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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

For one who has come from nothing, Senior Airman Louis Shackelford has made a significant contribution to the struggle against COVID-19. "The first obstacle I had to overcome that still echoes through my life was growing up Black, extremely poor, raised by my single mother in one of the poorest neighborhoods/public

Service to the core

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Service to the core

Michael Ake's service in his civilian and military occupations is an excellent definition and example of what it means to be a citizen soldier. As both the interim Chief of Police of Tacoma and the commander of the 56th Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG), Washington Army National Guard, his focus is

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Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD)

  The majority of previous studies on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) have focused on male populations.   PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event; IHD is a term given to heart problems caused by

One tenacious airman

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One tenacious airman

Captain Melissa Jordan currently serves as the Air Force Public Health Officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, the flight commander of Aerospace Medicine, and the Public Emergency Officer for the 62nd Airlift Wing. Her life started hard in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania when she was born to parents who had recently separated from the

Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

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Holistic Health and Fitness system comes to JBLM

The Army is changing the culture in which it recruits, retains and trains the next generation of soldiers, and Joint Base Lewis-McChord is leading and meeting the challenge. The Holistic Health and Fitness (H2F) system is a United States Army Forces Command (FORSCOM) initiative which remodels how the Army creates and

A first right here

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A first right here

Captain Daniel Mathews, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team (SBCT), 7th Infantry Division,  became the Army's first public affairs officer to earn the Expert Soldier Badge (ESB) in October 2020. Like the Expert Infantryman Badge (EIB) and Expert Field Medical Badge (EFMB) which enhance the effectiveness of soldiers assigned to combat tasks,

Airman “lead” in disasters

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Airman “lead” in disasters

Lt. Col. Bruce Simpson takes a holistic approach to his service in the Washington Air National Guard (WANG). "The military has a diversity of people and missions," he wrote in an email, "but the sum of all the parts is truly amazing." Simpson (no relation) joined the Guard in 2008 in response

At Election Time, Hire a Vet

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At Election Time, Hire a Vet

As an attorney and the City of Lakewood's deputy mayor, Jason Whalen consistently works in a collaborative manner. "Rather than worry about partisan politics or who gets credit for what," he wrote in an email, "we know that the mission is best achieved by working together for the common good." That common

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AUSA TO TEE UP

Those reeling from their COVID-19 lockdown this spring will find heading off to a favorite golf course sweeter than ever before, especially when supporting local troops. That will be the driving motivation for this year’s 28th annual AUSA Golf Tournament. The fairway and greens event will be held at JBLM’s

Base monuments mark history on JBLM

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Base monuments mark history on JBLM

With a century of history behind it, Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) offers families living on post a number of historical markers to visit. Make an afternoon of it. Combine history with a school-like field trip. Enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. The Meriwether Lewis Monument Just inside JBLM's Liberty Gate stands an

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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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