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FreedomFest

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FreedomFest

After a few years hiatus, festival goers are revved up and ready to celebrate. Freedom Fest is returning to JBLM! On Saturday, June 29, revel in a full day of pre-Fourth of July festivities at Memorial Stadium and surrounding areas. Freedom Wheels Car Show First up, the Freedom Wheels Car Show, will

Where to celebrate the Fourth of July

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July

In order to help keep you focused on celebrating in red, white and blue fashion, we've gone ahead and compiled all the Fourth of July celebrations happening in the area throughout the entire independence weekend. Saturday, June 29 After a hiatus the last few years, Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Freedom Fest will be

The critical mission of Team McChord’s aerospace physiologist

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The critical mission of Team McChord’s aerospace physiologist

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - In the world of Air Force aviation, aerospace physiologists play a crucial role in ensuring the health and safety of aircrew and passengers. With their expertise, these specialists train aircrews to handle everything from extreme gravitational forces to exposure to high altitudes. Along with preparing airmen

Lighter, quicker, more expeditious

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Lighter, quicker, more expeditious

The U.S. Army's 'Rapid Removal of Excess' (R2E) program, spearheaded by Gen. Randy George, is underway on Joint Base Lewis-McChord and aims to free up units from obsolete materiel by removing excess equipment from property books so soldiers can refocus their time and energy on training instead of burdensome inventories

Child Development Center tuition-fee waiver not taxable

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Child Development Center tuition-fee waiver not taxable

Child Development Center employees have just had a tax benefit confirmed. The Armed Forces Tax Council has determined that the Child Development Center tuition-fee waiver for CDC employees is not taxable. Section 117(d) of the Internal Revenue Code provides that any qualified tuition reduction is excluded from gross income. The term "qualified tuition

Summertime entertainment in the park

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Summertime entertainment in the park

Few things beats 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

JBLM hosts 2024 America's First Corps Best Squad Competition

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JBLM hosts 2024 America's First Corps Best Squad Competition

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - Ten teams of U.S. Army soldiers from units across JBLM competed in America's First Corps Best Squad Competition at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 10-14, 2024. "This event and how the winning team performed epitomizes why our Army continues to be the most dominant land force

Army renames air defense system after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient

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Army renames air defense system after Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient

WASHINGTON - The Army renamed the Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense system for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Mitchell W. Stout during an Army birthday festival June 15 at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Stout, an artilleryman with the 1st Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, was killed during the Vietnam War protecting fellow

Safe and secure checking

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Safe and secure checking

America's Credit Union is proud of its military heritage, and it remains consistent in its commitment to its active-duty service members, veterans and civilian clients. "We have 70 years of experience at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and we consistently work to grow our products, services and support for our members, and we

VA extends presumptions of service connection for three new cancer types

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VA extends presumptions of service connection for three new cancer types

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is including three new cancer types in the list of presumed service-connected disabilities due to military environmental exposure under the PACT Act. This announcement marks the continued commitment under the Biden-Harris administration's Unity Agenda and the Biden Cancer Moonshot to support the

New patient resources section on TRICARE website

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New patient resources section on TRICARE website

FALLS CHURCH, Va. - Are you looking for information and tools to help manage your health care and TRICARE benefit? Check out the new Patient Resources section on tricare.mil. This section makes it easy to find forms, track your health records, learn about disaster alerts, and more. "We understand that you need

Make plans for the Brew Five Three Beer & Music Festival in August

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Make plans for the Brew Five Three Beer & Music Festival in August

Tacoma's beloved outdoor summer beer and music festival, Brew Five Three, returns for its 11th year at the picturesque Chambers Creek Regional Park. This one-day festival, open to attendees aged 21 and older, will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10, from noon to 5 p.m. The event will showcase over

DOD will offer reimbursements for breast milk shipping expenses under new policy

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DOD will offer reimbursements for breast milk shipping expenses under new policy

The Defense Department issued a new policy this month to cover costs associated with the shipment of breast milk during permanent change of station moves. Under the new policy, which was published in the Joint Travel Regulations, the department will reimburse up to $1,000 of expenses for service members who are

Study: Service dogs lower severity of PTSD symptoms

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Study: Service dogs lower severity of PTSD symptoms

The first National Institutes of Health-funded clinical trial of its kind, published in JAMA Network, links the pairing of service dogs with military veterans to lowered PTSD severity, diagnosis odds, and other negative mental health symptoms. The study, released in time for National PTSD Awareness Month in June, is also the

New mental health copayment exemptions

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New mental health copayment exemptions

Your mental health is important to you and a priority for us. Section 193A of the Cleland-Dole Act enhances access to care and lowers out-of-pocket costs for outpatient mental health and substance use disorder (SUD) care. If you owe copays for your VA outpatient mental health and SUD visits, this benefit

Raising AER awareness

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Raising AER awareness

JOINT BASE LEWIS McCHORD - Michael Grinston, CEO of Army Emergency Relief and former Sgt. Maj. of the Army, paid a visit with senior leaders of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) on June 5-6, 2024. The purpose of Grinston's visit was to solicit feedback on Army Emergency Relief (AER) programs, as well

Metallica encourages veterans to reach out for support

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Metallica encourages veterans to reach out for support

Whether you're a fan of their music or not, you've likely heard of the band Metallica. They pushed their way into the public consciousness in 1981 and gradually broadened globally with their characteristically fast tempo and thought-provoking lyrics. Forty-two years on, they continue to regularly sell out major amphitheater and

JBLM recognizes volunteers of the year

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JBLM recognizes volunteers of the year

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD - The year's most outstanding volunteers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord were recognized by the installation's senior leaders May 29 with a banquet in their honor at the McChord Field Club. The JBLM Volunteer Recognition Ceremony paid tribute to volunteers from various communities across the base including active-duty, civilian

New Army policy expands reimbursement for spouse business costs

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New Army policy expands reimbursement for spouse business costs

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Army is expanding its financial support for military spouses by enhancing the reimbursement program for business costs and relicensing fees. The new directive permits reimbursement of up to $1,000 for business-related expenses, in addition to the already authorized $1,000 for relicensing fees resulting from a relocation. "Army

Fairy Fest at Lakewold Gardens

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Fairy Fest at Lakewold Gardens

Lakewold Gardens will be hosting their annual Fairy Fest event Saturday and Sunday, June 22-23 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days.  Fairy Fest is an enchanting weekend event filled with fairy-themed activities that the whole family can enjoy. Immerse yourself in the magic of our natural world as you

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