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Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s forestry techs Justin Osborn, left, and Mike Rodriguez cool down the root system of Douglas fir tree while working along the fire line July 23 during the Spanaway Marsh fire on JBLM’s Training Area 9.

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An 80-acre wildfire on the 350-acre Training Area 9, Spanaway Marsh, started on the evening of July 21 and continues to smoke, but is 100 percent contained.

Published: 01:45PM July 30th, 2015

The commander’s call name suited it well as Heritage Hill on McChord Field thundered with the noise of each of the 627th Air Base Groups squadrons yelling their battle cries loud and clear in response to their squadron’s names July 24.

Published: 01:44PM July 30th, 2015

One of the only constants in the military is change, and this has been a summer of change for Joint Base Lewis-McChord as almost every major command on base has or will change.

555th Engineer Brigade

Published: 01:44PM July 30th, 2015

Col. Timothy W. Holman hands over command of the 555th Engineer Brigade to Col. Larry F. Dillard in a July 23 ceremony.

Published: 01:42PM July 30th, 2015

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is a officially a StormReady Community after being officially declared in front of their 24-hour warning point and Emergency Operations Center at the JBLM Operations Center building July 24.

Published: 01:40PM July 30th, 2015

The 189th Infantry Brigade, First Army Division West, welcomed a new command team at Joint Base Lewis-McChord July 22 in a traditional ceremony to the music of the 34th Infantry Division’s “Red Bull” band.

Published: 01:35PM July 30th, 2015

Soldiers with the Washington National Guard’s C Battery, 2nd Battalion, 146th Field Artillery Regiment, provided fire support for the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment July 17-24 during a training mission on Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 01:34PM July 30th, 2015

The Air National Guard used a C-17 to transport three simulated patients with highly infectious illnesses from Volk Field, Wis., to Offutt Air Force Base, Neb., July 23.

Published: 01:34PM July 30th, 2015

The Defense Department closed loopholes to protect U.S. men and women in uniform from predatory lending practices, President Barack Obama said July 21 at the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars National Convention in Pittsburgh.

Published: 01:29PM July 30th, 2015

Clover Park School District has been awarded a $40 million grant to rebuild Evergreen Elementary School.

Published: 11:06AM July 23rd, 2015

A once world-record flagpole has been given new life on Lewis Main, after construction workers recently unearthed its 65-ton base during construction near the DuPont Gate. Above, workers maneuver the remains of the former Camp Lewis flagpole into place (bottom right) near Pershing Circle, where it will be permanantly displayed. The 300-foot-tall flagpole (bottom right) was first raised on Oct. 12, 1918, and included a 60-by 90-foot, 257-pound flag.

Published: 10:36AM July 23rd, 2015

As Exercise Talisman Sabre 15 wrapped up in Australia Saturday, the land component commander of that 15-day exercise said the United States’ involvement signifies commitment to partner nations in the Pacific region.

Published: 10:34AM July 23rd, 2015

Soldiers from the 555th Engineer Brigade started their weekend fun early July 17. More than 30 Soldiers performed helocast training from UH-60N Black Hawk helicopters over American Lake on Lewis North.

Published: 10:33AM July 23rd, 2015

Eight I Corps Soldiers raised the barrels of an F88 Austeyr and began firing after hearing the command, “Instant!” The Soldiers fired the Australian primary weapon during a familiarization session in the Weapon Training Simulation System at Gallipoli Barracks, Australia, July 16.

Published: 10:32AM July 23rd, 2015

Air Force Reserve medical technicians from the 446th Aeromedical Staging Squadron completed tactical combat casualty care training as part of their annual training requirements in an exercise dubbed “Care Under Fire” July 11-16 at the South 40 by the south approach way of McChord Field.

Published: 10:32AM July 23rd, 2015

I Corps and the Royal Australian Army completed the sixth iteration of Talisman Sabre 15 Saturday.

Published: 10:28AM July 23rd, 2015

Soldiers of 4th Squadron, 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) and Airmen from the 7th Squadron, British Royal Air Force conducted a bilateral training June 5 through June 26 on Joint Base Lewis-McChord that built up the relationship of the two forces, and prepared each to work together in future endeavors.

Published: 10:23AM July 23rd, 2015

It’s dusty. It’s hot. It’s the National Training Center, Fort Irwin, Calif. Yet, despite the harsh conditions, it’s a place for Soldiers of all ranks and military specialties to test their skills against a simulated enemy force intent on winning the fight.

Published: 10:21AM July 23rd, 2015

Soldiers from the 201st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade said goodbye to their outgoing commander and welcomed a new commander during a change of command ceremony Wednesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Published: 10:19AM July 23rd, 2015

Five Airmen from the 446th Forces Support Squadron deployed Saturday for what could be the unit’s last opportunity to support Air Force Mortuary Affairs Operations at Dover Air Force Base, Del.

Published: 10:17AM July 23rd, 2015

Training, training and more training is the recipe for success in 3rd Platoon, B Company, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment.

Published: 10:18AM July 23rd, 2015

Air Force Gen. Darren W. McDew, currently the commander of Air Mobility Command — Transcom’s air component — has been nominated to succeed Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who has been nominated to be the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. McDew served as the 62nd Operations Group commander when Selva was the 62nd Airlift Wing commander at McChord Field in the early 2000s.

Published: 10:16AM July 23rd, 2015

Bodies lay strewn around a simulated C-17 Globemater III that has crashed. Cries of agony echoed in the clearing on McChord Field as a firetruck sprayed the front of the metal representation of a burning cargo plane, its rusty hull turning dark as the water flows.

Published: 10:13AM July 23rd, 2015

Soldiers should check their emails in the coming weeks for the chance to provide input on possible revisions to aspects of the Army uniform and wear policy.

Published: 10:12AM July 23rd, 2015

JBLM Sustainable is accepting applications for its Net Zero contest. Winners have a chance to win up to $10,000 for their unit.

Published: 10:11AM July 23rd, 2015

Vacation Bible School teaches children values during days of fun activities.

Published: 12:33PM July 16th, 2015

On a cool morning, six I Corps Soldiers conducted physical training, lifting truck tires, full water cans and three-foot steel bars. It could have been any PT session, but this one had a bit of a twist.

Published: 12:39PM July 16th, 2015

Airmen studying for career development and promotion opportunities will begin to receive study materials solely online by Oct. 1, 2017.

Published: 12:37PM July 16th, 2015

July 10 was a day to remember for regulars who ate at I Corps DFAC building because it was the last meal they would ever get to have there. On June 1, I Corps made the decision that the HHB, I Corps DFAC on Pendleton Ave. will close after their last meal July 10 in order to support HQDA and FORSCOM optimization plans and meet cost reduction goals, said Henry McNeily, Command Food Service Advisor, I Corps G4.

Published: 12:36PM July 16th, 2015

A lone house sits on top of a hill amongst a suburb of Brisbane, Australia. It is a house like any other house on the block; one where you would expect a small family to reside. But inside the house lies a secret history.