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Samurai's Hurricane

While it’s great to have brothers to give me wedgies, teach me about heavy metal and take slapshots at my face when they play street hockey, I’m especially thankful that I have sisters. Everything I know about girls I learned from them (and from watching “The Facts of Life”). My

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Visiting two favorite haunts

It is that time of year people. I finally got sick. It is tough not to succumb to it when everyone around you is hacking and sneezing. I never stood a chance. I did the obsessive hand washing, antibacterial soap, Emergen-C, and Zicam, which really helped the severity, because everyone

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Interview with a rat

JAKARTA, Indonesia — Last month, researchers in Indonesia made a shocking announcement. In an extremely rare scientific discovery, scientists say they’ve recently identified a new species of mammal — a giant rat — living and flourishing in the Foja Mountains rainforest in eastern Papua. According to the Chinese Zodiac, today we

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On local screens this week

27 DRESSES: “Knocked Up” and “Grey’s Anatomy” star Katherine Heigl is a perennial bridesmaid whose own happy ending is nowhere in sight. (PG) – BW Century Olympia: Fri-Thurs, Jan. 24 11:30 a.m., 12:45, 2:10, 3:30, 4:50, 6:10, 7:30, 8:50, 10:10. Galaxy Tacoma 6: Thurs

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"Mad Money" not worth much

There is something called “found poetry.” The term refers to anything that was not written as poetry, but reads as if it were. I would like to suggest a new category: found reviews. These are not really reviews, but serve the same function. I found one just now, and after

Official face mask coming

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Official face mask coming

The official Army-designed, -tested, and -refined face mask - the Combat Cloth Face Covering (CCFC) - will be provided to new soldiers during the second quarter of FY2021. This was one of the updates provided to the Army Uniform Board (AUB) during its 152nd meeting, which occurred on Nov. 18. In

Operation cookie drop

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Operation cookie drop

Maj. Jennifer Arce, Operation Cookie Drop co-organizer and 62nd Medical Squadron flight medicine nurse, and other volunteers box up cookies during Operation Cookie Drop Dec. 9, 2020, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The operation received more than 1,000 dozen cookies, which exceeded the goal of 700 dozen cookies for dorm resident

Vaccine plan for JBLM

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Vaccine plan for JBLM

The first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Tuesday morning, according to Lt. Gen. Randy George, base and I Corps commander. Because the vaccine was authorized for emergency use, he said it is "completely voluntary for everyone ... including military members." If you decline the shot, Madigan officials said it

Holiday takeout meals around the South Sound

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Holiday takeout meals around the South Sound

With the holiday season shaping up to be more different than ever, we know some of you might be looking to change up your usual meal plans. Or maybe you've always preferred to make things easy and grab a takeout meal for your celebrations and the rest of us are

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TMS AND TRICARE: A Long Overdue Union

The 21st century has seen the rise of anxiety and depression to become some of the more prevalent health concerns across all ages. According to the World Health Organization, depression is a widespread illness faced by about 264 million people of different age groups around the

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BAH increasing in JBLM area

The Basic Allowance for Housing rates for 2021 were published by DOD today. In most instances, the BAH rates for service members who work at JBLM will increase anywhere between 4% to 9% depending on your rank. See attached graphic for 2020-2021 comparison. AD: Tricare covers TMS treatments for depression and anxiety. 

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Vaccine arrives at JBLM

Photo: Mark Robinson, material handler (left), Pfc. Saurav Shrestha, 68J Medical Logistician, and Paul Russell, Chief of Logistics, inspect the first shipment of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine Tuesday, Dec. 15 at Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord. The first shipment of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived at Joint

SPOUSE magazine - December 2020

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SPOUSE magazine - December 2020

  To receive an email announcing the latest Spouse magazine, click here. To read the December 2020 Spouse Magazine, click HERE. In this month's issue: <<< Local PNW ciders to enjoy <<< Fantasy Lights <<< Teaching kids about money <<< Tis' the season for charcuterie boards

JBLM diving program heals

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JBLM diving program heals

ARLINGTON, Va. - There's an aquatic world beneath the surface of the Puget Sound that injured soldiers explore while earning scuba diving certifications. The unforgettable experience is part of Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldier Recovery Unit's adaptive reconditioning program. For some, it's so much more than a certification program; it's a

History making LT at JBLM

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History making LT at JBLM

  JOINT BASE LEWIS MCCHORD - An Army Leader is anyone who by virtue of assumed role or assigned responsibility inspires and influences people to accomplish organizational goals - 1st. Lt. Sarah Zorn, who for the past six months has accomplished that and more within the 5th battalion, 3rd Field Artillery

Operation Ham Grenade

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Operation Ham Grenade

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD - Operation Ham Grenade, an annual event, launched Dec. 4.  Vehicles, displaying the Air Force Association logo, pulled into the warehouse laden with holiday hams destined to brighten the tables of Air Force families. This year, there were no elf costumes, but no less holiday cheer. A spirited buzz

Military servicemembers are protected through interest rate caps

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Military servicemembers are protected through interest rate caps

Service members have special protections to ward off predatory lenders trying to impose high interest rates. "The Military Lending Act honors our military by helping them stay financially safe," said Eric Zittel, Vice President of Consumer Lending at Harborstone Credit Union. The Military Lending Act (MLA) protects military and their families from

Drive-thru flu fighting went well

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Drive-thru flu fighting went well

MADIGAN ARMY MEDICAL CENTER - Vehicles and large parking lots have proven to be saving graces in the COVID era. Madigan Army Medical Center on Joint Base Lewis-McChord, has certainly made extensive use of them to ensure appropriate social distancing for its pharmacy operations and now has conducted its first

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