to all of the other competitors at this year's Warrior Games, which will conclude this Thursday.

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