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Air Force issues updated list of jobs eligible for retention bonuses

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Air Force issues updated list of jobs eligible for retention bonuses

The Air Force's list of career specialties eligible for the Selective Retention Bonus program has edged up slightly to 39, but the number still remains low by historical standards due to the service's record-high retention levels. In January, the Air Force announced that 37 specialties were eligible for bonuses for the

Madigan and JBLM cross the 100k vaccine dose given mark

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Madigan and JBLM cross the 100k vaccine dose given mark

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER - In these times where the terms millions and billions are tossed around on a daily basis, it may be easy to forget just how big a number 100,000 really is. Madigan Army Medical Center and its partners I Corps and the 62nd Airlift Wing have

Fighting cyberattacks

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Fighting cyberattacks

In his line of service, Maj. Sameer Puri knows a lot about cybersecurity. He is a Title 32 Active Guard and Reserve member of the Washington Army National Guard. In this role not only does Puri serve as the Director of Information, he is also the team chief for the Defensive

JBLM youth earns top award

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JBLM youth earns top award

JOINT BASE SAN ANTONIO, FORT SAM HOUSTON, TEXAS ?"? Seven military children are winners and two received honorable mentions in the 2021 Young Lives, BIG Stories contest sponsored by the U.S. Army Installation Management Command's G9 Child and Youth Services. The art and essay contest is part of the 2021 Month

Summertime entertainment in the park

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Summertime entertainment in the park

Few things beat a beautiful Pacific Northwest summer evening spent at a local park listening to music, watching movies and other entertainment varieties. We're talking a full picnic dinner, blankets, chairs and the whole family out to enjoy the festivities. If you agree and are looking to spend an evening

‘Black Hawk Down’ soldiers to have medals upgraded

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‘Black Hawk Down’ soldiers to have medals upgraded

Sixty American soldiers who fought in the infamous Battle of Mogadishu will receive upgraded awards later this year for their valorous efforts 28 years ago in the brutal running battle through the streets of Somalia's capital, the Army announced. Army Special Operations Command officials will award 58 Silver Stars and two

Cleaning with pride

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Cleaning with pride

Mark Herr said that concentrated effort is an excellent way to achieve one's business goals. "It takes hard work," the Army veteran began. "In war zones and in recruiting, I learned that I had to go out and get what I wanted, even if there were several other people who wanted

AF to end COVID testing for Patriot Express flights at Sea-Tac

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AF to end COVID testing for Patriot Express flights at Sea-Tac

RAF MILDENHALL, England - Onsite COVID-19 testing services will be discontinued from July 15 for Patriot Express flights out of Baltimore/Washington and Seattle-Tacoma international airports, the Air Mobility Command said. The Patriot Express, also called the Rotator or Cat B, is the Pentagon's charter flight system used by service members and

Free military family events return in July

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Free military family events return in July

Northwest Military - publishers of the Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers - invite you and your family to two FREE military family support events featuring Polynesian shows in July sponsored by Grand Canyon University. The first event is Saturday at the Capital Christian Center in Lacey from 11 a.m. to

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Life de-railed

UPDATE: Ken Miller awarded $500,000 in court. This month, Ken Miller will find out if his proverbial fight with city hall was worth it. For the past three years, Miller has spent the better part of his days fighting to keep property that regional transportation authority Sound Transit says it needs

Bringing music to the people

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Bringing music to the people

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott Pierson understands the power of music. "We have the great privilege of interacting with the citizens of Washington as citizen soldiers because we all live and work in Washington," Pierson, commander of the 133rd Army Band, Washington Army National Guard (WAARNG), wrote in an email. "In some

Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

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Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

WASHINGTON - Two lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday in response to multiple watchdog reports of deaths after calls were mishandled by the Veterans Crisis Line.  The bill, titled the Revising and Expediting Actions for the Crisis Hotline (REACH) for Veterans Act, would require an independent agency to evaluate the training for

A historic first

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A historic first

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Lt. Col. Meghann Sullivan took command of the 5th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 28, marking a historic first as she becomes the first female commander of an SFAB battalion. "Lt. Col. Sullivan is a phenomenal engineer, and her selection as

FREE local Blue Star Museums to visit

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FREE local Blue Star Museums to visit

The national 2021 Blue Star Museums program  began on Armed Forces Day and will continue to honor military families through Labor Day. This program offers free admission at participating museums for active-duty military personnel, National Guard, Reserves and up to five of their family members. If you're traveling far and

New USO manager brings experience

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New USO manager brings experience

USO Northwest recently welcomed David Dutcher as the new manager of its Camp Lewis Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). "Due to the pandemic, the center has been closed for a little over a year," said the native of Mississippi, "and I would say that my two biggest challenges are bringing

Celebrating the Fourth

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Celebrating the Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. For service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it provides a number of opportunities for fun and fireworks. The recent easing of restrictions due to COVID-19 did not allow event organizers enough time to

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Adrian's legacy

Club Adrian is what you might call the underdog of the Tacoma underage music scene — not quite as hip as Viaduct nor as publicized as Club Impact, but none the less frequented in droves by scenesters of the local all-ages music scene. I’ve often heard rumors of its existence,

Honor Flights to resume

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Honor Flights to resume

WASHINGTON - The Honor Flight Network, which sends veterans to tour war memorials in Washington, D.C., will restart flights in August after a 16-month suspension during the coronavirus pandemic.   Flights will resume Aug. 16, said Carol Harlow, communications officer for the Honor Flight Network.   "We have been monitoring closely the

Get the right lawyer

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Get the right lawyer

Not all law firms are equal ... especially in a military town like those in the South Sound area. Your rights as a military person, family member or retiree are more complicated, and therefore, your legal representation should understand that. Wallis Law Firm, PLLC in Tacoma "gets it," according to Cambria Queen,

3M found partly liable

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3M found partly liable

A federal jury on June 18 concluded earplug manufacturer 3M has some liability for an Army veteran's hearing loss after using their product during military service. The jury determined the Minnesota-based company failed to provide warnings about their product, though the earplug was not defective, according to court documents from the

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