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January 7, 2014 at 7:22am

Tuesday Morning Joe: Angry Republicans, trouble in Iraq, weather, Siri hates "Her" ...

The Starbucks in Tacoma's Proctor District has recently been remodeled.


Republicans slammed the White House yesterday over the resurgence of al Qaeda in Iraq, calling on the administration to do more to help the Iraqis push back against the affiliate groups.

The top enlisted sailor aboard the USS Germantown has been temporarily relieved in the wake of allegations of sexual assault made by a crewmember.

The Defense Department announced the rotational deployment of the U.S. Army's 1st Battalion, 12th Cavalry Regiment, 1st U.S. Cavalry Division from Fort Hood, Texas to Camps Hovey and Stanley, Republic of Korea, will go down Feb. 1.?This combined arms battalion, comprised of approximately 800 soldiers and its own wheeled and tracked vehicles, will deploy to conduct operations in support of U.S. Forces Korea and Eighth Army.

The fight to control Iraq's biggest province, Anbar, has intensified, with air attacks by the military killing dozens of people and the army preparing an assault on a city controlled by al-Qaeda linked fighters.

Civil war lingers in Iraq and al Qaeda's comeback in Anbar province raises new questions about whether the U.S. should have left troops there.

The images of al-Qaeda militants surging back into cities that were secured at an enormous sacrifice has chilled Americans who fought in Iraq.

Former Army Spc. Chance Darby was reunited at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl with the Advanced Combat Helmet that saved his life in Afghanistan, he said the headgear had successfully stopped an enemy rifle bullet, but left him with two big headaches.

The Army's rapid fielding of network systems to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan led to vastly improved communications capabilities on the battlefield - but also increased network complexity.

U.S. Army conducting joint study to improve bone health in military personnel.

What was learned from the five-part Beyonce documentary.

Albert Camus: Hot.

Star Wars-styles 3D hologram phone on the market in five years, it could.

Rolling Stone hosts the new Bruce Springsteen album for streaming.

See Nirvana dedicate a song to River Phoenix in this rare concert footage.

Siri dissess the movie Her.

Smellcome to Manhood ...

January 5, 2014 at 7:27pm

Inside look at U.S. Army's All-American Bowl marketing program

Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. John Campbell gives a pep talk to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl East team in the locker room before the start of the game at the Alamodome in San Antonio Jan. 4. Photo credit: Pfc. Thomas Love

Ed. note: Brian Lepley is a journalist with the U.S. Army Recruiting Command.

Future NCAA and NFL players weren't the only stars at the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl Saturday.

Senior general officers, the U.S. Army Field Band, the Old Guard Drill Team, Medal of Honor recipients and the Golden Knights were all part of the Army's biggest marketing and outreach event, staged each January in San Antonio.

The West team beat the East 28-6 in the high school senior national all-star game  Jan. 4 in the Alamodome. The game, however, concludes a week of activity that publicizes the Army's recruiting efforts.


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January 4, 2014 at 8:29am

Saturday Morning Joe: Recruiting down, terrorist puppet, weather, Angry Birds on wheels ...

Masaala Chai Café in Lacey serves the best Indian espresso this side of the planet.


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry says Israel and the Palestinians are making progress towards reaching a framework peace agreement but they are not there yet.

The Army and Army Reserve recruiting missions for the coming year have been sharply reduced from previous levels as the service braces for a drawdown of nearly 40,000 soldiers in two years.

Defense Department announced some spots on the planet are not as scary anymore and will withdraw imminent danger pay.

An inside look at the 446th Air Force Medical Service Corps at McChord Field.

The Egyptian government's crackdown on suspected Islamists has come to this: a terrorism probe focused on a puppet.

The year 2013 ended with the most Iraqi civilian deaths and injuries in five years.

Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki vowed to eliminate "all terrorist groups" in Iraq's Anbar province, where militants have seized all of one city and parts of another.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is the premier high school football event in the country, and it goes down today.

Relive the harrowing hour when the doomed Apollo 13 moon mission turned into a quest for survival

People in white lab coats say dogs choose the direction they poop based on our planet's magnetic field.

Angry Birds on wheels.

Let's hope she's not at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl ...

January 3, 2014 at 7:26am

Friday Morning Joe: Military compensation, Mandofun, weather, duck soldiers and more ...

