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Free military family events return in July

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Free military family events return in July

Northwest Military - publishers of the Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers - invite you and your family to two FREE military family support events featuring Polynesian shows in July sponsored by Grand Canyon University. The first event is Saturday at the Capital Christian Center in Lacey from 11 a.m. to

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Life de-railed

UPDATE: Ken Miller awarded $500,000 in court. This month, Ken Miller will find out if his proverbial fight with city hall was worth it. For the past three years, Miller has spent the better part of his days fighting to keep property that regional transportation authority Sound Transit says it needs

Bringing music to the people

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Bringing music to the people

Chief Warrant Officer 4 Scott Pierson understands the power of music. "We have the great privilege of interacting with the citizens of Washington as citizen soldiers because we all live and work in Washington," Pierson, commander of the 133rd Army Band, Washington Army National Guard (WAARNG), wrote in an email. "In some

Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

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Bill would address issues with Veterans Crisis Line

WASHINGTON - Two lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday in response to multiple watchdog reports of deaths after calls were mishandled by the Veterans Crisis Line.  The bill, titled the Revising and Expediting Actions for the Crisis Hotline (REACH) for Veterans Act, would require an independent agency to evaluate the training for

A historic first

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A historic first

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Lt. Col. Meghann Sullivan took command of the 5th Battalion, 5th Security Force Assistance Brigade at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, June 28, marking a historic first as she becomes the first female commander of an SFAB battalion. "Lt. Col. Sullivan is a phenomenal engineer, and her selection as

FREE local Blue Star Museums to visit

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FREE local Blue Star Museums to visit

The national 2021 Blue Star Museums program  began on Armed Forces Day and will continue to honor military families through Labor Day. This program offers free admission at participating museums for active-duty military personnel, National Guard, Reserves and up to five of their family members. If you're traveling far and

New USO manager brings experience

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New USO manager brings experience

USO Northwest recently welcomed David Dutcher as the new manager of its Camp Lewis Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM). "Due to the pandemic, the center has been closed for a little over a year," said the native of Mississippi, "and I would say that my two biggest challenges are bringing

Celebrating the Fourth

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Celebrating the Fourth

The Fourth of July holiday is a time to relax and enjoy the company of family and friends. For service members at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, it provides a number of opportunities for fun and fireworks. The recent easing of restrictions due to COVID-19 did not allow event organizers enough time to

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Adrian's legacy

Club Adrian is what you might call the underdog of the Tacoma underage music scene — not quite as hip as Viaduct nor as publicized as Club Impact, but none the less frequented in droves by scenesters of the local all-ages music scene. I’ve often heard rumors of its existence,

Honor Flights to resume

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Honor Flights to resume

WASHINGTON - The Honor Flight Network, which sends veterans to tour war memorials in Washington, D.C., will restart flights in August after a 16-month suspension during the coronavirus pandemic.   Flights will resume Aug. 16, said Carol Harlow, communications officer for the Honor Flight Network.   "We have been monitoring closely the

Get the right lawyer

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Get the right lawyer

Not all law firms are equal ... especially in a military town like those in the South Sound area. Your rights as a military person, family member or retiree are more complicated, and therefore, your legal representation should understand that. Wallis Law Firm, PLLC in Tacoma "gets it," according to Cambria Queen,

3M found partly liable

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3M found partly liable

A federal jury on June 18 concluded earplug manufacturer 3M has some liability for an Army veteran's hearing loss after using their product during military service. The jury determined the Minnesota-based company failed to provide warnings about their product, though the earplug was not defective, according to court documents from the

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Trident University International specializes in online classes for military members.

Trident University International may be theplace to attend online classes for those seekingto gain the education to advance their careers. A private online for-profit university locatedin Cypress, California, it offers associate,bachelor's, master's and doctoral degreeprograms, as well as certificates in business,health sciences, education and informationsystems.   In order to help prospective students find

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Two Free Summer Polynesian Shows

  Join us for two FREE Military Support Polynesian shows this summer! Put on by the Asia Pacific Cultural Center and sponsored by Grand Canyon University. The first show will be near JBLM on July 10th and the second will be near Kitsap on July 17th! Pick the date and location that

Camo hats okay

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Camo hats okay

The Air Force has authorized airmen across the service to wear tactical operational camouflage pattern caps, which have the appearance of military-grade baseball caps. "If you have a Tactical OCP Cap, as identified in the official Air Force guidance, you are authorized to wear immediately," Chief Master Sgt. of the Air

Aid for all

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Aid for all

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - The Air Force Aid Society now provides emergency assistance to all airmen, regardless of duty status. "This is great news for our Reserve citizen airmen," said Mandie Holovach, Air Force Reserve Command's Airman and Family Readiness program specialist. "AFAS provides emergency assistance when unexpected financial emergencies arise,

Washington state parks to visit this summer

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Washington state parks to visit this summer

Washington has an abundance of state parks that are worth visiting. All that's needed is a Discover Pass, which you can purchase annually for $30 or on a one-time basis for $10. We can guarantee, after researching all the parks Washington has to offer, you will want to purchase an

Soldiers begin missions across Indo-Pacific

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Soldiers begin missions across Indo-Pacific

Small teams of soldiers have been deploying across the Indo-Pacific this year on missions akin to those performed by the Green Berets. The troops, who have already been sent to places like India, Thailand, the Maldives, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines, are assigned to the 820-soldier strong 5th Security

Suing for medical malpractice

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Suing for medical malpractice

On June 17, 2021 the Pentagon released guidelines on how service members can sue the Department of Defense for medical malpractice. For decades this has not been allowed. According to information published in the Federal Register, the Pentagon will begin next month to pay service members or their estates for substantiated

Madigan graduates a well-tested class

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Madigan graduates a well-tested class

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER - There is always a Friday in June that is celebrated at Madigan Army Medical Center. That is graduation day. For this year's ceremony for the 100 residents, interns and fellows from 22 graduate health education programs, masks and social distancing were the order of the

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