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US Family Health Plan expands area coverage

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US Family Health Plan expands area coverage

For more than eight decades, the US Family Health Plan (USFHP) has been proud to serve active-duty family members, retirees and their dependents, and Reserve/Guard members on active-duty orders who are under the age of 65. PacMed, a multi-specialty physician group and a not-for-profit organization, has administered US Family Health Plan

Why are some shelves empty?

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Why are some shelves empty?

It has been one year since Bill Moore, director and CEO of the Defense Commissary Agency (DeCA), stated in Feb. 2022 DeCA press release that the agency's is to be, "The grocery provider of choice for our eligible patrons - delivering a vital benefit exclusively for our military community and

New I Corps CSM embodies former NCO’s actions

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New I Corps CSM embodies former NCO’s actions

I Corps' Command Sgt. Maj. Shawn Carns leads by what a Sgt. Gonzales taught him long ago. "When I first came into the Army, I had a rough time; I was struggling to find my way; I wasn't sure what to do as a private," began the native of Indiana, PA.

WNG preps for wildfires

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WNG preps for wildfires

The State of Washington knows the value of the lessons learned by members of the Washington National Guard (WNG) in protecting property and lives in preparation for this summer's wildfires. Last Sunday instructors with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) instructed approximately 200 members of the Guard during a field exercise

The plague of illegal dumping

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The plague of illegal dumping

After turning left off Eighth Ave. E and driving a few hundred yards, Ron Grantham made another left turn onto a dirt road leading into Training Area 15. After bouncing down the road for a few hundred yards, Grantham stopped the truck and got out to inspect a pile of garbage

Cause of Gulf War Illness discovered?

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Cause of Gulf War Illness discovered?

Sarin gas was responsible for the sickening of approximately 250,000 American soldiers who served during the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War according to a recently released study. Following the conflict, nearly one-third of all who deployed reported unexplained chronic symptoms. In the following years, veterans who sought medical help at the Department

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

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

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,

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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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