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Aviators take to the skies once again

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Aviators take to the skies once again

In conjunction with May being Military Appreication Month, Comcast recently released "The Aviators" ad campaign to honor the nation's veterans, service members and their families. "For more than 60 years, Comcast had had a special relationship with the military community ... and we're proud to reaffirm that commitment again today," said

Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

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Army Adjutant General’s Corps to host forum

The Adjutant General's Corps (AGC) is the branch of the Army that shapes and makes the service what it is. "Our first charge by the Department of Defense is in its enduring mission ‘to provide combat-credible military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of our nation," explained  Virgil

Spring into cleaning your financial house

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Spring into cleaning your financial house

The annual ritual of spring cleaning provides an opportunity to prep the flower beds, reorganize the garage and cleaning up around the house. With that said, however, the season also lends itself into putting one's money house in order. This may mean taking the time to look over financial accounts, from

ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

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ACU to celebrate 70 years of service

Over the course of this year, America's Credit Union (ACU) will be celebrating its 70th Anniversary with its members and the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community. "Through various celebratory events, support opportunities and member recognition, we'll be launching ‘70 Acts of Kindness' to commemorate our anniversary and demonstrate our continued commitment to

TMS with a purpose

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TMS with a purpose

A joke in high school led Kris Peterson to help others. "Some of my friends were interested in the military, and one day they put an application to West Point on my desk as a joke," began the native of Lakewood, WA. "I was not a military person, I was much

It’s about helping Wounded Warriors

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It’s about helping Wounded Warriors

Tony Anderson's life is about helping others. "When I was growing up, I learned that it was good to help other people," the native of Tacoma and former Marine began. "I've never forgotten the people who helped me and my mom." Retired from the Washington State Department of Agriculture, he has volunteered

LTG William ‘Bill’ Harrison passes

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LTG William ‘Bill’ Harrison passes

When asked to describe an act that defined Lakewood Mayor (Emeritus) and retired Army Lt. Gen. William H. Harrison, Council Member Mike Brandstetter argued there were "lots of stand-out actions." He explained that at a council meeting years ago a resident commented that he was not an important individual. "Mayor Harrison

JBLM’s TAPs is the best in the west

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JBLM’s TAPs is the best in the west

Making the transition from military life to civilian life can be a challenge. In order to help service members understand this change, the Transition Assistance Program (TAP) team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord stands ready to help. The program's mission is to prepare and connect service members  to the resources needed to

Voting for CPSD’s students

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Voting for CPSD’s students

The Clover Park School District exists to create promising futures by providing educational programs in order to prepare its students for the careers of tomorrow. Joint Base Lewis-McChord hosts six CPSD schools: Beachwood Elementary, Carter Lake Elementary, Evergreen Elementary, Hillside Elementary, Meriwether Elementary and Rainier Elementary. While the district receives state

Heroes on the Water

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Heroes on the Water

When Tony Isaac retired from the Air Force,  he decided to treat himself to a gift. "I wanted a fishing boat as a retirement gift and decided a kayak was the way to go," he began. "I really enjoyed the peace and quiet of being on the water in a kayak

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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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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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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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Words & Photos: Salute the Troops packs the Lakewood Towne Center

Star Clayton felt appreciated. "It just good to be here today," said the active-duty member's spouse as her daughter, Emily, had her bangs trimmed. "This is the first time I've ever experienced something like this, and it's nice to be appreciated by the community." In what has become an area tradition, The Ranger

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Remembering Our POWs and MIAs: JBLM hosts commemorative ride

The bikers showed up. Some rode in individually; others rode in groups of two or three. All represented Joint Base Lewis-McChord. "It's one team, one fight, right?" commented Senior Master Sgt. Kenneth Morain as we stood in a parking lot next to Memorial Grove at McChord Field and watched as the riders gathered. Morain

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Rising Thunder Stresses Partnership: Japanese and JBLM soldiers train at Yakima

The back blast from the howitzer instantly raised the fine dry desert dust.  A 155 mm shell sliced through the warm morning air toward a target miles away - sort of like the way the first sip of a cold beer feels as it goes down on a hot day. As silence

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