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Great bagels

Einstein Bros. Bagels is a bagel and coffee chain that provides Joint Base Lewis-McChord customers with a delicious variety of bagels. Simply put, a bagel is a round bread made from five ingredients: flour, salt, water, yeast and malt. The dough is boiled and then baked to a rich caramel color;

Construction at JBLM

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Construction at JBLM

Commuters to and from Joint Base Lewis-McChord will have to pardon the construction at the Lewis Main Liberty Gate at Exit 120. Work will begin the beginning of June and should be completed by the end of September. Only two of the four access lanes will be open for incoming traffic

Strong families last

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Strong families last

Leighann and Nathan Trodahl are strong parents. Leighann joined the Army as a way to take control of her own destiny, do something on her own and in the process accomplish something to be proud of. She served honorably for eight years, but her career ended due to a disability. "Even saying

Trained and ready to go

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Trained and ready to go

A C-17 landed smoothly at McChord Field last Sunday morning. Lt. Col. Mike Haedt and Capt. Kyle McElheran, both Reservists assigned to the 446th Airlift "Rainier" Wing, made it seem easy. The wing provides 1,900 combat-ready Reserve citizen airmen to support worldwide airlift and military operations. Haedt and McElheran taxied the aircraft to

Speaking well for six decades

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Speaking well for six decades

Public speaking is not easy. "I'd rather be fighting the Taliban than doing public speaking," a soldier told John Dawson, a noted public speaker trainer. The soldier's comment is indicative of what many may think when they must speak publically. But if they must, then Toastmasters International is an organization worth considering. The

A conversation on leadership

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A conversation on leadership

Former secretary of defense and director of the Central Intelligence Agency Robert Gates will speak at the University of Puget Sound.  The highly decorated statesman, scholar and best-selling author will participate in a discussion titled "A Conversation With Dr. Robert Gates" on April 25 at 7:30 p.m. in the university's

Purple Up!

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Purple Up!

North Thurston Public Schools (NTPS) are proud to participate in activities that underscore the important role military children play in the area's Armed Forces. Sponsored by the Department of Defense Military Community and Family Policy, April has been designated as the Month of the Military Child. This observance began in 1986

A bench of history

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A bench of history

The Washington State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (WSSDAR), Mary Ball Chapter, invites the Joint Base Lewis-McChord community to a dedication ceremony at Memorial Park this Sunday, April 22, at 10:30 a.m. The event will mark the dedication of a commemorative bench honoring women, with the theme of

New playground for Chloe Clark

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New playground for Chloe Clark

April is designated as Month of the Military Child, and it was established as a way to raise awareness of the important role children play in the military community. This week, KaBoom! and The CarMax Foundation continue their partnership in building community playgrounds, and the two organizations will host 11 community

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Quiet town in the shadow of Mount Rainier

About 20 years ago, the mountain town of Graham had a population of about 9,000. Over this period of time, it has become one of the fastest growing municipalities in the country, with over 15,000 folks arriving in just the last decade. Graham is named after Smith Graham, who in 1905

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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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