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Restoring JBLM history

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Restoring JBLM history

Gordon Ponsford walked under and around a Douglas B-23 Dragon aircraft as he explained the finer points of airplane restoration. "Note the perfect line between the blue and the white here on the emblem on this wing," he said. "It is hand-painted," continued Ponsford, "and that means if we have to take

Harley-Davidson opens the throttle on caring

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Harley-Davidson opens the throttle on caring

In 1901, a man by the name of William Harley completed a blueprint of an engine designed to propel a bicycle. For the next two years, he and his friend, Arthur Davidson, worked on the "motor-bicycle" in a small machine shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Their engineering efforts proved successful, and the

Celebrating conservation, connecting with nature

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Celebrating conservation, connecting with nature

Biologist Rachel Carson once noted, "... conservation is a cause that has no end. There is no point at which we will say our work is finished." In line with this thought, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), in conjunction with the Tacoma Sportsmen's Club, will host a free

Dirt therapy

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Dirt therapy

Veterans Back 40 Adventure engages in "dirt therapy" by opening up the throttle of life by connecting veterans to their peers, loved ones, and themselves through dirt bike riding. As to its name, veterans comprise the organization; Back 40 refers to the training area on most military installations; and Adventure is

Mobility Guardian 2019

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Mobility Guardian 2019

The stage is set for Air Mobility Command's (AMC) premier, large-scale mobility exercise, Mobility Guardian 2019 (MG19) exercise. Hosted by the 92nd and 141st Air Refueling Wings located at Fairchild Air Force Base, the exercise is scheduled to take place Sept. 8-28. Over 2,500 airmen from across the United States and from

Bring strength to your military home

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Bring strength to your military home

Dr. Casey Taft was wrapping up his residency at a Veterans Administration hospital when 9/11 happened. Soon after, he became aware of reports about the difficulties military families were experiencing after deployments. In 2002, the issue of intimate partner violence (IPV) came to light when four women were killed by their

TEACH-NOW

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TEACH-NOW

There is a global demand for kindergarten thru 12th grade teachers. To meet the need, Washington, D.C.-based TEACH-NOW offers prospective teachers an activities-based, collaborative learning-to-teach program. The online teacher preparation program takes candidates nine months to complete before they are certified. "This program is really built on the delivery model of activity-based,

Main Street pride

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Main Street pride

The pride a city has in itself is almost always found on Main Street. A generic pair of words used to denote the primary retail street of a town or small city, Main Street is usually comprised of shops and retailers that form the city's central business district. But more than that,

Lightning Challenge strikes!

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Lightning Challenge strikes!

A rather tired-looking Capt. Gerald Montgomery opened his eyes and said, "There is a great deal of respect that comes with this competition," the officer attached to Detachment 1, 20th Air Support Operations Squadron (ASOS) said, "and the units represented here from around the world sent only their best TACPs." TACP

A constant for 20 years

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A constant for 20 years

Colonel Scovill Currin believes that Team McChord's best service is the standard for all others to follow. "Team McChord has set the standard since the opening day," the commander of the 62nd Airlift Wing said last Friday morning as he stood on the port side of the Spirit of McChord, the

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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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