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The Fightin’ Fourth

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The Fightin’ Fourth

For the 55th time in the history of the Air Force, command of the 4th Airlift Squadron (AS) at McChord Field has been passed. Standing on the port side of a C-17, Lt. Col. Jessica Regni passed the squadron's guidon and campaign ribbons to Lt. Col. Sean Burke in a change

Making dreams come true

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Making dreams come true

As the world of entertainment, media, arts and technology continues to grow, it creates exciting opportunities for those who seek the challenge of creative problem solving. Full Sail University, located in Winter Park, Florida, offers students the classes and experiences to be successful in this field. "If you have a dream, we'll

Shooting for the stars

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Shooting for the stars

Articulate and polite, Tabitha Johnson personifies the Latin aphorism of carpe diem, which means "seize the day." "I think it is important to be involved in what interests you as you figure out what you want to do in life," she said. A senior at Lt. Gen. W.H. Harrison Preparatory School, an

Avionics in demand

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Avionics in demand

The aviation industry is a high-demand field that needs more avionics technicians. "In aviation, things are always evolving and becoming more user-friendly and easier to troubleshoot," Dustin Cooper, an Air Force veteran and avionics instructor at the South Hill Campus of Clover Park Technical College, explained. "But with these changes come new

Serving in the classroom

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Serving in the classroom

The Clover Park School District (CPSD) offers numerous career paths to individuals desiring to help educate the next generation. "Our work is meaningful because we contribute to our students' education and success," said Lori Liedes, the district's recruitment coordinator. "Every position directly or indirectly supports the work of educating and preparing

Job hunting made easier

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Job hunting made easier

For servicemembers preparing to make the transition into the civilian job force, having an idea about where to find employment is an important part of the process. RecruitMilitary.com is a leader in helping veterans and their spouses make this change. The site's services are free of charge to veterans. Founded in 1998 by

Squaring financial futures

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Squaring financial futures

Get squared away. Those three simple words are the foundation of First Command, a financial planning firm looking for individuals who want to serve others. During the early 1950s, Air Force Lt. Col. Carroll Payne worked with the families of a number of crewmembers killed in training flights. Saddened by the financial

A gathering of patriots

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A gathering of patriots

Patriots are individuals who profess love for and loyalty to their country. As such, expressions of patriotism can take the form of standing during the National Anthem to displaying the flag on one's home. To highlight this sentiment, organizations and individuals are invited to participate in the third Washington state Patriotic

Out in front

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Out in front

When military families know that their health needs will be met, they feel a sense of protection, of well being. That sense of comfort begins in the northeast corner of Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) at the Madigan Army Medical Center, where over 100,000 active-duty servicemembers, their families and retirees receive world-class

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 newly assigned personnel, their families, and visitors a number of historical markers. The Meriwether Lewis Monument: Just inside JBLM's Liberty Gate stands an impressive bronze statue honoring Capt. Meriwether Lewis of the famed Lewis and Clark Corps of Discovery Expedition. Commissioned

Skilled trades offer a future for veterans

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Skilled trades offer a future for veterans

The skilled trades offer veterans a sound and prosperous future. The aging of Baby Boomers and the disinterest by young adults in the skilled trades has resulted in a labor shortage. A 2017 survey by CBS News found that for every individual who enters the skilled trades, five are retiring, and only

Mechatronics on the move

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Mechatronics on the move

The cone machine sitting in Building 25 on the campus of Clover Park Technical College serves as a perfect representative of 21st century mechatronic automation. The aluminum-built, 500-pound mechanism's function is simple: to efficiently insert small silver washers into larger blue cones. "Currently, the company that asked us to design and build

A hero passes

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A hero passes

Medal of Honor recipient Joe Jackson passed last Sunday. He was 95. A retired Air Force colonel, he was a veteran of World War II, the Korean War, and the War in Vietnam. During Monday evening's Lakewood City Council meeting, Mayor Don Anderson called for a moment of silence in acknowledgement of

The Puzzle Masters

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The Puzzle Masters

Escape rooms are like old television detective shows, or modern-day reality dramas, where participants work together through a cluster of clues to solve a puzzle, and thereby escape from the room. "The experience allows our guests to immerse themselves in an entirely different world," said David Lamb, owner and CEO of

Out of the hole

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Out of the hole

"Catholic Community Services (CCS) was paramount to pull me out of a suicidal hole," the retired Army veteran said in a CCS press release. "I asked for help, and help was given. I cannot believe that these programs are out there for veterans." After 20 years of service, the Whidbey Island

STEM dollars for military students

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STEM dollars for military students

The Clover Park School District was recently notified that it will receive a five-year Department of Defense (DoD) grant to encourage the development of teaching curriculum and assessment tools for use in the district's schools that have high levels of military-connected students. The district is the 26th largest in Washington state

The magic of Christmas

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The magic of Christmas

Christmas Wish is a program that brings the magic of the holidays to the families of wounded warriors. Heartbeat Serving Wounded Warriors (HSWW) began the program in 2009. "Christmas is a magical time of the year," said Janice Buckley, founder and president of HSWW (a 501c3 nonprofit). "But for some of

An empty kennel

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An empty kennel

Erica Jong, an American novelist, satirist and poet, once wrote that "Dogs come into our lives to teach us about love. They depart to teach us about loss." Maiko, a 7-year-old multi-purpose canine (MPC) assigned to 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment, at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, lived and died by those words. "He

Largest deployment in nine years

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Largest deployment in nine years

Ever since its establishment as the 446th Troop Carrier Wing in April, 1955, the current 446th Airlift Wing (Reserve) at McChord Field has distinguished itself in its service to the country. At specific times to be determined in 2019, nearly 300 members of the wing will deploy in what is the

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Comcast NBCUniversal has long been at the forefront of respecting and honoring the sacrifices made by veterans to protect the freedoms Americans enjoy. "We've been hiring veterans for decades," retired Brig. Gen. Carol Eggert, senior vice president of military and veterans' affairs, wrote in an email. "Our company founder, Ralph Roberts,

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