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Theater comes alive again

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Theater comes alive again

After a year and a half of no live theater on stage, Tacoma Musical Playhouse, Tacoma Little Theatre, Lakewood Playhouse, Olympia Little Theatre, Harlequin and all theaters in Tacoma and Olympia are once again able to welcome people into their auditoriums, and actors, singers and dancers onto their stages. In

Vaccines mandatory by Dec. 15

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Vaccines mandatory by Dec. 15

WASHINGTON - The Army outlined its plan today to fully comply with the Secretary of Defense's order requiring all service members to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The Army began implementing the Secretary of Defense's order on Aug. 24, following DoD and White House guidance. Before then, vaccines had been optional. "This

Do civilians get you?

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Do civilians get you?

The growing division between civilians and the military is akin to a long-term marriage that is headed for divorce court. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the perfect marriage - the nice house, the right friends, and a comfortable income. But behind the scenes of this upper middle-class union,

Pentagon remembers 20th anniversary of 9/11

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Pentagon remembers 20th anniversary of 9/11

WASHINGTON - Twenty years ago, terrorists hijacked four flights and launched a series of attacks that changed all of America. At 8:46 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center's north tower in New York, followed by a second attack on the south

A look back on 9/11

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A look back on 9/11

As Robert Ezelle prepared to go home after the horrendous events of 9/11, he took a last look out over the operations floor in the Western Air Defense Sector (WADS) building at McChord Field. "We had those old green radar screens, and those scopes were never blank," he recalled. "But on that

Always serving others

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Always serving others

Amy Shick is involved with Army life. As a youngster she was small, loud and hyperactive. Growing up in Redding, CA, her family always had hamsters, bunnies, guinea pigs, cats, dogs, birds, pigs, donkeys, cows, ponies and horses for her to be with. "Not all at the same time!" she exclaimed. Moving to

Top fire guy from JBLM

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Top fire guy from JBLM

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Robby Rothwell, a fire inspector for Joint Base Lewis-McChord Fire and Emergency Services, recently won the Department of the Army's Fire Inspector of the Year award. Based on factors such as customer service, certifications, innovation, firefighter health and safety and other initiatives, the award recognizes the individual and cumulative

Ratings mixed at JBLM

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Ratings mixed at JBLM

WASHINGTON - The Department of the Air Force released its 2021 assessment that details  states' provided support for military families.  At Joint Base Lewis-McChord ratings in 2021 compared to 2019 were mostly down or unchanged when compared to 157 Air Force and joint base installations across the United States. The annual

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Military kids' schools, spouse ratings, lower or flat at JBLM

    WASHINGTON (AFNS & Ranger Staff) -- The Department of the Air Force released its 2021 assessment that details how states provide support military families.  At Joint Base Lewis-McChord ratings in 2021 compared to 2019 were mostly down or unchanged when compared to 157 Air Force and joint base installations across the

Labor Day grilling

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Labor Day grilling

The final weekend of summer is upon us. It's the big finale, everyone gassing up their grills, putting the slip and slide out one last time and planning to throw a final gathering before you pack it all in until next year.  If you're among those hungry for one last weekend

A different kind of firefight

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A different kind of firefight

Approximately 200 Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment and 23rd Engineer Battalion deployed to northern California Aug. 31 to help in the fight against the Dixie Fire in the Lassen National Forest, Lassen Volcanic National Park and the Plumas National Forest. Both units are part of the

Free law school

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Free law school

The Office of The Judge Advocate General is now accepting applications for the Army's Funded Legal Education Program. Under this program, up to 25 active duty commissioned officers and NCOs attend civilian law school at government expense and subsequently serve as Army Judge Advocates. Selected officers and NCOs will attend law

Prescription for long lines

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Prescription for long lines

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER - Do you have refills to pick up from Madigan? Do you dread waiting in line? Now you don't have to. Madigan Army Medical Center patients can use the new, automated ScriptCenter medication dispensary to get their refills. "It provides quick and convenient access to refilled medications," said

Fee policy changing

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Fee policy changing

WIESBADEN, Germany - A new fee policy for child and youth services goes into effect Sept. 2, 2021, and impacts community members who use child care facilities, school age care, family child care, middle school and teen programs, youth sports and fitness programs. Child Development Programs, Department of Defense Instruction 6060.02,

Explore Edmonds

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Explore Edmonds

Located about an hour and 15 minutes from Joint Base Lewis-McChord is the quaint little town of Edmonds, WA. Here visitors can explore local art galleries and boutiques, dine in local restaurants and sit on the rocky shores watching ferries cross the Puget Sound from the Edmonds landing to Kingston. Edmonds

JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

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JBLM fights back on abandoned vehicles

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - So far this year, more than 500 vehicles have been abandoned across Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). Not only cars, but trucks, boats, bicycles and RVs have all been ditched forcing JBLM to pay thousands of dollars to deal with those junked vehicles. To help combat this issue,

Former soldier concerned about VA letter

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Former soldier concerned about VA letter

The Department of Veterans Administration recently mailed a letter to some veterans that begins by informing them that they may qualify for disability benefits but one local attorney who is also impacted as a former soldier expressed concerns. The letter from the VA states the following: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

Excellence at work

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Excellence at work

A page in the history of the Washington National Guard was turned a week ago on the parade grounds of Camp Murray during an End of Mission Ceremony for Joint Task Force (JTF) Steelhead. Steelhead was the name of the Guard's response to the COVID-19 pandemic from March 15, 2020 to

JBLM soldiers join Fort McCoy task force supporting Afghans

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JBLM soldiers join Fort McCoy task force supporting Afghans

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Department of Defense recently approved a request for assistance from the State Department to provide temporary housing, sustainment, and support inside the United States for Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) principal applicants, their families, and other individuals at risk, at Fort McCoy, Wisconsin, and Fort Bliss, Texas,

DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

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DOD intends to mandate Pfizer vaccine, Pentagon official says

Since the Food and Drug Administration has granted full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, it's very likely the vaccine will soon become mandatory for Defense Department personnel, the Pentagon press secretary said. "Now that the Pfizer vaccine has been approved, the department is prepared to issue updated guidance, requiring all

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