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REBOOTing faith in life

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REBOOTing faith in life

To reboot a life is to restore a life. For many psychologically wounded servicemembers suffering from PTSD and the effects it has on their families, finding a sense of hope and safety in their lives is a challenge. The REBOOT Combat Recovery (RCR) course presents a way for veterans and their loved

Runway closed for repairs

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Runway closed for repairs

McChord Field's 10,100-foot runway is getting a much-needed make-over. In two separate reconstruction projects being conducted simultaneously, cracked pavement will be replaced as airfield circuitry, lighting and signage are upgraded. "We're very excited about this project because it means continued safe operational capability for our base, our aircraft and our personnel," said

Lending a home-buying hand

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Lending a home-buying hand

Benefits help individuals obtain something they desire. Some of these can make a large difference in a person's life. A VA Home Loan is an example of a benefit that plays a significant role in a potential buyer's decisions to finance a home. For servicemembers and veterans thinking about using their VA

JBLM Special Tactics Officer honors fallen

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JBLM Special Tactics Officer honors fallen

Second Lt. Matthew Winkeleer rucked into American history. A Special Tactics Officer assigned to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's 22nd Special Tactics Squadron, Winkeleer and 19 other Special Tactics airmen from other squadrons marched 830 miles in 11 days during a 5th Special Tactics Memorial March. "We consider it an honor to be the

Help for infertility

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Help for infertility

Infertility affects both sexes equally. It is a condition of the reproduction system that prevents the conception of children, and it affects about 10 to 15 percent of couples in this country. The diagnosis is usually given to those who have been attempting to conceive for a least one year without

New Apple app helps vets

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New Apple app helps vets

In partnership with the U.S. Veteran's Administration (VA), Apple, Inc. recently announced that the Health app included with every iPhone will soon allow veterans to sync with certain types of medical records. Beginning this summer, the "Health Records on iPhone" feature will let veterans populate their devices with information on allergies,

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

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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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