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A Lancer leads the way

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A Lancer leads the way

There is a similarity between the game of football and the Army.Both are based on disciplined teamwork.During the 2009 high school football season, the United States Army and the Seattle Seahawks have been honoring Washington state student-athletes on a weekly basis who exemplify the values of academic and athletic achievements.Willis

Guard: an enduring partnership

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Guard: an enduring partnership

The Washington National Guard is busy. Dedicated to the mission of safeguarding lives and property in Washington state, the Guard also ably serves overseas. “Citizen soldiers offer a wealth of experience and knowledge,” said Maj. Wil Johnston, director, State Partnership Program (SPP). Created in 2002, the SPP maintains a long-term relationship designed to

Memorial boxes honor 1/17 soldiers

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Memorial boxes honor 1/17 soldiers

The cedar box is simple in its design and large in its message. On the cover is the crest of the 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment.  When the box is opened the following words appear:With deepest respect from the soldiers and families of the “Buffaloes” 1st Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment

Raider support

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Raider support

Jeannie Sweezer knows how a spouse new to the military with little resources feels when a loved one deploys.“I know what it is like to be the one who has no resources,” said Sweezer, a family readiness support assistant with the new Raider Family Center. “We’re here to assist families

The courage to act

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The courage to act

Sgt. Kenny De La Fuente exudes confidence.Then again, as a soldier assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Battalion, he is one of America’s elite soldiers. His sense of being the best defines his role as a noncommissioned officer.“A good NCO should have a clear sense of competence toward whatever

Over the fence

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Over the fence

It’s the bottom of the ninth inning of a tied game with two outs and the winning run at third.“I’m a coach with a whole bunch of blue chip players,” said Col. Jerome (Jerry) Penner, commander, Madigan Army Medical Center.The outcome of the game is assured; Penner’s team will score.“My

Keeping the bond

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Keeping the bond

It is not a stretch to say that noncommissioned officers are the bonding element that holds the Army — and its family members — together.Just ask Sgt. 1st Class Victoria Lischalk, the soldier who oversees the Remote Warrior Care Program for the Warrior Transition Battalion, or WTB.“This mission is 24/7

Preventive car care

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Preventive car care

The screen saver on Michael Zahringer’s computer read: “Smile … and customers will leave smiling.”The general manager of the post’s Firestone Tire & Auto Center, Zahringer is committed to making sure his customers — most of whom are soldiers, their dependents and retirees — are well served.And with fall and

NCO steps up after 9/11

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NCO steps up after 9/11

“9/11.”That was Sgt. Daniel Fortune’s simple and direct answer when asked why he joined the Army.“I saw what happened to our country that day, and I wanted to do my part to bring America back,” added the California native.Enlisting in the Army after graduating from high school, Fortune serves as

Building a wall

Veterans

Building a wall

Joe Zelazny and Chuck O’Donahue are determined that Pierce County military veterans not be forgotten.“We are veterans, and we want all veterans honored,” said Zelazny, a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war, as he walked the grounds of the New Tacoma War Memorial Park. “A veteran is

A robotic da Vinci

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A robotic da Vinci

The words “da Vinci” conjure up images of an intelligence that worked to improve upon existing conditions.Many of the conceptual works Leonardo da Vinci wrote about and drew (e.g., helicopters, airplanes, and human anatomy) foreshadowed and paved the way for modern day technology.One vital area where current technology is rapidly

Making the most

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Making the most

Sgt. Stephanie Banuelos thinks that leadership comes through experience and taking advantage of opportunities.“By taking advantage of what the Army has offered me, I have learned – and continue to learn – how to be a good leader,” said the BOSS (Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers) team installation leader, as

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One helluva cup of coffee

The comforting smell of coffee welcomes those who walk into the Java Flow in Tillicum. The hardwood floors shine. On the wall to the right is a framed movie poster promoting “We Were Soldiers Once,” starring Mel Gibson.  To the left of the poster — on the other side of a

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One helluva cup of coffee

The comforting smell of coffee welcomes those who walk into the Java Flow in Tillicum. The hardwood floors shine. On the wall to the right is a framed movie poster promoting “We Were Soldiers Once,” starring Mel Gibson.  To the left of the poster — on the other side of a

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Market fun

The Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market is bigger and better than ever. A tradition in downtown Puyallup for the past 20-plus years, the market’s vendors offer an enchanting array of unique products and excellent food. “We’re the first in the area to have cherries and fresh peas,” exclaims Janie Morris, the market’s

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Market fun

The Puyallup Main Street Farmers Market is bigger and better than ever. A tradition in downtown Puyallup for the past 20-plus years, the market’s vendors offer an enchanting array of unique products and excellent food. “We’re the first in the area to have cherries and fresh peas,” exclaims Janie Morris, the market’s

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