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It’s about teamwork

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It’s about teamwork

Dan Cathers, Virginia Nickelson, Frank Hyke, Tonya Borden, David Edgeworth, Jon Eaton, Kevin Henry and I traveled to Seattle last Sunday morning to participate in one of GORUCK's popular Star Course 15K Events. Along with their rucks, the others wore their red shirt affiliation with Team Red, White & Blue (RWB)

A hot and lifesaving sauce

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A hot and lifesaving sauce

In a fashion, a hot sauce can save lives. "Fire in The Hole hot sauce is made from our own certified organic garlic, peppers and our on-site raw honey," began Angela Sullivan, executive assistant for Growing Veterans, an organization that helps veterans. "These bottles pack just the right balance, heat and sweet." The

Pierce College leads the nation in vocation

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Pierce College leads the nation in vocation

Serving in the Armed Forces provides service members with a measure of experience, a modest paycheck, medical coverage and housing.  But the largest benefit to be found is the classroom, particularly when a service member begins to consider transitioning from the military into the civilian job market. "Tuition assistance is an incredible

Troxell returns to the Northwest

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Troxell returns to the Northwest

Retired Command Sgt. Maj. John Wayne Troxell has returned to the Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) community. "We were here for so many years as the Brigade Command Sergeant Major of the 4th Stryker Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, and as I Corps' Command Sergeant Major," he wrote in an email. "JBLM is

Planning for a career beyond the military

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Planning for a career beyond the military

Benjamin Franklin observed that an education is the investment in oneself that pays the best interest. This is a statement Army veteran Eddy Cruz embraced when he transitioned from the military to the civilian work world. "Look for what you can learn and how you can add to yourself," he wrote in

Fuel your rush!

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Fuel your rush!

As Scott Mills neared the end of his close to 23 years of service in the Air Force, he knew that he wanted to go into business for himself. The service had allowed him to obtain a Bachelor's Degree in Aeronautics and a Master's Degree in Business Administration. "I think my dad's

Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

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Ham Grenade brings holiday spirit

Gratitude characterized the 10th Annual Ham Grenade stop at the Warrior Transition Battalion at the Madigan Army Medical Center last Friday morning. "This event and all the events we host are to say thank you for the many sacrifices our military families live out every day," said Isabella Colvin, vice president

Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

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Voatz -- a mobile elections platform

To ensure that deployed service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) in Pierce County could vote in the recent 2019 elections, the county's auditor's office piloted the first mobile elections platform in Washington state. "We opted to try a mobile voting solution when we were confronted by the imminent withdrawal from

Soldier honored at Rogers High School

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Soldier honored at Rogers High School

Rogers High School in Puyallup unveiled a monument last Friday afternoon honoring Medal of Honor recipient SSgt. Ronald Shurer. Escorted by the school's Battalion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) Cmdr. Duane O'Brien and Command Sgt. Maj. Erica Gonzales, the 1997 graduate of the school and his family spent the day

Spreading the holiday spirit

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Spreading the holiday spirit

For many Americans, the holiday season is one filled with family fun, food and festivities accented by cards, lights on a Christmas tree, and nicely wrapped gifts. But for some service members' families, their military budgets do not leave much leeway in order for them to celebrate a traditional Christmas holiday. To

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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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