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VA has rapid training program

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VA has rapid training program

WASHINGTON - As part of the American Rescue Plan, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is accepting applications from veterans interested in the Veteran Rapid Retraining Assistance Program (VRRAP). VRRAP gives eligible veterans who lost their job due to the COVID-19 pandemic access to employment reeducation to qualify for high-demand occupations. "Through

PCS better this season

Military Life

PCS better this season

As soldiers, civilians and families gear up for the upcoming PCS season, the Army has streamlined processes and policies to enable a safe, convenient, predictable, and user-friendly move. Improvements to make this year's moves easier include updates to the Army PCS Move App, increased reimbursements for personally procured moves (PPMs),

Army approves fitness test exception

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Army approves fitness test exception

All corporals and specialists will have the option to take the Army Physical Fitness Test, a move meant to help them "stay on track for promotion" as the service transitions to the long-awaited combat fitness test. The policy came after a review found that a "small number" of fewer than 5,500

Mobility Guardian set to start

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Mobility Guardian set to start

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Illinois - Exercise Mobility Guardian 2021, the Air Force's largest and longest exercise ensuring readiness to move military personnel and equipment in combat operations, is scheduled to begin at Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center, Michigan, on May 15. More than 1,800 exercise participants will operate 18 mobility

PCSing to Alaska

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PCSing to Alaska

The RMG Real Estate Network works to make  the mission of moving to Alaska a less daunting challenge. "It's no small feat," wrote Jake Nelson, a buyer's specialist, in an email. "Leave room for adjustment. Whether you plan on flying, driving or taking a ferry, it is a long trip. We

New in first aid

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New in first aid

Medics can apply coagulants like QuikClot to wounds to stem blood loss long enough for a service member to get to a field hospital. But arterial wounds can be hard to treat in the field, said Robert Mantz, a chemistry branch chief with the Army Research Laboratory. Troops dying from blood

SNCO overcomes ultimate tribulation

Military Life

SNCO overcomes ultimate tribulation

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - As a newly promoted master sergeant, Anthony DiMase was well prepared for the next stepping stone in his career, but he was not prepared for the life-altering news that would make this road a bit rockier. In June of 2017, six years into his time here, DiMase

Life insurance and the military

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Life insurance and the military

Have you ever searched the Internet to get answers to various insurance programs specific to the military lifestyle? Did you put your contact information into one of those sites that promises to get insurance quotes from 50 or more companies, only to find out the flood of calls lighting up your

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Ghost film's failures are scary

Why is nobody utterly in awe of ghosts in “Over Her Dead Body” and so many other ghostcoms? Here is a supernatural manifestation from another realm, and everybody treats it as a plot device. The movie even drags in a Catholic priest, who seems bewilderingly ignorant of his church’s beliefs

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Winston Jarrett

Winston Jarrett, a venerable reggae semi-legend, is playing Jazzbones this week, which poses quite a predicament for Bobble Tiki. First of all, let it be known that Bobble Tiki loves the reggae. An islander himself, Bobble Tiki just relates to the laid back vibe and “one love” ideals the music exudes.

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Best Of Show

When I first read “Best Of Show” on the press release for Mocha Moo’s $1,500 singer-songwriter competition, I had visions of a mockumentary love child mothered by “A Mighty Wind” and fathered by Christopher Guest’s other blockbuster, “Best in Show.” I guess you’d call it “Bestie Junior” (insert laugh track). But

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La Fondita Lounge

We at the Weekly Volcano were pleased to get the word about Music in the Lounge at Proctor District’s La Fondita from bar manager Johanna Gardner. Not only does the ‘Dita have some of the tastiest Mexican food in town, but the owners and staff are so pleasant and genuinely

Sexual assault in the military

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Sexual assault in the military

At this moment, sexual assault is the most prevalent crime in the United States. "But the thing is," wrote Jenifer Kuadli in an article entitled "32 Shocking Sexual Assault Statistics for 2021", "sexual assault statistics reflect that many crimes are still not fully addressed or understood." Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III

COVID tough on military kids

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COVID tough on military kids

COVID-19 largely took away their schooling, in-person relationships with friends and fellow students, their teachers, extracurricular activities, and any semblance of a normal life. It gave them worried parents and iffy internet connections for school - and for game playing or other 'fun' uses. And for the almost two million kids

Mission thaws

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Mission thaws

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Though it is another season for the books, the 2020-2021 season of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF) ends as a highlight for one Reserve citizen airman's career. Chief Master Sgt. Ty Brooks, a loadmaster assigned to the 313th Airlift Squadron, has been participating in ODF for 18 years.

Free to be a better soldier

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Free to be a better soldier

KABUL, Afghanistan - Maj. Alivia Stehlik's fears that transgender soldiers would be kicked out of the Army faded April 30 as former President Donald Trump's regulations were overturned. Those who meet military standards are once again allowed to enlist and serve openly. But the policy change - announced in March by

What war could feel like

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What war could feel like

The massive Northern Edge joint exercise kicked off May 2 in Alaska, bringing together about 15,000 U.S. airmen, sailors, Marines and soldiers and 240 ships and aircraft, including the Air Force's newly upgraded fighter, the F-15EX Eagle ll. Soldiers from the 17th Field Artillery Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord are also

App to help soldiers earn their EIB

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App to help soldiers earn their EIB

U.S. Army service members now have a new training aid to help them earn the coveted Expert Infantryman Badge, a mobile app. 1st Lt. Egor Krasnonosenkikh, an infantry officer assigned to 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division on Joint Base Lewis-McChord used self-taught programming

Project Sanctuary helps military families heal

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Project Sanctuary helps military families heal

Project Sanctuary hosts veteran and active duty families through six-day therapeutic retreats at locations across the United States. While at retreats, families participate in sessions directed at improving relationships, financial literacy and mental health. Recreational activities are strategically designed to improve family cohesiveness by providing opportunities that create bonding, improved communication

Get the shot on McChord

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Get the shot on McChord

The McChord Airman's Clinic here is administering COVID-19 vaccinations to active-duty Air Force personnel, civilian employees and contractors. Madigan Army Medical Center is the head of COVID-19 vaccination distribution for JBLM and is working toward decentralizing access to the vaccine by making it available at the Airman's Clinic. This is Madigan's

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