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JBLM Exchange reopens

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JBLM Exchange reopens

The newly expanded and upgraded Joint Base Lewis-McChord Exchange celebrated its Grand Reopening Sept. 28. "The modern look and name brands in the main store, mall and food court make the complex look and feel like a shopping center our customers would see outside of the gate," stated Keiana Holleman, a

Meet Chaplain (Maj.) Abram Staten

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Meet Chaplain (Maj.) Abram Staten

Major Abram Staten used the words "life giving" to describe his ministry to the soldiers of 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team. "Chaplains serve under their own religious calling," he began, "and they help others to excel in life by modeling the tools needed to succeed in life." Growing up in Winnsboro, South

H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

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H2F program is essential to soldier readiness

One of Pfc. Joseph Cifreo's two big toes stopped working. "I ruptured a tendon that controls movement in my left big toe during a Scout Spur Ride," explained the soldier assigned to 1st Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 1-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division. During the challenge, troopers faced a number

An app for medical records

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An app for medical records

Nexudoc is an app designed to help military members receive their medical benefits upon separation from service. "This is a mobile app that was developed to help service members take control of their own military medical records," began Dan Frazee, a certified physician associate with a doctorate in medical sciences. He and

Help for military spouse employment

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Help for military spouse employment

Next year the Department of Defense will initiate a program which puts military spouses into paid fellowship positions with corporations that will keep them employed past their next PCS move. More details about the program will be forthcoming, said Eddy Mentzer, the DoD's associate director of Military Community Support Programs, during

Recruitment is an American problem

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Recruitment is an American problem

The Army's recruitment goal of 485,000 soldiers is almost 20,000 short for fiscal year 2022 according to a memo written in July by Gen. James McConville, Army Chief of Staff. In it he said that a general lack of interest and a sense of distrust in the Army contributed to the

New Strykers at JBLM

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New Strykers at JBLM

The new DVHA1 Stryker is an example of the Army's commitment to force modernization. By maintaining its superiority over any adversary by providing force with the speed, range and cutting-edge technologies, the DVHA1 is vital to the success of any near future fight while preparing for the demands of a distant

LGBTQ military kids struggle more

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LGBTQ military kids struggle more

An estimated 1.76 million young people in this country have a parent in the military. It is also well known that these youth face a battery of stressors due to their parents' military service to include frequent moves, separations during deployments or training, and fear of harm to their family

Meet SSgt. Rebecca Trujillo

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Meet SSgt. Rebecca Trujillo

SSgt. Rebecca Trujillo's desire to be different has led her to being the youngest advisor with the 5th Security Forces Assistance Brigade (SFAB). "Growing up, I was outspoken and loved to be the one that was different from the rest of the group," said the native of Plattsburgh, New York. This sense

2nd SBCT headed to Korea

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2nd SBCT headed to Korea

The Army announced Sept. 2 that the 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will deploy this fall to Korea, following through on a change in unit type the service announced earlier this year. The brigade will replace the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team (1st ABCT)

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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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