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Taking the fight to depression

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Taking the fight to depression

Dr. Kalyan Dandala believes that Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, or TMS, is the future of psychiatry. "It is the next generation of treatment," he said. "There is not a shortage of people suffering from depression anxiety; there is, however, a lack of awareness about Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation." Dandala is working to change this. While working

Helicopters. Respect … or racism

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Helicopters. Respect … or racism

The Defense Department is moving quickly to re-name military bases named after Confederate leaders, at the same time major league sports teams and high schools have removed images and names related to Native Americans. Which, begs the question, are helicopters next? How one person perceives another person is a natural occurrence.

AUSA serves you

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AUSA serves you

At the end of World War II, the United State Army was quickly reduced in size.  Congressional support for funding and maintaining even an adequate land power force was not politically popular. Recognizing this challenge, a number of Army leaders knew that the Army could survive as a viable force if

UFOs vs. your unit

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UFOs vs. your unit

The science fiction television series, Invasion premieres on Apple TV Oct. 22, which begs the question, could your military unit defeat an alien insurrection? Experts will tell you that an opponent cannot be defeated if the defender does not know or understand the opponent. Situational awareness on the battlefield is everything.

Hearing loss due to military service?

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Hearing loss due to military service?

Listen closely. In July of 2018 the Department of Justice announced that the 3M Company, which is headquartered in St. Paul, Minnesota, agreed to pay $9.1 million to resolve allegations that it knowingly sold for over a decade the dual-ended Combat Arms Earplugs, Version 2 (CAEv2) to the military without disclosing

CFC: Meet the face of change

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CFC: Meet the face of change

Retired Army Colonel Julie Martin perfectly summed up the importance of the Combined Federal Campaign when she wrote, "It represents the annual opportunity for military and federal employees and retirees to ‘give where they live' to their favorite charity." Well aware of the hardships the current pandemic has had on many

CFC: Helping to find hope

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CFC: Helping to find hope

From a borrowed soup kettle, Seattle's Union Gospel Mission began in 1932 to feed and care for those suffering during the Great Depression. "Now we love and care for thousands of our homeless neighbors every day throughout the greater Seattle area," wrote Ashley Carver, the mission's marketing project specialist. "Our mission

CFC: The saint that keeps giving

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CFC: The saint that keeps giving

St. Vincent de Paul of Tacoma-Pierce County is a welcoming community of individuals committed to offering person-to-person service to those in need. "We are one of the best kept secrets in helping others," commented Tracy Peacock, executive director, as she walked through a well-organized reception yard. "We help those in need,

A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

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A spouse’s lighthearted approach during difficult days

Tori Reim describes herself as lighthearted. "I am really easy going, and I try to see things from other people's points of view," she began. "I feel like too many people take life much too seriously." Reim grew up on a ranch outside of Sahuarita, Arizona, a small mining town just south

Do civilians get you?

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Do civilians get you?

The growing division between civilians and the military is akin to a long-term marriage that is headed for divorce court. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the perfect marriage - the nice house, the right friends, and a comfortable income. But behind the scenes of this upper middle-class union,

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McChord Flightline Chatter

No land swap

The hope that the city of Lakewood and Joint Base Lewis-McChord could affect a land swap has fallen through. An effort to relocate businesses in McChord Field's "impact area," the land most adjacent to the runway, to different property that the Joint Base would offer up, won't move forward as hoped. Development

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Military families turned out for party at Marymount Car Museum

Five-year-old Isabelle Poole sat quietly as a barber trimmed her hair. "We're fixing her hair," her mother, Karen Poole, said. "This past Thursday she tried cutting her own hair, so today's event came at a good time for us to stop by," she added with a thin smile. I began to get the

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Citizenship highlighted at Mt. Tahoma's JROTC competition

Cody McCartney stood ramrod straight at attention. In front of him stood a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet from the University of Washington. The inspector looked and sounded serious. Very serious. One of 21 Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from South Kitsap High School Wolf Battalion, McCartney, a senior, faced a

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Aficionado Cigar Lounge in Tacoma expands service

The Aficionado Cigar Lounge serves as a refuge for those seeking a spot to smoke a fine cigar. "This is a great place to come and enjoy one," commented Brian Larson as he relaxed next to Mr. Punch, the wooden statue just inside the front door that greets customers. Mr. Punch, an

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47th Combat Support Hospital leads efforts to raise cancer research funding at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

There are 175,000 reasons to shave your head. That number represents the children who are annually diagnosed with cancer. Their fight against this deadly disease is an uphill brawl; more children in this country die of cancer than any other disease. Saturday afternoon in the Joint Base Lewis-McChord MWR Special Events Tent,

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A Sip of Community: Tacoma's Odd Otter Brewing offers novel experience

In the orchestra of craft beers, the Odd Otter Brewing Company sits first chair. And those chairs happen to sit in an historic building in downtown Tacoma. Wedged in at 716 Pacific Ave., the building's history and the beers served therein create a sense of connectivity to the community. "Tacoma is

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Mayor of Lakewood wins bet with JBLM commander

It looks like Joint Base Lewis-McChord's commander, Col. Chuck Hodges, will be making good on his bet with Lakewood's mayor, Don Anderson. The city and JBLM enjoy a very good relationship that both Anderson and Hodges prize. But that didn't stop them from making a friendly wager on the outcome of

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Servicemembers held for Ebola monitoring at JBLM go home

Technical Sgt. Joe Greene happily returned home to Montana late Tuesday afternoon. "I was ready to get back to my family for Christmas," he said during a telephone interview from his home in Montana. "I missed Thanksgiving with them." One of 15 individuals monitored for Ebola symptoms, Greene spent 21 days in

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Tacoma honors veterans at War Memorial Park

Remembrance is a simple experience. At exactly 11 a.m. at the War Memorial Park in Tacoma, several hundred veterans, family members, friends and a handful of elected officials met on a cold and windy morning overlooking the Narrows Bridges to remember all veterans. "We are here to pay honor to those who

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I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza discusses Veterans Day with Lakewood students

Veterans Day can be described simply as the day set aside to honor our country's veterans. "This is about service, about the sacrifices that give us our rights, liberty and environment," explained Lt. Gen. Stephen Lanza this afternoon to the student body of St. Francis Cabrini School. Invited by the school to

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