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Guard officer’s varied background a plus when serving

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Guard officer’s varied background a plus when serving

Maj. Ryan Dykes approaches whatever he does in a non-stop manner. "It's hard for me to sit and not be doing something," the Washington Army National Guard operations officer and full-time administrative officer (AO) for the 420th Chemical Battalion at the Yakima Readiness Center began. "I think this is why I

How to help military children reconnect after two years of the pandemic

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How to help military children reconnect after two years of the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has been extraordinarily challenging for even the most resilient kids. The lockdowns and countless precautions have resulted in isolation and a loss of normal opportunities for children to just be children.  What can parents and the broader military community do to restore a sense of normality? How can

'Operation Mincemeat'

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'Operation Mincemeat'

From Operation Crossbow (1965) to Enigma (2002) to The Imitation Game (2014) to Hacksaw Ridge (2016), we've seen so many movies shining the spotlight on real-life heroes, many of them not hugely well-known, from World War II. Time and again, just when we think there can't possibly be a made-for-Hollywood

Gun safes excluded from household goods weight allowance

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Gun safes excluded from household goods weight allowance

As of May 2022, the Joint Travel Regulations for service members were updated to exclude the weight of gun safes from the total weight allowance of household goods in a permanent change of station. As the number of accidental child injuries and deaths continue to rise, more and more incidents are

Revised ‘Brown, Blue Book’ released

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Revised ‘Brown, Blue Book’ released

ARLINGTON, Va. (AFNS) -  The Air Force recently updated the contents of The Enlisted Force Structure and The Profession of Arms: Our Core Values, more commonly known among airmen as the "Brown" and "Blue" books. Tradition and heritage are themes found within the revamped foundational guides for airmen to emulate throughout

PCS changes on the way

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PCS changes on the way

PCSing can be a pain in the neck, change is coming. The regulations around military moves stem from two sources - Congress and the Pentagon. In charge of putting all of the rules in place and caring for the PSC system is the U.S. Transportation Command (TRANSCOM) at Scott Air Force

3M’s earplugs lawsuit update

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3M’s earplugs lawsuit update

A legion of lawsuits against earplug manufacturer 3M has become the largest multidistrict litigation in the nation's history. Between 2003 and 2015, thousands of military personnel who used the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 have either been diagnosed with or suffer from hearing loss or tinnitus. On May 6, District Judge

Join us at our  Salute to Armed Forces Family Day

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Join us at our Salute to Armed Forces Family Day

Join us for a FREE Salute to Armed Forces Family Day, presented by StationedAT JBLM and sponsored by Grand Canyon University, to honor military families and their sacrifice. The party will take place on May 14 in the DuPont ACU parking lot from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.  When we say

Champs for vets

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Champs for vets

Champions for Veterans is an organization that helps those who have served maneuver the Veterans Affairs' system by providing the tools necessary to effectively obtain the disability rating they have earned. "We help veterans get the VA disability they deserve," said CEO Gino Johnson, "through the use of an online course,

Innovation, technology and gaming collide May 24-29 at FORCECON 2022

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Innovation, technology and gaming collide May 24-29 at FORCECON 2022

SAN ANTONIO, Texas - Airmen and guardians from across the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Space Force are invited to take part in FORCECON 2022: Innovation - Technology - Gaming, an interactive industry and academia collider event and gaming competition being held at the Tech Port Center and Arena here

JBLM commissaries among grand prize winners for Special Olympics promotion

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JBLM commissaries among grand prize winners for Special Olympics promotion

FORT LEE, Va. - The Lewis Main and McChord Field commissaries were two of nearly 40 commissaries worldwide named grand prize winners in an industry promotion that delivered extra savings to their military communities while also supporting their local Special Olympics chapters. As part of their Special Olympics promotion, Procter and

Good humor and smiles mark Change of responsibility ceremony

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Good humor and smiles mark Change of responsibility ceremony

This past Monday afternoon during a Change of Responsibility Ceremony at I Corps Headquarters, America's First Corps said farewell to Command Sgt. Maj. Shane Pospisil as it welcomed Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns. "They are the first example to our soldiers; they are the backbone of our Army; they are leaders

USO Transition Program

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USO Transition Program

Olivia Burley, a military spouse, made it clear to a United Service Organizations (USO) Transition Program member at USO Northwest (USO NW) what she did not want to do in her next career move. "She was very clear about that," began Patrick Creighton, a decorated Army veteran and a senior member

Better PCSing

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Better PCSing

FORT KNOX, Ky. - A former Fort Knox military family learned a valuable lesson during their most recent permanent change of station move - making national headlines and leading to Department of Defense talks to improve processes. Chief Warrant Officer 3 Austin McNulty and his wife Valerie, who left Fort Knox

Enlisted Tigershark soldiers take to the sky

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Enlisted Tigershark soldiers take to the sky

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Those who have spent time around Army helicopters know that the enlisted crew chiefs are often visible from the sky, with their head hanging out of the sliding side door of a UH-60 Black Hawk or feet dangling off of the back ramp of a CH-47

Summer movie preview

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Summer movie preview

Editor's note: The following is a list of summer movies Richard is looking forward to. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (May 6)  Feels like there's a multiverse of multiverses these days, and I fully expect to get lost in the weeds at some point during this latest chapter from

JBLM Ranger team takes home Best CBRN Warrior Competition trophy

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JBLM Ranger team takes home Best CBRN Warrior Competition trophy

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. - The U.S. Army Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear School named 1st Lt. Jordan Anderson and Sgt. Austin Howard, from the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the winners of the six-day Best CBRN Warrior competition during a ceremony April 15 at Baker Theater. The competition,

Airman brings community idea to McChord Field for Earth Day

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Airman brings community idea to McChord Field for Earth Day

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Litter is a big problem with a simple solution - everyone on Joint Base Lewis-McChord doing their part. At least that's what Staff Sgt. Ciara Love, precision measurement equipment laboratory technician with 62nd Maintenance Squadron, at JBLM proposed for April 22, which was Earth Day. Love is

Doing the right thing: Soldier helps injured driver on I-5

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Doing the right thing: Soldier helps injured driver on I-5

While a Reserve Officers' Training Corps cadet who majored in business analytics at Auburn University only to be branch detailed into the infantry, 1st Lt. Gavin McGettigan is now not only an infantry officer but a Good Samaritan. Cadets have the opportunity to rank their choice of branches in the Army

Airman up for the challenge

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Airman up for the challenge

Joint Base Lewis-McChord - The 62nd Aircraft Maintenance Squadron conducted a weeklong Agile Combat Employment training here, April 18-22, 2022. The ACE training is part of a grand and innovative operation in which maintainers at McChord Field do their part to "Accelerate Change or Lose." It is no secret that adversaries'

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