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Hell's Kitchen show and more

Thursday, Jan. 3 POP ROCK the reaching I’m going to go ahead and admit something. I love Coldplay. There, I said it, and I feel better for getting that off my chest. I guess the reason I have a soft spot for the pop rockers stems from my affection for the Fab

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Jazzy Jake's

Jake’s Bar and Bistro in Steilacoom hosts jazz every Saturday night beginning Jan. 5. Award winning saxophonist Jim Pribbenow, also known as King Greasy, will be the first to hit Jake’s stage. Joining Pribbenow will be pianist Craig Hoyer. Jake’s, formerly Jake Hathcock’s tiny Steilacoom Wine and Brew that shut down, renamed

Town Hall updates summer changes, events on base

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Town Hall updates summer changes, events on base

Services and programs across Joint Base Lewis-McChord updated the greater military community Wednesday in the age of COVID-19 and how that affects activities on base this summer. Col. Skye Duncan, garrison commander hosted the event.  Here are the updates of greatest interest. AD: Depression treatments using MRI-like technology not drugs AND covered

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Gate updates for JBLM

JBLM GATE UPDATES -- On June 8, these gate changes will take effect as JBLM begins to return to base-line operations: AD: Online couple counseling for military - get paid $300.  Start HERE. • DuPont Gate, Lewis Main: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends and holidays.

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JBLM opens more services

Only a handful of positive cases remain at Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Lt. Gen. Randy George. I Corps and JBLM commander, therefore, beginning Monday, more services will open on the base. AD: Depression treatments using MRI-like technology not drugs AND covered by Tricare - in Olympia - start HERE The following are

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PCS move dates from San Diego still unknown

There were more questions than answers to the big concerns military personnel and their families put forth during a Facebook Live event with Captain John DePree, commanding officer at Naval Base Coronado. DePree said he is waiting like everyone else to find out when gyms would open, troops can PCS,

McCoy utilizes vast military medical experience to go ‘where no man has gone before’

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McCoy utilizes vast military medical experience to go ‘where no man has gone before’

Most military members serve in one branch and spend their entire careers in either the enlisted or officer ranks. The same can't be said for Col. (Dr.) Robert "Bones" McCoy, 62nd Medical Squadron commander. McCoy has experienced it all -- four military branches, enlisted and officer tiers, active-duty, Reserve and

Air Force suspends fitness testing until Oct. 1

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Air Force suspends fitness testing until Oct. 1

In an effort to reduce exposure to airmen and to continue to slow the spread of COVID-19, Air Force officials announced May 22 all official fitness testing is suspended until Oct. 1. The change, which is an update from the original June 1 resume date, is effective immediately. Lt. Gen. Brian Kelly,

SMA expects ACFT to continue as planned in COVID-19 environment

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SMA expects ACFT to continue as planned in COVID-19 environment

(Photo: Sgt. 1st Class Phelps (top) gives instructions on the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT) on U.S. Army Garrison Humphreys, South Korea, May 14. Sgt. Maj. of the Army Michael A. Grinston said he expects the ACFT to continue implementing the ACFT across the service despite the COVID-19 conditions. Grinston

Local guardsmen mapping COVID-19

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Local guardsmen mapping COVID-19

(Photo: Esther Lam, an epidemiologist with the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), discusses procedures of the COVID-19 mapping mission with Washington Army National Guard 1st Lt. Jack Eisaman, a Physicians Assistant, May 15, 2020, at the DOH offices at Tumwater. The Washington National Guard is supporting the DOH to

Enjoy summer, win prizes with reading program

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Enjoy summer, win prizes with reading program

Whether you are young or young at heart, the Department of Defense (DoD) Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) Libraries is challenging all patrons to pick up a book for at least one hour a week this summer. The DoD MWR Virtual Summer Reading Program, scheduled June 1 to Aug. 31, is

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Washington expands religious opportunities

Gov. Jay Inslee announced today that some restrictions on religious gatherings would ease.  He said religious groups in phase one and two would see expansion of opportunities to be together. For in person services in the first phase (which includes all counties right now) outdoor religious services can be up to

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PCS moves - some now, others ... who knows

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department announced its stop-movement order will remain in place indefinitely, though some bases could meet new phased-in guidelines as early as Tuesday to allow travel for military personnel and their families. AD: All natural depression help covered by Tricare in Olympia ... no referals

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Base openings expand as cases near zero

Following on the heels of towns and cities across the United States, military troops, families and retirees in the South Sound will gain even more access to Joint Base Lewis-McChord, said Lt. Gen. Randy George, commander of I Corps and JBLM told a town hall audience via Facebook, Tuesday. "We've

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Jason Harris

These days it’s here a fireman, there a fireman, everywhere a fireman — but who’s complaining? Not me. Puyallup Fire Station #3 physician assistant Jason Harris, 39, burns down the house with his charisma, personality and community involvement, but his smoldering eyes and washboard abs save me. His fireman coat is back

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Good Karma

After spending 11 years with Nordstrom and the last seven with The Sports Authority as regional visual coordinator, Michelle Baerg, owner of Good Karma Boutique, proves she has a good eye and good taste. Baerg had been making jewelry in her spare time for years and opened her shop two

McChord airman named Reserve JAG of the Year

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McChord airman named Reserve JAG of the Year

Lt. Col. Hanna Yang, 446th Airlift Wing's Judge Advocate General (JAG), wins the 2019 Harmon Award, announced Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Rockwell, Air Force Judge Advocate General, May 7. The Harmon Award, known as the Reserve JAG of the Year award, recognizes the most outstanding Air Reserve Component JAG officer, in the

Washington National Guard members build COVID-19 test kits

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Washington National Guard members build COVID-19 test kits

COVID-19 testing was one of the pillars of Gov. Jay Inslee's recovery plan for Washington state. Ensuring that test kits are readily available has been a team effort of the Department of Health, AmeriCorps and a dozen members of the Washington National Guard. "Working with the Department of Health and AmeriCorps

Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

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Puget Sound VA medical center reopening services

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert Wilkie announced the department will begin to reintroduce healthcare services in select VA facilities May 18 including in the Puget Sound, as states reopen from COVID-19 shutdowns. Each Veterans Integrated Service Network (VISN) has selected Lead Sites to be the first to implement

Memorial Amphitheater’s 100th Anniversary

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Memorial Amphitheater’s 100th Anniversary

On May 15, Arlington National Cemetery's Memorial Amphitheater celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1920, for the first time, the nation's Memorial Day ceremony (then known as Decoration Day) was held at the brand new Memorial Amphitheater. For a century it has served as the setting for the National Memorial Day

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