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JBLM soldier elite video game competitor

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JBLM soldier elite video game competitor

Army Spc. Cole Montgomery, a U.S. Army Infantryman serving with 4th Battalion, 23rd Infantry, 7th Infantry Division, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord works hard to maintain readiness for future deployments. However, he also trains to compete on a different battlefield, the virtual one. When Montgomery isn't in the field, executing battle

Costs nothing to be kind

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Costs nothing to be kind

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - For many, living life based on the Air Force's core values of integrity first, excellence in all we do and service before self, comes as second nature once transitioning from the civilian world to the military. But for some, extending a helping hand and saying a

Money for military kids

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Money for military kids

Our Military Kids (OMK) supports military children (ages three to 18) by providing grants up to $300 to fund sports, arts and other enrichment activities when their parents are deployed overseas with the National Guard, Reserve, or when recovering from severe injuries sustained in a post-9/11 overseas mission. Participation in these activities helps

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One ringy, dingy

 I have just about had it with cell phones. Don’t get me wrong. They are very valuable for a myriad of reasons, but they are starting to really annoy me. Strike that. It is not the cell phones, it is the stupid people that let them rule their lives. Recently,

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The Magnetic Fields

Stephin Merritt records under many monikers, but The Magnetic Fields are arguably his most popular project. Merritt tends to create unique themes that run along perfectly with an album’s title. The 1999 box set 69 had 69 love songs, and the 2004 release I contained all tracks that began with

All to be corporals

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All to be corporals

The Army wants every junior enlisted soldier to serve time as a corporal before moving up to sergeant, the service announced in a news release. Starting July 1, all soldiers with the rank of specialist who complete the Basic Leader Course, or BLC, and are recommended for advancement by a promotion

Young heroes shine at Madigan

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Young heroes shine at Madigan

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER, Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The Madigan Army Medical Center's Medical Mall was filled with ardent supporters of some of the strongest fighters Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has seen as the 21st annual Young Heroes Award Ceremony took place Saturday, June 5. "This is arguably the most heart-warming ceremony that

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Filing suit for sexual abuse

  Sexual abuse and assault impact millions of Americans across the country each year.  These acts of blatant disregard for others inflict physical trauma and emotional distress.   A civil sexual assault lawsuit can help survivors recover damages for the harm inflicted.   According to the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAIN), survivors usually

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Butler did it

As you’ve probably noticed, the Weekly Volcano is a bit different this week. The paper is bigger, sexier, and better — and this is what you can expect from here on out. In the past the Weekly Volcano has been cool. Now the Weekly Volcano is super cool. Bobble Tiki knows

Red legs, blue legs

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Red legs, blue legs

You’ve worked hard on those lean legs all year long, so why cover them up during winter? Tights and leggings are a great way to show off your stems during the frigid months, but not just any ol’ pair will do. While shamelessly Internet shopping last weekend, I came across what

Sexy dining

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Sexy dining

Valentine’s Day isn’t just a Hallmark Holiday (though the card companies do make a killing). Whether you’ve been together two months or 20 years, Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to reconnect with that special someone in your life, and what better way to celebrate the day of love than to

A bright light in the laundromat landscape

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A bright light in the laundromat landscape

For Patrick Montgomery and his wife, running a laundry business and becoming parents were always two sides of the same plan. "My wife was working as a preschool teacher and really enjoyed it. But when we made the decision to have a family, she wanted a job with flexible hours. So

USAF adopts new fitness test scoring

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USAF adopts new fitness test scoring

WASHINGTON - The Air Force will require only pushups, situps and a 1.5-mile run when physical fitness testing resumes July 1 using a new scoring breakdown, the service announced. Pushups and situps will now be worth 20 points each, up 10 points, and the 1.5-mile run will remain worth 60 points.

Keeping trust in tune

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Keeping trust in tune

Connie Byzinker's career with the Washington Army National Guard as an assistant inspector general started when she first learned to play the oboe in the fourth grade. "I continued through high school," she began, "and before graduation in 1967, my mother found an Army recruiting ad for female musicians. I answered

Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

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Washington National Guard prepares for wildfire season

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Washington National Guard soldiers and airmen are transitioning from COVID-19 response and civil disturbance missions to prepare for what could be another catastrophic wildfire season. "We have been actively responding for the past 15 months to the COVID-19 pandemic," said Maj. Gen. Bret Daugherty, the adjutant general.

Command changes at JBLM

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Command changes at JBLM

Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander I Corps and Joint Base Lewis McChord relinquished command yesterday before press time to interim commander Maj. Gen. Xavier T. Brunson. George leaves the Northwest to become the senior military assistant to the Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin. Earlier this month, Brunson turned over command of the 7th

Rebooting bases named for Confederates

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Rebooting bases named for Confederates

The Commission on the Naming of Items of the Department of Defense that Commemorate the Confederate States of America or Any Person Who Served Voluntarily with the Confederate States of America, is more often referred to as the Naming Commission. Retired Navy Adm. Michelle Howard, the chair of the Naming Commission, spoke

Earplug lawsuits hit a snag

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Earplug lawsuits hit a snag

A federal jury in Florida sided with earplug manufacturer 3M that the company's product did not cause hearing loss for a veteran who used them while serving in the military. The trial was the second of three scheduled this year that could impact the outcome of a lawsuit involving nearly 236,000

McChord airman receives AF-level award

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McChord airman receives AF-level award

Maintainers fill a critical role in keeping the Air Force's fleet in the air to project air power, dominance and rapid global mobility. These experts ensure the aircraft in their care are ready to fly at a moment's notice so pilots can safely and effectively complete their mission. Earlier this year,

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