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H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

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H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

One of Pfc. Joseph Cifreo's two big toes stopped working. "I ruptured a tendon that controls movement in my left big toe during a Scout Spur Ride," explained the soldier assigned to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. During the challenge, troopers faced a number

The Proctor District: Take another look

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The Proctor District: Take another look

Centralized at the intersection of North 26th Street and Proctor is one of the first established neighborhood business districts in Tacoma. It is one of 15 in the city, and it is where there are a cluster of businesses in a walkable neighborhood. The Proctor Business District has been the

'Don't Worry Darling'

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'Don't Worry Darling'

What a shiny con job.  Olivia Wilde's follow-up to her dazzling directorial debut Booksmart (2019) is the retro psychological thriller Don't Worry Darling, which is one of the best-looking movies of the year and has an intriguing premise that cribs quite liberally from films ranging from Rosemary's Baby to The Stepford

VA’s Veteran Directed Care puts the veteran in charge

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VA’s Veteran Directed Care puts the veteran in charge

When it comes to their care, VA's "Veteran Directed Care" program puts veterans at the top of the chain of command. "Veterans are in control," says Lori Cox, Veteran Directed Care manager. "VA gives them a budget based on their care assessment. They can hire their own caregivers, purchase approved goods

Army takes on Navy in hockey

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Army takes on Navy in hockey

The Pacific Northwest region offers a myriad of activities for service members fortunate enough to be stationed here. But what if your passion is not offered or not readily available to you? What then? Well, for former soldier James Schuyler, you find folks with the same interest and build it

'See How They Run'

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'See How They Run'

It's funny how we often see mini-similarities in two movies that just happen to be opening at the same time, as is the case this week with Confess, Fletch and See How They Run. The former is a light and breezy murder mystery featuring a world-weary veteran detective (Roy Wood

An app for medical records

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An app for medical records

Nexudoc is an app designed to help military members receive their medical benefits upon separation from service. "This is a mobile app that was developed to help service members take control of their own military medical records," began Dan Frazee, a certified physician associate with a doctorate in medical sciences. He and

Help for military spouse employment

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Help for military spouse employment

Next year the Department of Defense will initiate a program which puts military spouses into paid fellowship positions with corporations that will keep them employed past their next PCS move. More details about the program will be forthcoming, said Eddy Mentzer, the DoD's associate director of Military Community Support Programs, during

Chief of Chaplains promotes Spiritual Readiness Initiative at JBLM

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Chief of Chaplains promotes Spiritual Readiness Initiative at JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Maj. Gen. Thomas L. Solhjem, U.S. Army chief of chaplains, and Sgt. Maj. Elian Strachan, U.S. Army Chaplain Corps regimental sergeant major, visited with America's First Corps to promote the Army's spiritual readiness initiative (SRI). The SRI consists of an assessment that helps commanders and unit ministry

Spouse employment opportunities expand

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Spouse employment opportunities expand

The Defense Department's Military Spouse Employment Partnership program expects to add more than 70 new companies to its roster during the upcoming "MSEP Engage" event next month. Currently, more than 540 government organizations, nonprofits and private sector companies have made a commitment to the Defense Department to recruit, hire, promote and

Army experts highlight findings, recommendations from 10 years of suicide studies

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Army experts highlight findings, recommendations from 10 years of suicide studies

ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND, Md. - According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suicides are a leading cause of death in the United States. Estimates indicate death by suicide occurs every 11 minutes. In addition, millions of others have either attempted suicide or had serious thoughts of suicide, known

Foofaraw returns

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Foofaraw returns

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Service members from across the Pacific Northwest participated in a military appreciation day celebration hosted by the Olympia Yacht Club and Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Sept. 9. The event called "Foofaraw" is held yearly on the first Friday after Labor Day. This year marks the 60th

'Pinocchio'

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'Pinocchio'

My nose is not growing when I tell you the year 2022 brings us not one, not two, but THREE takes on the Pinocchio fable, starting with the currently streaming but mostly forgotten, Russian-made Pinocchio: A True Story from earlier this year, which featured Pauly Shore (!) as the voice

Recruitment is an American problem

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Recruitment is an American problem

The Army's recruitment goal of 485,000 soldiers is almost 20,000 short for fiscal year 2022 according to a memo written in July by Gen. James McConville, Army Chief of Staff. In it he said that a general lack of interest and a sense of distrust in the Army contributed to the

VA will offer abortion counseling

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VA will offer abortion counseling

WASHINGTON - Sept. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs submitted to the Federal Register an interim final rule that will allow VA to provide access to abortion counseling and - in certain cases - abortions to pregnant veterans and VA beneficiaries. Specifically, VA will provide access to abortions when the

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AGR program changes on the horizon

ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga - In line with Lt. Gen. John Healy's strategic priorities of "Ready Now!" and "Transforming for the Future," Air Force Reserve Command is instituting changes to the Active Guard and Reserve program effective Oct. 1. On that day, roughly 6,000 AGR positions will complete the transition

New Strykers at JBLM

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New Strykers at JBLM

The new DVHA1 Stryker is an example of the Army's commitment to force modernization. By maintaining its superiority over any adversary by providing force with the speed, range and cutting-edge technologies, the DVHA1 is vital to the success of any near future fight while preparing for the demands of a distant

It’s Washington State Fair time

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It’s Washington State Fair time

The 2022 Washington State Fair kicked off on Sept. 2, and runs through Sept. 25. This is the first Washington State Fair without restrictions since 2019. The first fair took place in 1900 in Puyallup and is the largest in the Pacific Northwest, as well as one of the largest

LGBTQ military kids struggle more

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LGBTQ military kids struggle more

An estimated 1.76 million young people in this country have a parent in the military. It is also well known that these youth face a battery of stressors due to their parents' military service to include frequent moves, separations during deployments or training, and fear of harm to their family

Celebrating a storied career

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Celebrating a storied career

While exiting a luxurious limousine in her walker, LTC Nichols was met with a surprise color guard salute, dozens of flags flying, fife and drums playing, large signs, balloons floating in the air, and a large crowd all awaiting her. In a soft voice she asked, "Is this all for me?"

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