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PCSing to Alaska

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PCSing to Alaska

The RMG Real Estate Network works to make  the mission of moving to Alaska a less daunting challenge. "It's no small feat," wrote Jake Nelson, a buyer's specialist, in an email. "Leave room for adjustment. Whether you plan on flying, driving or taking a ferry, it is a long trip. We

Sexual assault in the military

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Sexual assault in the military

At this moment, sexual assault is the most prevalent crime in the United States. "But the thing is," wrote Jenifer Kuadli in an article entitled "32 Shocking Sexual Assault Statistics for 2021", "sexual assault statistics reflect that many crimes are still not fully addressed or understood." Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin III

PTSD and heart disease

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PTSD and heart disease

The majority of previous studies on the connection between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Ischemic Heart Disease (IHD) have focused on male populations. PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that may occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event; IHD is a term given to heart problems caused by

Service with humility

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Service with humility

After an unfortunate turn of events, a respected Washington National Guard soldier had been jailed. While the soldier awaited his court appearance, the state's Adjutant General took the time to visit and talk to him. He told the soldier that he was accountable for his actions, but more importantly he

Two jobs, one community

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Two jobs, one community

Maj. Ashley Coffey, a senior human resource officer with the 56th Theater Information Operations Group, Washington Army National Guard, intelligently and seamlessly blends her military responsibilities with her civilian job as a program manager with Amazon's Global Military Affairs team. "I'm lucky enough to be able to serve the military community

COVID compounding depression, trauma

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COVID compounding depression, trauma

As the global COVID-19 pandemic lessens, mental health care professionals are now concerned with confronting post-COVID stress disorder. To understand the connection between the psychological impact of COVID-19 and PTSD, an Italian survey (the COVID-19-PTSD questionnaire) was created to study this connection. "These results are relevant from a clinical point of view

A most resilient soldier

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A most resilient soldier

In facing numerous challenges in life, Spc. Isamar Hansen, 23rd Brigade Engineer Battalion, personifies resilience. "There have been a lot of challenges in my life," she stated in an email. Born and raised in Venezuela, she came to America as an International student to learn English at North Seattle Community College. While

Earning her tab

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Earning her tab

In thinking back on becoming the 32nd female soldier to earn a Ranger tab, 1Lt. Brittany Taylor neatly articulated the progress of history. "I do not think I have made history, but continued history," she wrote in an email.  "I am forever grateful for all of the trailblazing women who have

Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

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Reservist on cutting edge of COVID-19 fight

For one who has come from nothing, Senior Airman Louis Shackelford has made a significant contribution to the struggle against COVID-19. "The first obstacle I had to overcome that still echoes through my life was growing up Black, extremely poor, raised by my single mother in one of the poorest neighborhoods/public

Service to the core

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Service to the core

Michael Ake's service in his civilian and military occupations is an excellent definition and example of what it means to be a citizen soldier. As both the interim Chief of Police of Tacoma and the commander of the 56th Theater Information Operations Group (TIOG), Washington Army National Guard, his focus is

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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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