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Hands-on training

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Deven Wolfe, left, uses paint to stripe around welds and edges as and fellow Soldier Nicholas Meade, middle, and instructor Anton Ruesing prepare to spray paint the metal surface inside the spray booth during a recent class at the Finishing Trades Institute Northwest in Seattle.

Painters and Allied Trades Veterans Program

As a result of attrition and military downsizing, between 6- and 8,000 Joint Base Lewis-McChord service members find themselves preparing for transition to the civilian sector.

Published: 01:43PM April 11th, 2014

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Published: 04:27PM April 4th, 2014

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Northwest Guardian

Published: 02:01PM April 17th, 2014

Hop on out of your winter coat and into spring to celebrate Easter with exciting events this weekend.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 03:26PM April 10th, 2014

A large number of service members and their families are expected to turn out for the 25th annual Washington State Spring Fair at the Washington State Fairgrounds in Puyallup.

Weekend Cover Story

Published: 03:28PM April 3rd, 2014

While April showers typically bring May flowers, that’s not the case in the Skagit Valley.

Today's Front Page
Benefits top list of concerns

Sgt. Maj. Troy Falardeau

Published: 01:11PM April 17th, 2014

WASHINGTON — Possible changes to military retirement benefits are the No. 1 concern of Soldiers, the Army’s top enlisted member told senators.

Free Service

Published: 01:07PM April 17th, 2014

Paying to have ranks and name tapes sewn onto your clothing? Haven’t you heard? Your fellow service members have you covered; sewing services will soon include all Soldiers and Airmen of all ranks at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

AFCS survey

Published: 01:03PM April 17th, 2014

Managers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Armed Forces Community Service hope to discover how different parts of the installation’s community are using the programs they offer by asking customers this month for their feedback.

Net Zero Competition

Published: 01:00PM April 17th, 2014

The latest Joint Base Lewis-McChord Net Zero competition results are in, and there’s a big new name at the top of the leaderboard.


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WIAA Hall of Fame Class of 2014

Published: 01:29PM April 17th, 2014

More than two decades after a prolific high school basketball career, Kate Starbird continues to be recognized.

2014 ISSF Shotgun World Cup

Published: 01:26PM April 17th, 2014

TUSCON, Ariz. — It was an all-American shootout for the gold and silver medals for Men’s Double Trap during the 2014 International Shooting Sports Federation (ISSF) Shotgun World Cup April 13 at the Tucson Trap and Skeet Club.

Published: 01:23PM April 17th, 2014

Children’s fishing derby on McChord

U.S. Paralympic Skiing

Published: 01:19PM April 17th, 2014

FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — In one moment Senior Airman Sean Halsted felt the rope in his hands, and in the next, it was gone. That millisecond was all it took to leave the young Airman with a debilitating injury that would cause him to reassess his entire future. This accident would not only test his resiliency, but it would also test the resiliency of his brothers — brothers in blood and in service.

View From The Top

Published: 12:38PM April 17th, 2014

Over the past year, I Corps has made incredible strides and laid the foundation for continued success in the Asia-Pacific region. As we look toward the future, we will continue this momentum to ensure that the “Team of Teams” is globally-responsive, regionally engaged and capable of worldwide deployment. In order to do this, I Corps will focus on the following four priorities in 2014: Invest in the Pacific; Leader Development; Trained, Ready and Resilient Formations; and Build Partner Capacity.


Published: 12:33PM April 17th, 2014

SOUTHWEST ASIA — Have you set goals for your future? Goals can be short or long-term, personal, professional, spiritual or physical, and are usually specific to a person or group. According to Dr. Gail Matthews, a psychology professor at Dominican University in California, you are 42 percent more likely to reach a goal by writing it down. In short, a goal that is not written down is just a thought.

View From The Top

Published: 01:39PM April 10th, 2014

At Madigan, patients work with their primary care teams in Patient-Centered Medical Homes as partners in care, to foster a spirit of health, wellness and trust.

Air defenders earn combat patches


Published: 10:38AM April 16th, 2014

FORWARD OPERATING BASE SHANK, Afghanistan— The tell is small and subtle, but every Soldier knows that the shoulder sleeve insignia, or “combat patch,” worn on the right sleeve denotes service in a combat zone.

Published: 10:46AM January 9th, 2014

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — Many leaders in today’s army have graduated from the United States Military Academy. It is not uncommon then, during a time of war, for classmates to run into each other while down range. There was an uncommon occurrence, however, this past month when the 130th Engineer Brigade arrived in Afghanistan to assume responsibility of the Theater Engineer Brigade (TEB) from the 555th Engr. Bde.

Published: 12:58PM September 23rd, 2013

HELMAND PROVINCE, Afghanistan — Army Special Forces Soldiers have helped shape the future of Afghanistan during a critical turning point in the fight against insurgents in the Nimroz and Helmand provinces since their arrival in May 2013.