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Explore Edmonds

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Explore Edmonds

Located about an hour and 15 minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the quaint little town of Edmonds, WA. Here visitors can explore local art galleries and boutiques, dine in local restaurants and sit on the rocky shores watching ferries cross the Puget Sound from the Edmonds landing to Kingston. Edmonds

JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

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JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - So far this year, more than 500 vehicles have been abandoned across Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Not only cars, but trucks, boats, bicycles and RVs have all been ditched forcing JBLM to pay thousands of dollars to deal with those junked vehicles. To help combat this issue,

Former soldier concerned about VA letter

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Former soldier concerned about VA letter

The Department of Veterans Administration recently mailed a letter to some veterans that begins by informing them that they may qualify for disability benefits but one local attorney who is also impacted as a former soldier expressed concerns. The letter from the VA states the following: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Excellence at work

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Excellence at work

A page in the history of the Washington National Guard was turned a week ago on the parade grounds of Camp Murray during an End of Mission Ceremony for Joint Task Force (JTF) Steelhead. Steelhead was the name of the Guard's response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 15, 2020 to

JBLM soldiers join Fort McCoy task force supporting Afghans

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JBLM soldiers join Fort McCoy task force supporting Afghans

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) principal applicants, their families, and other individuals at risk, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Fort Bliss, Texas,

DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

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DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

Since the Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, it's very likely the vaccine will soon become mandatory for Defense Department personnel, the Pentagon press secretary said. "Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved, the department is prepared to issue updated guidance, requiring all

New community close to JBLM

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New community close to JBLM

KB Home's new Stewart Crossing community features affordably priced, single-family homes in a desirable Pierce County, Washington location. The new community offers easy commutes as it is situated just 15 miles from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in the historic city of Puyallup. Stewart Crossing is close to shopping, dining and entertainment

62nd AW supports Garuda Shield 21

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62nd AW supports Garuda Shield 21

The roaring of a C-17 Globemaster III engine fills the cargo aircraft as the troop doors are lifted open. The wind rips across the faces of the jumpmasters checking the perimeter of the doors, while the clicks of static lines being hooked to the anchor cables ricochets throughout the cabin. The drop

Free school for spouses

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Free school for spouses

Keeping skills fresh and learning new ones is a competitive advantage in today's job market. But the cost of professional development can be a barrier for military spouses. The Department of Defense's Spouse Education and Career Opportunities (SECO) program has made it easier for spouses to reach their career goals

Coordinated care for veterans

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Coordinated care for veterans

Navigating a healthcare system can be challenging. While clinics and hospitals strive to ensure timely access and relevant care, it's also important that patients feel confident advocating for their needs. To build better understanding of both short- and long-term care, Dr. Miriam Kennelly with Pacific Medical Centers (PacMed) addresses common

The Washington State Fair returns

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The Washington State Fair returns

The Washington State Fair is right around the corner and the smell of hot fresh scones and Krusty Pups is in the air. And after a year of no fair, boy are we ready.  Located about a 25-minute drive from Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Puyallup, this is a yearly tradition that

Gandalf and artillery

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Gandalf and artillery

In 1976 a bored Gordon Jay wandered into a recruiter's office. "I was attending college at Centralia Community College, but I had to wait for the guy who carpooled with me from Elma to finish his classes," began the retired warrant officer. "I started talking to the guy, and the rest

Religious exemptions likely for vaccine

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Religious exemptions likely for vaccine

In a memorandum released Aug. 9, 2021, the secretary of defense explained how he will ensure the continued health and safety of the U.S. military through the use of the available COVID-19 vaccines. "I will seek the President's approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon

Cobra blood off the menu

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Cobra blood off the menu

The animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals declared victory this week after the practice of drinking the blood of cobras was axed from the multinational Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand. Killing the snakes to demonstrate a jungle survival technique was scuttled at the exercise earlier this

Two local trails to explore

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Two local trails to explore

As the dog days of summer linger on, there is no better time to get out and explore two local trails. And yes Fido can join the family on your adventures as well.  Some people might not know that behind Dupont City Hall is the entrance to Sequalitchew Creek Trail. Visitors

Salute for military kids

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Salute for military kids

While military members and their spouses choose a military career, their children do not. But, those same kids have to make sacrifices for their country just like mom and dad. They leave friends, change schools, go through life with a parent deployed ... sometimes in scary places. Military children know all too well

A citizen-soldier and history

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A citizen-soldier and history

Rick Patterson has been involved with the Washington National Guard since he was a youngster. "My family spent many summers on American Lake, and we stayed in National Guard-owned camping trailers parked at the Guard's beach there," he began. "Later, when both my brother and I were ready to enlist for service,

Moving? Child and Youth Services can help smooth the way

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Moving? Child and Youth Services can help smooth the way

As summer winds down and the upcoming school year approaches, military families are still on the move, Permanent Change of Station move that is. According to Jacqueline Flowers, traffic manager for the Fort Jackson transportation office, primary and peak PCS season runs from May 15 until Labor Day where thousands of

Longer hair, some scalp tattoos OK

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Longer hair, some scalp tattoos OK

Male airmen will be allowed to tattoo their scalps and grow their hair half an inch longer under an update to Air Force dress-and-appearance standards taking effect in October. The service is also doing away with some restrictions that micromanage specific behavior while in uniform - such as putting hands in

Madigan’s new commander assumes the colors

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Madigan’s new commander assumes the colors

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - From their earliest days of troops drilling on horseback to prepare to join World War I to today, the parade grounds of Joint Base Lewis-McChord, known as Watkins Field since the Korean War era, have provided soldiers the space to perform. Madigan

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