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One tenacious airman

Military Life

One tenacious airman

Captain Melissa Jordan currently serves as the Air Force Public Health Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the flight commander of Aerospace Medicine, and the Public Emergency Officer for the 62nd Airlift Wing. Her life started hard in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania when she was born to parents who had recently separated from the

VGLI cost break

Veterans

VGLI cost break

WASHINGTON - All veterans insured under Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI) will receive a reduction in premiums effective April 1, ensuring that VGLI remains a cost effective option for veterans and transitioning uniform service members who choose Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) insurance products. Premiums for VGLI will be reduced by

Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

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Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

The Army is changing the culture in which it recruits, retains and trains the next generation of soldiers, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is leading and meeting the challenge. The Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) system is a United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) initiative which remodels how the Army creates and

A first right here

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A first right here

Captain Daniel Mathews, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 7th Infantry Division,  became the Army's first public affairs officer to earn the Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) in October 2020. Like the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers assigned to combat tasks,

Arneson takes command

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Arneson takes command

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Lt. Col. Daniel Arneson assumed command of the 728th Airlift Squadron at McChord Field on March 6, in a ceremony presided by Lt. Col. Cynthia Welch, 446th Operations Group commander. "Lt. Col. Daniel Arneson is the perfect officer to build upon the model and legacy of the

Army employees more satisfied

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Army employees more satisfied

WASHINGTON - In a year where the Army overcame numerous challenges, it also achieved its best overall ratings ever in the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey, a top Army civilian personnel leader said March 3. The service posted an employee engagement index rate of 72.7% in fiscal year 2020, up three percentage

446th OG receives new leader

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446th OG receives new leader

U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Lankford, left, 62nd Operations Group commander, presents the 4th Airlift Squadron guidon to U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Ellen Canup, incoming 4th AS commander, during a change of command ceremony at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, March 4, 2021. Canup is the 56th commander to lead the

Troubling divide in military

Military Life

Troubling divide in military

The military needs to act to stop a divide from growing in the officer ranks, where white conservative men are more likely than others to feel pride in service and that the military culture is superior to civil society, a study has found. "Military elites' feelings of superiority over the rest

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Ask Amy Alkon

A man on the meek I'm a guy and need directions! For a month, I've been flirting with this woman at work, and I think she's flirting back. I now have a week's vacation, but I'm not leaving town. Before I left, she said, "You know, if you're bored, you can

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Voxxy Vallejo, Gail Pettis and others

Friday, Feb. 1 VARIETY benefit for lewis county flood victims Holy schnieckies! Nine bands, one night, great cause and all for a five buck donation as the 4th Ave Tavern will play host to a benefit for Centralia and Chehalis flood victims. Looks like a doosey, too — with a diverse lineup.

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Bring back the watch

At the airport on a recent trip, I saw a gal dig for her cell phone after asking, “What time is it?” Everyone around her began to grope their pockets for their own phones, but no one could tell her right away. In a couple of minutes she found it,

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Sunday! Sunday! Sunday!

Bigger than Christmas, New Years, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Thanksgiving, Groundhog’s Day, Halloween and your grandma’s birthday all rolled into one, Super Bowl XLII will go down this Sunday, Feb. 3. The game between the unbeaten New England Patriots and underdog New York Giants will be played live in Glendale,

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Bumpy's

It was only a matter of time before I graced the tiny tavern named Bumpy’s in Puyallup. My gal-pal JustJen had been telling me to visit this joint since the first day we did the Bar Exam at Wayne’s Inn. I very rarely listen to her or heed her advice,

Dr. Biden visits JBLM

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Dr. Biden visits JBLM

First Lady Dr Jill Biden visited Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tuesday to talk and get feedback from military families about how she can help improve employment, education and wellness for our military families under the Joining Forces Initiative.  Dr. Biden was joined by the Washington State leadership to talk and gain insights

ACFT designed for combat

Military Policy

ACFT designed for combat

FORT EUSTIS, Va. - The Army's new physical fitness test, known as the Army Combat Fitness Test, or ACFT, is here to stay. Or at least some form of it, says Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston. What some may overlook when making an opinion on the program

Madigan now vaccinating 55 & older

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Madigan now vaccinating 55 & older

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - At this time, Madigan now has vaccine on-hand and is currently vaccinating all patients 55 years of age and older. Patients 16 years of age or older with underlying medical conditions considered high-risk based on CDC guidance are also now eligible to

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In the Bag

Divine Davines Davines’ Extra Virgin Skin Care line offers an Anti Aging Hand Cream. I’m a devoted fan of the nongreasy, soothing cream made from tomato, olive, walnut, and almond extracts. The scent is one of delicate earth, slightly sweet; yet, it doesn’t smell like food or cloying fake dessert. The

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This thriller is worth the ride

“Untraceable” is a horrifying thriller, smart and tightly told, and merciless. It begins with this premise: A psychopath devises ways to slowly kill people online, in live streaming video. The more hits he gets, the further the process continues, until finally his captive is dead. “You’re setting a new record!”

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New Rambo

Rambo Sylvester Stallone last year breathed new life into the “Rocky” series. Now, he turns to resurrecting his Rambo character. It would excite me if the film revisits the ideas of the original “First Blood” rather than the rescue, shoot-up nonsense the series evolved into. In the new film, John Rambo is

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

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