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Taking the fight to depression

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Taking the fight to depression

Dr. Kalyan Dandala believes that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is the future of psychiatry. "It is the next generation of treatment," he said. "There is not a shortage of people suffering from depression anxiety; there is, however, a lack of awareness about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation." Dandala is working to change this. While working

Army to briefly promote senior NCOs without schooling

Military Policy

Army to briefly promote senior NCOs without schooling

WASHINGTON - Senior noncommissioned officers who have not yet graduated from the Master Leaders Course may still be promoted in the coming weeks, said the Army's top enlisted soldier. The new policy starts Nov. 1 and will briefly promote qualified soldiers to E-8 for up to a year to provide them

‘We understood we were doing something important’

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‘We understood we were doing something important’

That is a line from the Airman's Creed that all U.S. airmen have memorized, repeated countless times and been dedicated to honoring. When the orders came down to evacuate thousands of military personnel, civilians and millions of pounds of cargo from Afghanistan in August 2021, a call was made. Air Force

Concussion linked to depression, anxiety and PTSD

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Concussion linked to depression, anxiety and PTSD

Recent research shows mounting evidence of a link between mild traumatic brain injury and mental health conditions like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder. For the first time, a study of post-mortem brains of service members who were diagnosed with blast-related concussions found visible evidence of damage to the brain. Researchers believe

Helicopters. Respect … or racism

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Helicopters. Respect … or racism

The Defense Department is moving quickly to re-name military bases named after Confederate leaders, at the same time major league sports teams and high schools have removed images and names related to Native Americans. Which, begs the question, are helicopters next? How one person perceives another person is a natural occurrence.

Back to Antartica

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Back to Antartica

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The U.S. military kicked off the 2021-2022 season of Operation Deep Freeze (ODF), when a team of airmen from the 446th and 62nd Airlift Wings departed for Christchurch, New Zealand, this September. "This upcoming season is getting back more like ‘normal' in that we have an increased

Fall fun is waiting in Thurston County

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Fall fun is waiting in Thurston County

Fall is in full swing and so is the fun in Thurston County. Farms all over the county are welcoming visitors to pick pumpkins, explore corn mazes and enjoy an abundance of other fall activities - and the small town of Bucoda, Washington has already transformed into the ultimate destination

AUSA serves you

Military Life

AUSA serves you

At the end of World War II, the United State Army was quickly reduced in size.  Congressional support for funding and maintaining even an adequate land power force was not politically popular. Recognizing this challenge, a number of Army leaders knew that the Army could survive as a viable force if

UFOs vs. your unit

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UFOs vs. your unit

The science fiction television series, Invasion premieres on Apple TV Oct. 22, which begs the question, could your military unit defeat an alien insurrection? Experts will tell you that an opponent cannot be defeated if the defender does not know or understand the opponent. Situational awareness on the battlefield is everything.

Hearing loss due to military service?

Veterans

Hearing loss due to military service?

Listen closely. In July of 2018 the Department of Justice announced that the 3M Company, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold for over a decade the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military without disclosing

ROCKS, Inc. establishes chapter at JBLM

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ROCKS, Inc. establishes chapter at JBLM

Executive board members were sworn in to JBLM Rainier ROCKS, a newly-established chapter of ROCKS, Inc., during a ceremony at the Lewis Army Museum on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. ROCKS, Inc., is a nonprofit organization providing officers and cadets mentorship, scholarship and fellowship in their military careers, while also offering volunteer opportunities,

SMA to soldiers: ‘We’re more ready than we’ve ever been’

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SMA to soldiers: ‘We’re more ready than we’ve ever been’

WASHINGTON - Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the Army successfully met all its mission requirements in fiscal year 2021 including a no-notice deployment of the 82nd Airborne Division to Afghanistan in August, the service's top enlisted leader said Sept. 30. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston considers that no

Veterans Day parade set to move forward

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Veterans Day parade set to move forward

Since 1965, the City of Auburn has honored our veterans.  Once again, Auburn's Veterans Parade & Observance has been recognized by the National Veterans Day Committee and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as one of the few regional sites for the celebration of Veterans Day in the United States.  The

CFC: Meet the face of change

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CFC: Meet the face of change

Retired Army Colonel Julie Martin perfectly summed up the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign when she wrote, "It represents the annual opportunity for military and federal employees and retirees to ‘give where they live' to their favorite charity." Well aware of the hardships the current pandemic has had on many

CFC: Helping to find hope

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CFC: Helping to find hope

From a borrowed soup kettle, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission began in 1932 to feed and care for those suffering during the Great Depression. "Now we love and care for thousands of our homeless neighbors every day throughout the greater Seattle area," wrote Ashley Carver, the mission's marketing project specialist. "Our mission

CFC: The saint that keeps giving

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CFC: The saint that keeps giving

St. Vincent de Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a welcoming community of individuals committed to offering person-to-person service to those in need. "We are one of the best kept secrets in helping others," commented Tracy Peacock, executive director, as she walked through a well-organized reception yard. "We help those in need,

Former NBA All-Star visits

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Former NBA All-Star visits

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Former NBA All-Star and past honorary commander for the 62nd Airlift Wing, James Donaldson, visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord Sept. 24 as the guest speaker for the Directorate of Personnel and Family Readiness' Risk Reduction event. The event, focusing on suicide prevention and awareness, took place at Carey Theater with over

Pumpkin patches and corn mazes

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Pumpkin patches and corn mazes

When it comes to family fun, nothing says autumn like pumpkin patches and corn mazes. Fortunately, there are plenty to choose from in the South Sound. Here is a list of our recommendations. In Tumwater, the Rutledge Corn Maze with all of its attractions and events has become a family tradition

Madigan Pharmacy piloting ‘Drop-off & Return’

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Madigan Pharmacy piloting ‘Drop-off & Return’

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - Around the world, pharmacies have developed strategies to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Military Health System (MHS) is no different in that respect. MHS Pharmacies have been playing a vital role in readiness, prevention, providing access to medications and improving health outcomes

Tricare pharmacy rates to increase

Health

Tricare pharmacy rates to increase

FALLS CHURCH, Virginia - Do you get your prescription drugs through TRICARE Pharmacy Home Delivery or at a TRICARE retail network pharmacy? If so, you'll pay anywhere from $1 to $8 more in copayments starting Jan. 1. "Congress and the Department of Defense worked together on these cost changes as part of the National Defense

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