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Local schools named ‘purple stars’

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Local schools named ‘purple stars’

Washington state is home to thousands of military-connected families, including active-duty service members, reserves members, and veterans. To recognize school districts that have incorporated military-friendly practices and demonstrate a commitment to military-connected students and families, the 2023 Legislature created the Purple Star Award Program. The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction

Soldier revolutionizes Army fitness standards

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Soldier revolutionizes Army fitness standards

There are many phrases that can describe Sgt. 1st Class Latoya Greene, Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion, III Armored Corps, but "out of shape" is not among them. Greene is the very definition of a fitness enthusiast. She is up and working out in the gym at 4 a.m. most mornings and

Month of the Military Child

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Month of the Military Child

FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. - The Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) joins communities across the world in celebrating the Month of the Military Child in April. For nearly 40 years, supporters from public and private organizations have come together for annual events and activities to honor military children and the sacrifices they make. "Young

Spring has sprung at the Washington State Fair

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Spring has sprung at the Washington State Fair

As winter bids farewell and nature awakens with vibrant colors, the Washington State Spring Fair emerges as a celebration of life, community, and tradition. Nestled in the heart of Puyallup, this annual event transforms the Puyallup fairgrounds into a bustling hub of excitement, drawing in locals and tourists alike. From

Army announces FDA clearance of whole blood rapid test to help with assessment of TBI

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Army announces FDA clearance of whole blood rapid test to help with assessment of TBI

U.S. Army officials, in partnership with Abbott, announced today that the company's i-STAT® TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) cartridge has received clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to be used with whole blood. The newly cleared device can run whole blood testing at the patient's bedside, allowing clinicians to obtain

JBLM launches new radio transmission platform

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JBLM launches new radio transmission platform

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Leaders with the Directorate of Public Works and the Network Enterprise Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord gathered with JBLM first responders March 14 to celebrate the launch of the base's new state-of-the-art, redundant radio transmission system that brings communications at the installation into a new realm

JBLM troops and families can use new moving system

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JBLM troops and families can use new moving system

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. - The Defense Personal Property Management Office (DPMO) at U.S. Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM), in coordination with military service and U.S. Coast Guard headquarters leadership, has selected 14 initial domestic installations to be the first to award shipments under the new Global Household Goods Contract (GHC)

New feature of MHS GENESIS Patient Portal allows prescription refills

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New feature of MHS GENESIS Patient Portal allows prescription refills

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - The Defense Health Agency has launched a new feature that lets you request prescription refills through MHS GENESIS. MHS GENESIS is the Department of Defense's new electronic health record. It's now in use at every military hospital and clinic worldwide. Prescription refills through the MHS GENESIS Patient

Tacoma Restaurant Week returns this month

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Tacoma Restaurant Week returns this month

Tacoma Restaurant Week is a culinary extravaganza that celebrates the vibrant dining scene of the city. During this bi-annual event, top restaurants in the Tacoma area offer special prix-fixe menus featuring delectable dishes at irresistible prices. From gourmet lunches to indulgent dinners Tacoma Restaurant Week invites food lovers to explore

DOD releases reproductive health travel numbers

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DOD releases reproductive health travel numbers

Under a policy implemented last year, service members and eligible dependents may be authorized travel and transportation allowances to access noncovered reproductive health care services when timely access to those services is not available near a member's permanent duty station. "For example, this could entail a service member traveling from their

JBLM soldiers gain financial knowledge at AER challenge event

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JBLM soldiers gain financial knowledge at AER challenge event

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Soldiers with the 6th Military Police Company, 22nd MP Battalion participated in an AER Meets Financial Literacy Challenge March 22 where they learned details about the Army Emergency Relief assistance program, as well as financial lessons and guidance from AER specialists and Financial Readiness Program counselors

Consolidate your credit cards and save with ACU

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Consolidate your credit cards and save with ACU

Credit cards can be convenient for making purchases, but if we're not careful, it's easy to rack up high-interest debt. If you have multiple credit cards with high balances, it can be challenging to keep track of what you owe and when payments are due. That's where debt consolidation comes

Exploring nature's canvas: Scenic drives

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Exploring nature's canvas: Scenic drives

Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Northwest, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers military personnel and their families a gateway to some of the most breathtaking landscapes in the region. From verdant forests to majestic mountains and shimmering waterways, the area surrounding JBLM is a paradise for nature enthusiasts and

New name for ‘key spouses’

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New name for ‘key spouses’

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - The Department of the Air Force announced the Key Spouse Program is changing to the Commander's Key Support Program, at the annual major command spouse conference, March 13-15.   The updated program expands opportunities for airmen, guardians, federal employees and family members to contribute to their units, allowing

Commissaries starting to ban single-use shopping bags

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Commissaries starting to ban single-use shopping bags

ORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. - Commissaries on Hawaii will no longer issue single-use shopping bags starting in April, as the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA) follows local laws to reduce waste and protect the environment, the agency announced. In accordance with the state of Hawaii Ordinance 19-30 signed Dec. 15, 2019, disposable carryout

VA updates disability rating schedule for digestive system

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VA updates disability rating schedule for digestive system

VA announced March 19 an update to the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) specifically pertaining to digestive conditions. The changes add or modify rating criteria for 55 medical conditions in the rating schedule that incorporate medical advancements for treating certain disabilities and modern medical knowledge to compensate veterans more

Three to enter JBLM hall of fame

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Three to enter JBLM hall of fame

In 2003, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) established the JBLM Hall of Fame, later dubbed the Lieutenant General Bill Harrison Service Award. This year, three more individuals will be inducted. The JBLM Hall of Fame Lt. Gen. Bill Harrison Service Award was created to honor civilians who have had a significant impact

Special-order uniforms provide accommodations

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Special-order uniforms provide accommodations

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio (AFNS) - Military uniforms are designed to accommodate most body types, but many individuals face difficulty finding a good fit based on unique proportions or even medical needs. The Air Force provides special-order - often used interchangeably with special-measurement which is the most common

Breaking barriers in the skies

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Breaking barriers in the skies

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - In the year of 1969 Summerville, South Carolina native, Willie Middleton, made the decision to join the U.S. Air Force scripting a unique narrative extending beyond the confines of the Vietnam War era. Middleton's dedication to mentorship, continued education, and entrepreneurship has forged the path for future

Save time and money

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Save time and money

FORT GREGG-ADAMS, Va. - Commissary CLICK2GO, the Defense Commissary Agency's (DeCA) online shopping and curbside pickup service, now accepts Electronic Benefits Transfer/Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (EBT/SNAP) payments online and in the app. "We're proud to now offer EBT/SNAP customers the ability to use their entitlement for online payment," said DeCA Director

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