Alice Olsen is proud of the coffee and food served at Primo Espresso, located at 8404 Steilacoom Blvd. in Lakewood. Military members - retired, active duty, Guard and Reserve - and college students receive a 10 percent discount on all purchases.


The Department of Defense announced yesterday the death of a Marine who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. Sgt. Jacob M. Hess, 22, of Spokane, Wash., died Jan. 1, 2014, while supporting combat operations in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. Hess was assigned to Marine Aviation Logistics Squadron 26, Marine Aircraft Group 26, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The commission that could trigger historic changes to military pay and benefits system was granted an extension and will not conclude its work until February 2015, which means the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission is not likely to influence this year's budget negotiations and decision-making on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon.

The 14th annual U.S. Army All-American Bowl will be played Saturday in San Antonio, and the festivities include Army soldier mentors battling in a Dream Challenge.

The U.S. is pulling more personnel from the U.S. embassy in Juba, South Sudan, as the security situation there continues to deteriorate. Two KC-130J aircraft assigned to the Marine Corps' crisis-response force have responded.

An Air Force report says a mechanical malfunction that started in a fuel leak caused the crash of an Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1B bomber during a training exercise in August over southeastern Montana.

The military has been unwilling to spend the time training their troops to use pain rays and stun grenades, even for situations where they hypothetically could help.

Futurist David Brin uses pattern recognition to suggest that the 21st century really begins now, in 2014.

Geoffrey Ingersoll of Business Insider shares "31 Phrases that Only People in the Military Will Understand," including the fun "Mandofun" - short for "mandatory fun."

The Wolf of Wall Street appears to have set a record for the most uses of the f-word in a single film.

Truth is stranger than fiction: A Florida man who won a raffle to watch the series finale of Breaking Bad with the cast has been charged with running a drug distribution operation.

Here comes the duck soldiers...

January 2, 2014 at 10:51am

4-2 SBCT soldiers fire support certification training

Soldiers with 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division set up a lightweight laser designator rangefinder during fire support certifications at JBLM. Photo credit: Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, 4-2 SBCT, 7th ID Public Affairs Office)

In early December, soldiers of 4-2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 7th Infantry Division participated in fire support certifications at Joint Base lewis-McChord. According to Sgt. Kimberly Hackbarth, "The certification tested soldiers' individual fire support specialist skills based on the training circular for field artillery gunnery including hands-on evaluations of radio proficiency, map reading and use of the M2 compass."

Read Sgt. Hackbarth's full story "Fire support soldiers certify on FO skills".

January 2, 2014 at 7:30am

Thursday Morning Joe: Madigan doctor just does it, weather, exploding rubber duckie and more news ...

Rikki Long, a shift supervisor at the Lakewood Starbucks at Highway 512 and South Tacoma Way, has a cup of joe for you. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson


The "Spartans" of 3rd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), have once again come into the mountains of Afghanistan, because they are bad asses.

Air Force Col. Richard H. McBride wants all service members to be part of a new arms race. And by arms race we mean he wants service members to roll up their sleeves and donate blood to help their fellow service members and their families.

A lot of people start the beginning of every year making a bunch of empty promises to themselves, but it doesn't have to be that way.  A doctor at Madigan Army Medical Center in Joint Base Lewis-McChord has made a sound resolution backed by promoted by the surgeon general of the Army.

The U.S. has transformed a boat into a super drug sniffer with a high-tech system that can neutralize lethal chemical weapons such as nerve gas with water and bleaching compounds ... and it's going to set sail for Syria.

Skype, the popular Internet phone call provider, is not just for conversations with your easily amused parents or faraway best friends anymore. It's also for bad guys in the Syrian Electronic Army.

They were called the Stern Gang and it catapulted British MI5's involvement with counterterrorism during the Cold War.

The new year got a little happier for one Iraq War vet. He made the first pot purchase in Colorado.

But hey, happy new year! Let's all look forward to the year of the horse, the salamander, the e-engagement, the modest sheath dress, family farming, Luigi, the haggis, vertical downspacing and 48 other things proclaimed by writers all over the world.

Did you know calendars repeat periodically? Yep! The year 2014 has the same days and dates as 1975. Therefore, Morning Joe crew will live this year by the 1975 Marvel Comics calendar.

Where are they now? There were 16 overlooked deaths from 2013, including the crazy person who gave us "Wild Thing."

Oh, the horror! The giant rubber duckie that has been going around the globe for the past few months - bringing peace and joy to all of humanity - has exploded in Taiwan.

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