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DAF announces changes to allowances for professional training

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DAF announces changes to allowances for professional training

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - Beginning May 7, airmen and guardians with dependents executing a permanent change of station to a professional military education or training location are now authorized to collect per diem in the amount of the basic allowance for housing without-dependent rate. Airmen and guardians may collect this

Streamlining the PCS household goods moving process

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Streamlining the PCS household goods moving process

The Department of Defense has prioritized the well-being of its service members and their families by implementing significant improvements to the permanent change of station process. Recognizing the stress, challenges, and disruptions associated with frequent moves, the Army is committed to ensuring a smoother transition for its soldiers, thus enabling

From past to present: JBLM 2024 Leschi-Quiemuth Honor Walk

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From past to present: JBLM 2024 Leschi-Quiemuth Honor Walk

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Nisqually Indian Tribe and Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosted the annual Leschi-Quiemuth Honor Walk on May 5, 2024. Tribe members, along with local military members of JBLM and surrounding communities, honored the history of the land and its people by walking through the tribe's ancestral homeland, which

One million and counting

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One million and counting

WASHINGTON - This week the Department of Veterans Affairs expects to grant its 1 millionth PACT Act-related disability compensation claims to veterans and survivors since President Biden signed the bill into law on Aug. 10, 2022. The grant rate for these claims is 75% - a sharp increase from pre-PACT

Local Memorial Day weekend happenings

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Local Memorial Day weekend happenings

The VA will host public Memorial Day commemoration ceremonies at more than 130 of their national cemeteries this Memorial Day weekend. Please check out the list below to find ceremony dates and start times for a cemetery near you.  Visitors are encouraged to contact the national cemetery to confirm ceremony information

Aviators take to the skies once again

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Aviators take to the skies once again

In conjunction with May being Military Appreication Month, Comcast recently released "The Aviators" ad campaign to honor the nation's veterans, service members and their families. "For more than 60 years, Comcast had had a special relationship with the military community ... and we're proud to reaffirm that commitment again today," said

Point Defiance Flower & Garden Festival: A botanical extravaganza

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Point Defiance Flower & Garden Festival: A botanical extravaganza

The Point Defiance Flower & Garden Festival, scheduled for June 1-2, is set to transform Point Defiance Park into a vibrant haven of flora and creativity. This annual event, eagerly anticipated by gardening enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, promises a weekend brimming with botanical classes, crafts, tours and more. The

WADS air battle manager newest U.S. Navy TOPGUN graduate

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WADS air battle manager newest U.S. Navy TOPGUN graduate

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - An air battle manager from the Western Air Defense Sector graduated from the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN), held at the Naval Aviation Warfighting Development Center (NAWDC) on Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada, April 19, 2024. 1st Lt. Micah Slifer, 225th Air Defense Squadron air battle manager,

America’s First Corps launches professional writing program

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America’s First Corps launches professional writing program

Military leaders are encouraged to write professionally to share their experiences, insights and lessons learned with the broader defense community and industry leaders. Professional writing not only enables the military to capture and preserve historical lessons learned, it also helps leaders to hone strategic communication skills. Over the past year, First

The Arlington Project opening ceremony May 22

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The Arlington Project opening ceremony May 22

The front lawn of Clover Park High School (CPHS) marks Memorial Day each year with an unforgettable sea of remembrance that illustrates the sacrifice the men and women of our armed forces make to keep our country safe. Clover Park High School's Arlington Project will be constructed on the school's front

19.5% raise for junior enlisted?

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19.5% raise for junior enlisted?

A pivotal House panel has given its seal of approval to a proposed 4.5% universal pay raise for service members, alongside a significant 15% increase specifically aimed at junior enlisted personnel. This proposal, outlined in the draft version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) released on Monday, could potentially

VA announces new grant program to help service members and their spouses transition from the military to civilian life

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VA announces new grant program to help service members and their spouses transition from the military to civilian life

WASHINGTON - May 10, on Military Spouse Appreciation Day, VA announced the creation of a new grant program to help service members and their spouses transition from the military to civilian life. These grants will be awarded to eligible organizations that provide employment-based resources and tools for transitioning service members

Army to suspend temporary promotions in June

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Army to suspend temporary promotions in June

WASHINGTON - Beginning in June, the Army is suspending a requirement for soldiers to complete a previously required level of professional military education, or PME, to qualify for promotion to noncommissioned officer, or NCO, ranks up through master sergeant. With this announcement, the Army will no longer use temporary promotions for

Veterans: New website for ordering contact lenses

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Veterans: New website for ordering contact lenses

Veterans Canteen Service (VCS) is introducing an online service for ordering contact lenses, giving veterans and their VA caregivers a quick and convenient way to get prescription contacts.  The new VCS PatriotVision website allows veterans, their families, their caregivers and VA employees the opportunity to order prescription contacts with free standard

Don’t miss Lacey’s Spring Fun Fair

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Don’t miss Lacey’s Spring Fun Fair

For 36 years, the Lacey Spring Fun Fair has stood as a beacon of community connection and joy in the heart of Lacey. With its blend of free rides, live entertainment, engaging kids' activities, diverse vendor offerings, and delectable fair food, the fair has become a beloved tradition for families

Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

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Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) is the branch of the Army that shapes and makes the service what it is. "Our first charge by the Department of Defense is in its enduring mission ‘to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation," explained  Virgil

Air Force updates mental healthcare policies, lowers barriers

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Air Force updates mental healthcare policies, lowers barriers

SCOTT AIR FORCE BASE, Ill. (AFNS) - On Jan. 28, 2022, Gen. Mike Minihan, commander of Air Mobility Command, tweeted, "Warrior Heart. No Stigma." with a screen shot of his calendar revealing an upcoming mental health appointment, thus beginning a movement within AMC to eliminate stigma, lower barriers and increase access

JBLM soldier shot on range

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JBLM soldier shot on range

In response to an incident at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where a soldier from the 7th Infantry Division was accidentally shot during a training exercise on April 25, the U.S. Army's Special Forces units are initiating a comprehensive safety stand-down this week. The soldier, who was struck by fire from an

I Corps and JBLM units honor Denim Day to raise sexual assault awareness

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I Corps and JBLM units honor Denim Day to raise sexual assault awareness

Joint Base Lewis-McChord - In a unified show of support for Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month (SAAPM), I Corps and various units within Joint Base Lewis-McChord participated in Denim Day, an annual event aimed at combating sexual violence through public awareness. At the heart of the observance, soldiers from

Military OneSource provides options to military spouses, family entrepreneurs

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Military OneSource provides options to military spouses, family entrepreneurs

The Department of Defense, in partnership with other federal agencies, has options available to help budding entrepreneurs within the military community start and maintain their businesses. Most families in the U.S. - military families included - want two breadwinners in the family to make ends meet. But given the unpredictable nature

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