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Airman “lead” in disasters

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Airman “lead” in disasters

Lt. Col. Bruce Simpson takes a holistic approach to his service in the Washington Air National Guard (WANG). "The military has a diversity of people and missions," he wrote in an email, "but the sum of all the parts is truly amazing." Simpson (no relation) joined the Guard in 2008 in response

Army Mom Life Facebook group empowers

Military Life

Army Mom Life Facebook group empowers

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Army Mom Life Facebook group is a place where 3,600 active-duty Army moms come together as a community, to connect and seek guidance from other Army mothers in uniform. The topics range from pregnancy, parenting, promotions and uniform policy to mentorship in their work environments. Since

Blasts cause Alzheimer’s?

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Blasts cause Alzheimer’s?

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. - Research shows that soldiers exposed to shockwaves from military explosives are at a higher risk for developing Alzheimer's disease - even those that don't have traumatic brain injuries from those blasts. A new Army-funded study identifies how those blasts affect the brain. Researchers at the University

Fully operational at JBLM

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Fully operational at JBLM

WASHINGTON - Since activating last year, the 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) has already employed teams three times to the Indo-Pacific region, and according to its commander, the brigade's schedule will only get busier, with a third of the unit overseas at all times. Now fully operational, not only is

Harborstone continues to support military

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Harborstone continues to support military

It's nice to have someone on your side, especially during these uncertain times when your household income may have dropped and the future isn't clear. Harborstone Credit Union has been doing just that through its Financial Navigator program. Think of it like having a trusted friend, there to be a listening

All-black crew flies

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All-black crew flies

An all-black 62nd Airlift Wing aircrew from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, took the opportunity to conduct training across different components of aircrew and airdrop aviation Feb. 18-21. The C-17 Globemaster III aircrew of four pilots, four loadmasters and three maintainers conducted the training on their way to and from a Black History

Stretch your legs and get out of the house

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Stretch your legs and get out of the house

The South Sound is in-between where you can almost taste warmer days ahead, but yet you still find yourself grabbing the raincoat most days, or not venturing out of the house at all. With COVID-19 restrictions still in place it can make it even more challenging to find something to

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Out for a test drive

YUMA, Ariz. - A new vehicle that the U.S. Army is acquiring to provide infantry soldiers with battlefield mobility is being tested in the Yuma Proving Ground's harsh desert terrain in southwestern Arizona. Largely based on a midsize Chevrolet pickup, the Infantry Squad Vehicle is intended to carry an infantry squad's

Annual award winners

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Annual award winners

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The top airmen and civilian employees serving the 62nd Airlift Wing at McChord Field were recognized for their excellence during a recent ceremony. The following are those that stood out as "the best of the best" throughout the year 2020. Team McChord Annual Award Winners: Airman of the

Field talk

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Field talk

FORT BRAGG, North Carolina - Airborne soldiers with 1st Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment (PIR), 82nd Airborne Division, completed almost two weeks testing the Army's newest small leader radio (LR) packages. "Soldiers of the 82nd Airborne Division demonstrated tactical communications at its finest during the initial operational test," said Maj. Brian Ramirez, Leader Radio (LR)

No fees for vaccine

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No fees for vaccine

WASHINGTON - Millions of people enrolled in Tricare Prime can now receive the coronavirus vaccine from an outside provider without incurring fees, according to the Defense Health Agency. The waiver allows enrollees - excluding active-duty service members - to receive the vaccine at a non-network Tricare provider without incurring additional service

Influence of Desert Storm

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Influence of Desert Storm

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) - Even before it began, before the first tactical decision and the first sortie flown, the 1991 conflict that would become known as Desert Storm acquired a notable profile. Today, 30 years after combat ended on Feb. 28, 1991, Desert Storm's influence on the United States military, and

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Thurs 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Fri-Thurs, Jan. 31 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50,

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Odd shows

“odd couple” Neil Simon’s recipe for onstage success: Take two people with conflicting personalities. Put them in confined living quarters. Add a sprinkle of personal hygiene jokes. Allow the tension to rise for about an hour. Cool. Serve. Enjoy! Paradise Theatre is staging this classic buddy comedy about roommates from different

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Chris Rock and more

SECRET TICKET CODE TM = Ticketmaster, (253) 627-TIXS, www.ticketmaster.com TW = TicketsWest, (800) 325-SEAT, www.ticketswest.com TWEB = Ticketweb, (866) 468-7623, www.ticketweb.com on sale now Kenny Rankin Seattle. Feb. 1-2 7:30 and 9:30 pm, Feb. 3 7:30 pm. $24.50 (Jazz Alley, TM). Josh Blue, Bryan Kellen, Keret Apio Olympia. Feb. 4 7:30 pm. $10-$15 (Evergreen State College

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wRight Brothers

Whether you like it or not, more than sound goes into making a successful rock band. It starts with the riffs, typically, but there’s a lot more to it. Image. Dreamy eyes. Politics. All of these can play a part in a band’s popularity or lack thereof. Plenty of rock bands

How can TBIs permanently affect memory?

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How can TBIs permanently affect memory?

Washington residents like you may suffer from extended effects after getting into a serious crash. Head injuries in particular have a long recovery period. Many victims in your situation suffer from extended impacts of traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) for months or years after a crash.  For some, the effects might even

The one and only

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The one and only

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - A stone's throw from Interstate 5's mile marker 119 stands the historic Red Shield Inn, a white and black Swiss chalet-style structure flanked by gleaming brass cannons. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and surrounded by an acre of outdoor exhibits, which include armored military vehicles, various experimental vehicle prototypes and a UH-1 Huey Helicopter, the inn is

Small communities, packed with exploration!

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Small communities, packed with exploration!

If you're in search of exploring outside the hub of Downtown Olympia, we recommend soaking in the charm that can be found in the surrounding smaller communities. Lacey, Yelm and Tumwater are musts visits while stationed at Joint Base Lewis McChord. Lacey is an outdoor recreational playground that will welcome you

Off to Middle East

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Off to Middle East

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Along with supporting the state's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, assisting law enforcement during civil unrest and dropping nearly half a million gallons of water on multiple wildfires across the state, the crews from 1st Battalion, 168th General Support Aviation also ramped up for an overseas

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