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Ham grenades find their mark

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Ham grenades find their mark

Sgt. Maj. Michael Shilo, Warrior Transition Battalion (WTB), made his thanks clear. "We are very thankful for your help in making this holiday season a good one for our soldiers and their families," he said yesterday morning to an assembly of community leaders and soldiers. "Operation Ham Grenade and the efforts to

New menus in DFACs

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New menus in DFACs

The Army is committed to losing weight. In an October 2016 Department of Defense study, approximately 10.5 percent of soldiers were classified as overweight. A year later, the Army Surgeon General's Office presented data that showed that the percentage of overweight soldiers had grown to 13 percent. In meeting the challenge, the Army

$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

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$1,000 scholarships for high school seniors

Col. Isabelle Josephine "Jo" Swartz's long record of service to Joint Base Lewis-McChord and the local community will continue. In honor of the work Swartz accomplished during and after her service, the Association of the United States Army (AUSA), Captain Meriwether Lewis Chapter, has renamed the Fort Lewis Family Member Scholarship

Local military champion dies

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Local military champion dies

The thread of service ran strong in Mary Findlay. A military spouse and supporter of the servicemembers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, and fixture in the town of Steilacoom, passed last weekend. "Hers was a life of service," said Steilacoom Mayor Ron Lucas. "She was often referred to as ‘Miss Mary,' and she

Letting potential off the leash

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Letting potential off the leash

Fraser is a hero. As a service dog, he was paired with Alex, a young man confined to a wheelchair. The partnership between the two allowed Alex to enter Seattle University, earn a bachelor's degree and then complete an internship in South Africa. "Alex says he never would have dreamed of studying

Stuffing and love

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Stuffing and love

The dinner was an outpouring of love and stuffing. For the fifth year in a row, Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) hosted its annual Operation Thanksgiving Dinner in Chris Knutzen Hall for about 80 soldiers who have just arrived at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "For ninety percent of these servicemembers, this is their first

A college’s buddy system

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A college’s buddy system

The Student Veterans Organization -- or SVO -- at Pierce College, provides veterans with a range of support programs to help them realize their educational goals. The SVO is a part of the college's larger Veterans Resource Center (VRC). The center has revamped over the past seven to eight months in

Children’s Museum breaks ground

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Children’s Museum breaks ground

Joint Base Lewis-McChord's Children and Youth Programs has partnered with the Children's Museum of Tacoma to turn the old skating rink at 2275 Liggett Ave. into a Children's Museum annex. The Children's Museum of Tacoma was established in 1985 by parents, teachers and community leaders to create unique resources for area

Operation Turkey Drop

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Operation Turkey Drop

The turkeys came tumbling out of the back of an Old Cannery Furniture Warehouse truck. As soon as the vehicle had stopped, the back door was quickly opened and a number of hands began to unload 160 frozen turkeys to hand off to another pair of hands. The line of

Lending knowledge

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Lending knowledge

Since 2016, the Veterans Lending Group (VLG) has put on live Veterans Administration Loan Bootcamp classes across the country in order to better educate military and veterans' communities about the VA Home Loan Benefits. In conjunction with this educational initiative, VLG has created an On-Demand video class, which allows servicemembers who

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Garrison Community Update

Garrison Community Updates are hosted monthly by the Joint Base Lewis-McChord Garrison Command Team. The purpose of these meetings is to keep servicemembers, employees and spouses updated as to what is happening on JBLM. This month's update recognized the runners who had trained for and participated in the Army 10-Miler Race. The

Aloha Pride

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Aloha Pride

Specialist Zion Comesario is this year's winner of the annual Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce John H. Anderson Military Citizen of the Year Award. "I am honored to receive this recognition," he said during his acceptance remarks. Born and raised in Kailua Kona, Hawaii, he joined the Army in October 2016.   Comesario

Medallion promotes good planning

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Medallion promotes good planning

Veterans know the value of good planning. Not only does a well laid out concept of operations minimize problems, but it also ensures that events move smoothly. Mountain View Funeral Home and Memorial Park honors and respects all veterans for their service. And whether the family members of a passed veteran

Vietnam remembered

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Vietnam remembered

The Smithsonian Channel will commemorate this year's Veterans Day with two premieres offering unique and new aspects of the Vietnam War. A one-hour special entitled, Gun Trucks of Vietnam, airs Sunday, Nov. 11, at 9 p.m. The feature tells the story of the innovative Army soldiers who were assigned trucks under-equipped

Finally recognized

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Finally recognized

Jessie Castro, Vitaliano Bantiles and Lenenor Jimenez had waited over 75 years to receive due recognition for their service alongside American forces pitted against the Japanese Army in the Philippines during World War II. Joining the three surviving veterans were the next of kin of 57 other Filipino-Americans who received the

Buy a brick

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Buy a brick

This Veterans Day marks another anniversary of the end of the Great War, or World War I, a century ago. Hostilities on the Western Front ceased on at the 11th hour of the 11th day, 1918. On this day this year, Sunday, Nov. 11, Americans will pause to honor those men

Clover Park breaks ground on middle school

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Clover Park breaks ground on middle school

The Clover Park School District is making good on its mission to create promising futures for the children it serves at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and in Lakewood. This past Monday afternoon, school district officials and local community leaders picked up shovels to break ground for the construction of a new school.

Living a financial life

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Living a financial life

Listening to Dave Jennings talk, one begins to think the man's life is a guide in creating multiple careers. Born in an Army hospital near the Panama Canal, he spent 18 years exploring the environment. "I fished, hunted alligators, played baseball, football, camped and surfed," Jennings said.   After high school, he joined

TRICARE changes coming

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TRICARE changes coming

In the coming months, the Defense Health Agency will implement significant changes to the TRICARE health benefit which will affect many of its 9.4 million patients worldwide. A sizable number of these TRICARE patients -- more than 281,000 -- live in the Puget Sound area. Beginning Nov. 12, TRICARE patients may choose

2018 CFC Guide

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2018 CFC Guide

CFC is your opportunity to give to local and national charities through your payroll.  Millions of dollars are donated annually. From September to December, you can choose the CFC organizations you'd like to support. Inside this guide are many local options

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